More on the greatness of Dave Niehaus who passed away this month at the age of 75...
I've long believed, especially as the game moved toward an era of nomadic players jumping at free agent contracts, that a good radio man eventually becomes as important to a franchise as anyone. A nightly conduit to the fans, men like Marty Brennaman in Cincinnati and Jerry Coleman in San Diego are there year after year, as opposed to, say, Pete Rose or Dave Winfield.
In a world in which things are changing more rapidly than ever, they bring consistency -- and sometimes, when the magic meets the moment, greatness.
But the great ones are fading away and, with them, an era. In today's short-attention span age, when scores are available over the Internet and teams jump radio stations every few years for a few more bucks, will the next generation have the same influence and stir the same feelings as guys like Niehaus, Kalas, Harwell and the great Jack Buck once did?
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Re: More on the greatness of Dave Niehaus who passed away this month at the age of 75
The mention of Jerry Coleman always makes me smile. My favorite call of all time is when he said "Winfield's head slams into the wall...and it's rolling towards the infield!"
Niehaus, Mary, Coleman, etc. are baseball to a lot of fans. I hope that they ultimately receive the attention and credit they all deserve for bringing the game to life in so many cars and living rooms across America.