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    Re: Curt Gowdy dies

    Quote Originally Posted by BCubb2003
    Some people are claiming Gowdy was taken off baseball broadcasts after the 1975 series because of death threats against umpire Larry Barnett, due to Gowdy's comments that Barnett should have called interference on Ed Armbrister.
    Well, the drunk thing didn't help either. I think this has been cut from rebroadcasts of the Series, but I'm pretty sure he called "Touchdown!" when Perez hit the eephus homer in Game 7. Perhaps my memory is off a bit, but I'm almost positive he transposed touchdown for homer at some point in the Series and that it got him into hot water with the network.
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    Re: Curt Gowdy dies

    I always liked his comment on why it was taking so long to finish Riverfront stadium.

    KG:"It must be Kentucky's turn to use the cement mixer."

    The man definitly had little love for us but as others have said it really doesn't matter now.


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    Re: Curt Gowdy dies

    Remember the "American Sportsman" with Johnny Bench?

    That was great.
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    Re: Curt Gowdy dies

    Quote Originally Posted by westofyou
    Until his shameless homerism forever ingrained itself in Reds fans memories.
    when you listen to his final out call from the 75 Series I am not sure if he was ready to cry or fall asleep.
    What are you, people? On dope? - Mr Hand

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    Re: Curt Gowdy dies

    February 25, 2006
    A final ride past Fenway for Curt Gowdy
    By MARK PRATT, Associated Press Writer

    BOSTON (AP) -- A banner hanging outside Fenway Park said it all: "Thanks, Curt," as Boston bid farewell Saturday to the man whose voice gave fans a front-row seat at events from the World Series to the Super Bowl.

    Curt Gowdy's funeral procession circled the famed ballpark, pausing at the banner before heading to historic Trinity Church in Back Bay.

    "He loved the city of Boston, he loved New England and he loved the Boston Red Sox," Curt Gowdy Jr. said at the church. "He's smiling right now and thanking all of you."

    Gowdy died at 86 Monday of leukemia at his winter home in Palm Beach, Fla. He had kept a home in the Boston area since 1951, when he began a 15-year run as play-by-play broadcaster for the Red Sox.

    A billboard-sized banner showed Gowdy at the mike at Fenway last Aug. 28 for an appreciation that was his last visit to his beloved ballpark. Gowdy knew his health was failing.

    "The crowd showed their appreciation but they didn't know they were saying goodbye. He knew it," said Charles Steinberg, the team's executive vice president for public affairs.

    It was an emotional moment as the family paused at the banner.

    "We were all pretty much in tears," Gowdy Jr. said.

    Gowdy was known for his amiable description of big events, including 13 World Series, 16 All-Star baseball games, numerous Rose Bowls and NCAA Final Fours. He covered the first Super Bowl and the 1976 Olympics.

    A native of Green River, Wyo., Gowdy did his first radio play-by-play of a six-man football game in 1944 in Cheyenne.

    Alan Simpson, the retired senator from Wyoming, met Gowdy when he was 10 years old, in the locker room at the University of Wyoming.

    "I want to talk about a wonderful, good guy, who had a lot of fun," Simpson said, referring to his eulogy. "He was my idol."

    Simpson was touched to see construction workers pausing from their work and putting hard hats over their hearts as the hearse drove by: "That's true love."

    Gowdy spent two years as an announcer for the New York Yankees before moving to Boston. From 1966 through 1975 he was the voice of NBC's baseball "Game of the Week."

    Gowdy hosted the "American Sportsman" series on ABC from the early 1960s into the 1980s. Former presidents Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush appeared in fishing segments.

    Carla McElroy, a 55-year-old Medford native who now lives in Maine, was in town visiting family but went to Fenway Park to pay her respects.

    "He was part of our life. I grew up listening to the Red Sox with my grandfather," she said. "We would listen on the screened porch. We all grew up like that."

    "Enjoy this Reds fans, you are watching a legend grow up before your very eyes" ... DoogMinAmo on Adam Dunn

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