Sports broadcasting icon Brent Musburger will retire from play-by-play announcing on Jan. 31, ESPN announced Wednesday. When he officially walks away, it will mark the end of a 50-year career in which Musburger lent his legendary voice and style to virtually every sport under the sun.
Yes, that even includes baseball.
For a time, Musburger served as the play-by-play voice for Major League Baseball on CBS Radio. When he moved to ABC/ESPN in 1990, he started calling games on TV for both networks. That opportunity put him behind the microphone for one of baseball’s most iconic postseason moments, and not surprisingly Musburger delivered a call for the ages.
In 1995, the Seattle Mariners battled the New York Yankees in an epic ALDS that culminated with a memorable Game 5 at the old Kingdome. The entire series provided a host of memorable moments and equally terrific calls, but it was Edgar Martinez’s series-clinching walk-off double to score Ken Griffey Jr. that catapulted the series to another level.
At the time, the Mariners had never advanced to the ALCS. Days before, they had to go through the Angels just to get into the postseason after the two AL West rivals finished the regular season tied. It was a roller coaster of emotions all leading to the ultimate thrill, and Musburger managed to capture the excitement and the significance of the moment with his description of Griffey rounding third base and his final proclamation of “Mariners win it! Mariners win it!”
If you’re a Mariner’s fan, those words will forever give you chills.
If you’re a baseball fan, they will be the soundtrack of a moment we’ll not soon forget.
Our beloved game has enjoyed so many great moments and just as many classic calls. Musburger’s call on Oct. 8, 1995, will always be one of the best.
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