March 12, 2005

Chuck Thompson will be sorely missed

I think John Eisenberg is correct to equate the death of Chuck Thompson in the same scope as that of John Unitas ["As a voice is stilled, memories are stirred," Monday].

Thompson's attention to detail and descriptiveness while calling a play were legendary.

He is more linked to the Orioles, but I feel his incredible talent shined more with the Colts. Back in the mid-1970s, when the Colts were not selling out, many of their home games were blacked out. Chuck Thompson (and Vince Bagli) was my only link to the Colts.

Football is basically organized chaos. Chuck Thompson made me feel like I was there. He will be missed.

Phil Bauer Bel Air

Chuck Thompson was a teacher who introduced me to class, sportsmanship and the wonders of language. Blessed with a great set of pipes, he was born to say names like Johnny Unitas, Jim Palmer, Brooks Robinson and Frank Robinson.

In the late innings of close games, you could hear Memorial Stadium - the place he called "the old ballyard on 33rd Street" - rumble to life, and something happened in that space between the pitches as Lee May waved his bat and the pitcher went into his windup. As the ball traveled deep over the well-lit greens of center field, Thompson's voice willed it out of the park.

He brimmed with optimism and possibility. Most importantly, he brought us all closer together.

Dean J. Smith Washington

Chuck Thompson's legacy in Baltimore will be timeless, as he was there in ushering this East Coast city from amateur or semipro ranks to professional status in baseball and football.

He had that innate ability to transcend one from his or her living room or front porch to "being there." Few can achieve that kind of magic, but Mr. Thompson was a master at it.

My most memorable moments of "transcendence" came in 1979. The Tigers were in town for a weekend series. On consecutive nights, Doug DeCinces and Eddie Murray hit late-inning home runs to enable the Orioles to win both games, both in dramatic, come-from-behind fashion.

I can vividly remember the chills I felt as Thompson described the action on radio. Oriole Magic was thus born.

Thank you, Mr. Thompson, for you were so integral in making this region truly "the land of pleasant living."

Patrick R. Lynch Parkville

Ravens excite town with sharp acquisitions

As much as I love the Orioles, I would not be in the minority to say that they are, at best, disappointing.

The Ravens, however, have rejuvenated the fan base and excited the town after a disappointing season.

When everyone thought the Ravens had made their splash in the free-agency market of 2005 with Derrick Mason, they pulled off a coup and landed the top cornerback on the market in Samari Rolle.

Hats off to owner Steve Bisciotti and the Ravens. Not only do you keep us guessing, you guys are playmakers on the field and in the front office.

Ray O'Brocki Baltimore

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