View Full Version : Baseball HOF broadcaster Bob Murphy died.
08-03-2004, 08:16 PM
Bob lost his battle with cancer today at the age of 79.
Bob was a broadcaster for the NY Mets since the beginning in 1962 along with Lindsey Nelson and Ralph Kiner. First splitting radio and TV then strickly doing the radio.
He retired last season after 41 years of Mets Baseball.
For most Mets fans Bob WAS the voice of the NY Mets. With catch phrases like "fasten your seatbelts" and when the Mets won it was always a "Happy recap".
Today my childhood died. :cry:
08-03-2004, 10:02 PM
I didn't know much about him, but RIP Bob.:(
It sucks when a long-time announcer dies. It happened to us when Chick Hearn (Lakers broadcaster) died a few years ago. Lakers games aren't the same without him. Luckily we still have Vin Scully (Dodgers broadcaster).
08-04-2004, 01:02 AM
Well he started his broadcasting career with the Boston Red Sox in the 50's with Curt Gowdy, spent a few years in Baltimore before coming to NYin '62. He has been in broadcasting for 50 years and was inducted into Cooperstown in 1994.
He was the "voice of summer" for us. He never lost his enthusiasm for the game or the Mets no matter how lousy they played. Murph was the type of old time broadcaster who could paint the word picture and make you feel like you were there in the Ballpark watching the game.
It was hard enough for us fans when he retired last September and called his last ballgame. You at least had hope he would come back every once and a while so you could hear that familar voice say "Welcome Mets Fans" once again...
So many of us as kids would sneak radios at night under the covers to listen to Bob on the radio when the Mets were on the West Coast. Many of us learned the game from Bob.
08-04-2004, 06:02 AM
Bob was a legend and one of the last classic voices we had to listen to, this was the first season in Mets history w/o Bob behind the mic and it is a very sad day for all baseball fans familiar w/ his work.
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