No More Joe

This bums me  out:

joebuck FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The Cardinals confirmed on Tuesday that Joe Buck will not call any of the team’s games in 2008, ending a run of 54 years with a member of the Buck family in the St. Louis broadcast booth.

Dan Farrell, the Cardinals’ vice president of sales and marketing, said Tuesday that the club had been notified of Buck’s intentions.

Arguably the preeminent figure in sports broadcasting today, Buck had scaled back his work in St. Louis in recent years. He called only 10 games on FSN Midwest in 2007. Nonetheless, his departure represents an end of an era.

Buck’s late father, Jack, was recognized by the Hall of Fame with the Ford Frick Award for his remarkable career. The elder Buck, who died in 2002, called Cardinals games on the radio from 1954-2001, missing only the 1960 season. Joe Buck had been a part of Cardinals broadcasts since 1991.

“We’re going to miss him,” said Mike Shannon, who is beginning his 37th season in the Cardinals’ radio booth. “He’s one of the great talents, and I think one of the great talents of all time.”

Rick Horton, who has filled in on radio broadcasts as well as calling Cardinals games on KSDK TV-5 and KPLR TV-11 in recent years, will see his workload increased as Buck moves on.

“You don’t really fill Joe’s shoes,” Horton said. “We’re totally different kinds of people to talk about baseball. I really admire Joe. I think Joe is a tremendous talent and I’m glad I got to do games along the line with both Jack and Joe on the radio side. I can’t believe how lucky I was to have those kinds of teachers. Joe is a professional in every sense of the world.”

A call to Bud Sports seeking comment from Buck was not immediately returned.

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~ by toddbumgarner on March 5, 2008 12:55 pm.

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