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Original Bengal Samp dies
3-10-05, 8:35 p.m.

Phil Samp, the Bengals' first radio play-by-play man whose long career was marked by a rich voice and spare, incisive no-frills description, died Tuesday morning at 76. Samp had moved to Tuscon, Ariz., where he died after a brief battle with liver cancer. Samp retired after the Bengals' last playoff season in 1990, ending a 23-year run that began with the club's inception in 1968.

This makes me sad, and it makes me feel a bit older. For those too young to have heard him call a Bengals game, you missed out on a legend. He was to the Bengals what Marty Brennaman has been to the Reds. If you ever see any old Bengals highlight films from the 70s or 80s on ESPN Classic or the NFL Network, listen for the Bengals announcer in some of the clips. That's Phil. He is missed.