Baseball memories

 
Posted11/21/2020 1:00 AM

In the Sunday, Nov. 15, issue Steve Zalusky wrote that baseball and radio were meant for each other. I grew up with radio and still enjoy news, sports and "old-time radio" shows.

One thing was missing from Steve's comments. For "out of town games," the broadcasters were not there. The "play by play" was made up because most were done by the announcer reading a ticker tape with minimum info such as ball or strike and definitely not that the ball was high, low, fast or curve, etc. Bob Elson was still doing this for the White Sox later than many because he had his regular Pump Room gig here in the city.

 

Today's broadcasts are hard to listen to because of the emphasis on having loud crowd noise mixed with the play-by-play or the chatter about movie stars and social media postings in place of what is actually happening on the field.

Fred Henning

Arlington Heights

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