· Naughties
· · 2005
· · · October
· · · · 09 (1 entry)

Tom Cheek · Ah, Tom died. Base­ball broad­casts on ra­dio are one of the few pre­serves of English oral po­et­ry (The right-hander wind­s, work­s, deal­s... in­sid­e!) and Tom will go on those poets’ hon­our rol­l. As­tound­ing­ly, he called 4,306 con­sec­u­tive games over 27 sea­sons with­out miss­ing one. Dur­ing the Blue Jays’ double-World-Series run in the ear­ly Nineties I was a se­ri­ous enough fan that when I was watch­ing the games on TV, I’d turn off the sound and lis­ten to Tom and Jer­ry on the ra­dio. Tom’s finest hour, they say, was Joe Carter’s game-six walk-off homer in ’93, but for the re­al fan­s, I think the day in ’92 when Alo­mar blew up Eck­er­s­ley was a sweet­er tri­umph; I re­mem­ber the announcers’ vis­cer­al cry of joy like it was yes­ter­day. We’ll miss ya.
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