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Remembering Philadelphia Legend Andy Musser: A Fan’s Look
The Philadelphia sports scene lost another great broadcaster when Andy Musser passed away on Sunday, January 22. Musser is most famous for being a broadcaster for the Philadelphia Phillies. However, he also called games for the Eagles, 76ers, and Villanova basketball team in addition to a variety of other sports. He was a true legend of the area. Now, he has joined Harry Kalas and Richie Asburn as Philadelphia broadcasting legends that have passed us by.
Musser worked with the Phillies from 1976 through 2001. During his time he called many famous moments, including a Mike Schmidt home run that essentially clinched the division in 1980. While Kalas is always going to be regarded as the most legendary sportscaster in the city, Musser deserves his place. He was there for so many moments. He called the World Series, the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals, and several other famous sports games. He will definitely be missed in this town.
The great thing about Musser was that he was so versatile in sports. While his days with the Phillies are his most famous, it should be noted that he was an equally impressive commentator when it came to basketball. He called the 76ers games during the late 1960s when they had some tremendous teams. Guys like Wilt Chamberlain were on the floor when Musser was calling games. He called the 76ers during some of their best seasons. It's kind of ironic that the year after he left that post the team started to decline. The Phillies had Kalas, but the 76ers have never had a guy quite like Musser.
Musser even has a connection to the current 76ers team. Doug Collins, the current coach, was a respected broadcaster before returning to coach this team for the 2010-11 season. Collins credits Musser with his rise to success in broadcasting. Collins said that Musser told him the television business. He did the same for Chris Wheeler and many other people that all Philadelphians know today. At the end of the day, Musser was a consummate pro that knew how to call games. He knew that he shouldn't be the focal point but that the action should. His simple delivery is something we don't see too often in sports anymore.
* - Mark Paul is a Philadelphia resident and 76ers fan. Follow him on Twitter here.
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