Four Corners: What is your favorite baseball broadcast call?

August 19, 2010

Buck's joy stands out

Keith Groller

Morning Call

Jack Buck's most nationally known call, was, of course, his "I don't believe what I just saw" gem after Kirk Gibson's one-legged blast in the 1988 World Series.

But for Cardinals fans such as me, the more popular one is the sheer joy Buck expressed in the 1985 NLCS when Ozzie Smith hit a game-ending home run for a Game 5 win. Smith had not hit a home run as a left-handed hitter in his major league career, so this one was a stunner. Buck was as surprised as anyone, yelling: "Smith corks one into right, down the line! It may go. Go crazy, folks! Go crazy!"

The best calls are those from the hometown guys — because of the emotion. And Michael Kay coming up with the "Mr. November" line on Yankees radio to describe Derek Jeter's game-winner in Game 4 of the 2001 World Series at 12:03 a.m. on Nov. 1 also was a quick-thinking classic.

kgroller@tribune.com

Simple but perfect

Phil Rogers

Chicago Tribune

Few World Series have been as dramatic as the one in 1991 between the Braves and Twins, and Jack Buck was up for the drama.

He hit the perfect tone to sign off on Minnesota's 11-inning victory in Game 6, which forced the historic Jack Morris-John Smoltz pitchers' duel in Game 7.

The game-winner came on a home run by Kirby Puckett, setting off a wild scene in the Metrodome.

Here was Buck's call on Puckett's blast off Charlie Leibrandt: "Into deep left-center, for (Kevin) Mitchell … and we'll see you tomorrow night!"

It said it all then, and still does.

progers@tribune.com

Saaaafe in Atlanta

Ben Bolch

Los Angeles Times

It was two of the slowest legs in baseball against one of the strongest arms.

But there was the Braves' Sid Bream, chugging around third base in the ninth inning of Game 7 of the 1992 National League Championship Series, trying to beat the throw from Pirates left fielder Barry Bonds after a single by pinch hitter Francisco Cabrera.

"Justice has scored the tying run, Bream to the plate, and he is … SAAAAFE!" bellowed CBS announcer Sean McDonough. "Safe at the plate! The Braves go to the World Series!"

When Bream had drawn a walk off Doug Drabek, to load the bases with nobody out, analyst Tim McCarver noted how consideration had to be given whether to use a pinch runner for the slow-moving Bream. But it turned out Bream was just fast enough.

bbolch@tribune.com

Buck was 'unbelievable'

Joseph Schwerdt

Sun Sentinel

There's something about the spontaneity and unbridled joy of a broadcast homer calling a walk-off or historic moment.

But a favorite? The broadcaster is easy. It's Jack Buck. The call?

Maybe it was Ozzie Smith's winner off Tom Niedenfuer in the 1985 NLCS: "Go crazy, folks!"

Or Kirby Puckett's home run in Game 6 of the 1991 World Series: "And we'll see you tomorrow night."

But it has to be Kirk Gibson's one-legged wonder against Dennis Eckersley in the '88 Series: "This is gonna be a home run. Unbelievable. A home run for Gibson. I don't believe what I just saw."

When you talk about great calls, you're talking about Jack Buck. As he would say: "That's a winner."

jschwerdt@tribune.com

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