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I wish I could’ve been there

We haven’t commented on all the ceremony, but I wanted very badly to be at this game:

The Reds honored radio broadcasters Waite Hoyt, Joe Nuxhall and Marty Brennaman during a ceremony on the field before Sunday’s game at Great American Ball Park.

Three replica radio microphones bearing the broadcasters’ last names were unveiled on the concrete façade below the WLW radio booth.

“This is a real honor,” said Nuxhall, whose broadcasting career with the Reds began in 1967. “It’s something I never expected. I enjoy the game of baseball and being part of the Reds organization for all these years. To have this happen is, basically, unbelievable as far as I’m concerned.” …

“I feel like Joe does,” Brennaman said. “If somebody had told me then (in 1974) that I’d be here today, and they’re going to retire a microphone in my name along with Joe and Waite Hoyt, I would have laughed and I would have never believed it.”

If anyone has a copy of the CD they gave away on Sunday that they are willing to sell, I’m very interested. Marty and Joe are a huge part of my childhood — and my adulthood, now that I think of it.

10 thoughts on “I wish I could’ve been there

  1. Joe and Marty were important to my growing up as well. The best memories I have of my father involve sitting on the patio listening to the game. If there is any way to get a copy of the promotional CD, please someone publish it as it would be a treasured keepsake for me as well.

  2. Now Marty has visual confirmation that he’s bigger than the game. I’ve never heard someone go so bad so quickly over the last 3 years. That joyless crank couldn’t even enjoy Homer Bailey’s first game in a season with nothing else left to enjoy. It doesn’t help that he’s surrounded by a bunch of dittoheads in the booth. The only bigger mess than the Reds on the field is the Reds’ radio booth. Long live Chris Welsh!

  3. I haven’t been listening as much this year, but FWIW, I think Marty has improved somewhat. The level of bitching, from both Marty and Thom, seems to have lessened over the past couple of weeks.

  4. I agree with that Chris, either the griping has lessened or I am just numb with it all. I would say that things in the booth have improved. I certainly won’t let a short period of time diminish the importance of “Joe and Marty” in my life. Remember the potato chips?

  5. Maybe someone would be good enough to rip that CD and make it into a Redleg Nation Radio installment . . . I assume that as a not-for-sale promotional item, that would be permissible. Though I’m no legal expert.

  6. My favorite personal Reds on Radio anecdote was 11 June, 1976. My wife and I were living on 55 acres in a rented farmhouse in Jefferson County, Tennessee. I was a student at UT finishing up my BA before graduate school.

    It was a cool, late spring evening so we decided to have a picnic in the side yard. I got an extension cord and took the old tube table radio out on the side porch. We spread a blanket on the grass, opened a cold one and turned on the game. The cats and dogs were lined up like birds on a wire on the porch, apparently listening to Marty and Joe, too.

    It was Cards vs Reds at Riverfront. You can go to Retrosheet for the box score, but it came down to the bottom of the ninth with the Reds down 7-5.

    Senior singled to right against the Mad Hungarian. Little Joe walked and Marty said, “This is gonna be a real frog-strangler.” Concepcion pinch-ran for Morgan, and for the life of me, I can’t remember why. It certainly doesn’t make sense in retrospect.

    It didn’t matter anyway. Perez came up. (Doggie was my wife’s favorite. She never forgave the Reds for the Fryman trade the next season.) I can’t remember the count, but Tony hit the walk-off to left center.

    To this day, I can’t remember a more perfect evening of baseball. Under the stars in the beautiful East Tennessee hills, Marty when he was good sounding mellow on the old radio, and the Reds get a comeback win.

    I recall we turned off the radio and stayed out there on that blanket for awhile in the dark. 😀

  7. Phil’s Reds on Radio moment…reminded me of my best Reds memory, though it’s not a radio moment, since I was there..

    July 25, 1974. The day I got my driver’s licence and my friend’s John, Phil and I headed to the ball park.

    We got there during the first game of the DH…and the Reds had blown an early lead..but scored 2 in the 8th and 5 in the 9th to win 14-13 on a walkoff HR by Tony Perez.

    The second game was a 5-0 shutout by Freddie Norman.

    What a great night.

  8. I was introduced to the Reds on radio by Jim McIntyre and Joe. “Jim and Joe on the radio with a bird’s eye view” was a wonderful experience. Then came the wonderful voice and analysis of Al Michaels.

  9. I remember back in the early 70’s, the players got a “55 gallon barrel of Super M Marathon” every time they hit a HR. Bench, May, Perez won a bunch of gasoline..that’d be worth a pot of money these days.

  10. My dad’s best friend was Waite Hoyt’s neighbor in Hyde Park. I remember meeting him when I was about five years old. I still have an autographed Hall of Fame card that he gave me. I remember playing wiffle ball with my friends in the cul-de-sac in Kenwood where I grew up, while all of our fathers would be on their porches listening to Marty and Joe. When it became to dark to see the ball, we’d join them.

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