Budd Lynch first started announcing for the Detroit Red Wings more than 60 years ago. In 1949, just a few years after he fought in World War II, he was announcing the plays to the television audience. He had been with the team for some not so great seasons and through the best moments. He was there for all but three of the team's Stanley Cup wins, and has five championship rings to prove it. He won awards for his announcing. Even more importantly, though, to many fans, he was the voice for the team. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, the Red Wings team suffered a big loss when Lynch passed away. He was 95 and will be greatly missed by the team and fans. Over the years, there have been many beloved announcers that have also passed away leaving teams and fans with a large gap to fill. Here is a look at four of the other most memorable sports announcers.
Harry Caray first began announcing for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1945. He quickly became known for his personality and his style. After approximately 25 years with the Cardinals, Caray moved on to announce for the Oakland Athletics briefly before moving on to the Chicago White Sox. He once again won over the crowd and team in Chicago and stuck with the White Sox for 10 years. He became famous for singing along during the seventh inning stretch. In what could have been seen as a betrayal, he joined the Chicago Cubs in 1982. If there had been any bad blood over the move, it was well in the past by 1998. In 1998, Caray unexpectedly died. He was missed and is still remembered by the team members and people around the country.
Harry Kalas was the voice for the Philadelphia Phillies for almost four decades. Though his broadcasting career started in 1965, he did not join the Phillies until 1971. During his years with the team, he called World Series wins and he called many games that didn't go well for the team. There were great years and bad years. Through it all, he was a solid figure for the team and one that never wavered in support. He was enthusiastic and a big fan. He collapsed before a game in 2009 and died suddenly. Baseball fans mourned the unexpected loss of a legendary announcer.
Ernie Harwell was an announcer for different teams from 1949 until 2002. He spent most of his years broadcasting for the Detroit Tigers. For over 30 years, he was the voice many fans associated with the team. He retired in 2002 and was greatly missed. Tragically, in 2009, Harwell announced that he had been diagnosed with cancer. In 2010, he passed away. He was remembered by thousands of fans at the Tigers' stadium and by players over the course of the season.
The phrase "Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!" was created and popularized by Jan Gabriel. In 1968, he first began announcing at local race tracks and drag strips. He was known for his energy and enthusiasm for the sport and he worked hard to keep the crowd in the race. He quickly moved up to higher levels of racing and is credited with getting NASCAR and NHRA events televised. He always made time for the smaller tracks too, however. He had been diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease but two decades after his diagnosis, he succumbed to the disease in January of 2010. Motorsports fans from across the nation mourned his death.
Though Kristin Watt is not a fan of all sports, she does follow the news on most sports religiously. Major news events in sport do tend to ripple out to others and she makes sure that she never misses the big stories.
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