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Pat Hughes remembers when Harry Caray called a game with a tea bag dangling from his ear. Voices hail Lou Piniella: Columnist Christine Brennan says of author Curt Smith: Told by baseball's leading broadcast historian, endorsed by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and the National Radio Hall of Fame, and starring announcers who reach millions, A Talk in the Park brilliantly relates what baseball was, is, and is likely to become.

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Bill Emblom Top Contributor: Curt Smith has put together another interesting book relating anecdotes of various present-day baseball announcers. The book is dedicated to the late Detroit Tigers' announcer, Ernie Harwell, and features Harwell on the cover in addition to an interesting chapter relating stories involving Harwell told by former Tigers' television announcer Josh Lewin and present-day Tiger announcers Jim Price and Dan Dickerson among others.

This is one of my favorite chapters in the book since I have listened to Ernie Harwell since he joined the Tigers in Baseball's history is rich in anecdotes, and the announcer who can weave interesting stories throughout the game in addition to painting a picture of the scene played out before him to the radio listener is sure to capture the attention of his audience.

Present-day Dodgers' announcer Vin Scully has become a national treasure in doing this with the team since , and examples of Scully's work are provided such as his sign off following Fernando Valenzuela's no-hitter with "If you've got a sombrero, throw it to the sky! One states he was terrible his first year and less terrible the following. All these and others agree on the importance on being yourself, and not trying to rehearse what you plan on saying in advance of a historic call.

This book will be of interest to any baseball fan who can appreciate the intimate connection an announcer has to his favorite team. Those contemplating a career in sports broadcasting also will find it helpful to them. If you enjoy stories about the game of baseball you will find this book to be worth your time. This is a fun but not great read in my opinion.

It is easy to read in that the chapters are comprised of anectdotes pertaining to the theme of each chapter. You can read as much or as little as you want, stop,and pick it up later without missing a beat. I especially liked the chapter devoted to Ernie Harwell one of the most gracious and gentle men ever to broadcast the game.

The anecdotes are told by former or current broadcasters or even former players turned announcers. Some of the short stories are hilarious. As an example,and because I listened and watched the Phillies all my life, here's one by my favorite Phil announcer Rich Ashburn. Tim expresses surprise that the ash was so smooth, expecting it to be coarse.

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Ashburn listens and draws on his pipe, and says, "That's a fascinating story Timmy that you've just shared with us. But to be honest with you, I always thought that if you'd seen one piece of ash,you'd seen them all. His dad's last wish was for his remains to be sprinkled in the Astrodome. The guards all huddle and finally announce to the son. One person found this helpful. Learned about this work while listening to the Jim Bohannon Show one evening.

As an example,and because I listened and watched the Phillies all my life, here's one by my favorite Phil announcer Rich Ashburn. Tim expresses surprise that the ash was so smooth, expecting it to be coarse. Ashburn listens and draws on his pipe, and says, "That's a fascinating story Timmy that you've just shared with us.

But to be honest with you, I always thought that if you'd seen one piece of ash,you'd seen them all.

His dad's last wish was for his remains to be sprinkled in the Astrodome. The guards all huddle and finally announce to the son. View all 13 comments. Dec 31, Kevin rated it really liked it. This is a very good collection of stories and memories by baseball broadcasters.

Great inside details about baseball stars, managers and ballparks. Some of these broadcasters I grew up listening to and some I don't even know yes one theme pulls them all together. A terrific gift from a friend, this book is what a baseball fan needs in the dead of winter. Apr 01, Mike Gabor rated it really liked it Shelves: A nice collection of stories from baseball broadcasters. If you grew up listening to baseball on the radio I think this book will be to your liking.

I especially enjoyed the stories about the various players. Jul 22, Richard rated it it was amazing. This one is for baseball fans, especially if you grew-up listening to games on the radio more than watching on TV. The author interviewed some of the best depending on your point of view announcers in the business and collects their stories in different topics. Jul 25, J. Nicklaus rated it it was amazing.

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