Jack Buck

Recipient of the Purple Heart Medal
Born Aug 21, 1924

John Francis "Jack" Buck was an American sportscaster, best known for his work announcing Major League Baseball games of the St. Louis Cardinals. He is the father of Fox Sports lead NFL and MLB announcer Joe Buck. Buck was recognizable by his deep, gravelly voice, penchant for sardonic irony, and his distinctive play-by-play calls.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Jack Buck.


1924 Birth Born on August 21, 1924.


1939 14 Years Old 1 More Event
Buck was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts but moved to the Cleveland, Ohio area with his family in 1939. … Read More
1941 16 Years Old Buck planned to quit high school in 1941 to take a full-time job in an effort to support his family.
1942 17 Years Old Dissuaded by one of his teachers, Buck decided to finish high school, graduating from Lakewood High School in the winter of 1942. … Read More
1943 18 Years Old 1 More Event
Ineligible for the promotion to deck watch, Buck subsequently became eligible for the military draft, and was drafted into the United States Army in June 1943. … Read More


In February 1945 Buck shipped out to the European theater of the war, where he was assigned to K Company, 47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division.
1946 - 1950 2 More Events
1953 28 Years Old He spent the 1953 season as voice of another AAA Cardinals affiliate, the International League Rochester Red Wings on WHEC (AM). … Read More
1954 29 Years Old Buck started broadcasting Cardinals games for KMOX radio in 1954, teaming with Harry Caray, Milo Hamilton (1954), and Joe Garagiola (from 1955).


1959 34 Years Old Buck was dropped from the Cardinals booth in 1959 to make room for Buddy Blattner; the following year, he called Saturday Game of the Week telecasts for ABC. … Read More
1960 35 Years Old Buck was well respected in the St. Louis community, where he lived and regularly volunteered time to host charity events. In addition to his sportscasting work, Buck served as the original host of the KMOX interview/call-in program At Your Service beginning in 1960. … Read More
1964 39 Years Old 1 More Event
Buck can be heard calling a (fictional) 1964 Cardinals broadcast in the 1988 film Mississippi Burning, and makes a cameo appearance in a 1998 episode of the television series Arliss. … Read More


1967 42 Years Old Buck called Chicago Bears games in his first two CBS seasons, then switched to Dallas Cowboys games, including the famous "Ice Bowl" championship game in 1967.
1969 44 Years Old After Caray was fired by the Cardinals following the 1969 season, Buck ascended to the team's lead play-by-play role. (1969 was also the year that Jack Buck divorced his first wife Alyce Larson – whom he had married in 1948 and had six children with – and married his second wife, Carole Lintzenich, who gave birth to their son Joe Buck in the same year). … Read More
1974 49 Years Old After the network moved away from dedicated team announcers, Buck continued to call regional NFL action through 1974, as well as several NFC Championship Games and Super Bowl IV. … Read More


1975 50 Years Old In 1975, Buck temporarily left his Cardinals baseball duties in order to host the NBC pregame show, GrandStand, alongside Bryant Gumbel.
1976 51 Years Old 1 More Event
In the 1976 and 1977 seasons, he called regional NFL play-by-play for NBC.
1980 55 Years Old Buck also served as a local radio broadcaster for the football Cardinals in 1980 and 1981, and returned to calling Sunday NFL games for CBS television from 1982 to 1987. … Read More
1983 58 Years Old From 1983–1989, Buck teamed with the likes of Sparky Anderson, Bill White, and Johnny Bench for World Series radio broadcasts on CBS. … Read More


1985 - 1988 2 More Events
1990 65 Years Old 1 More Event
Buck wasn't intended to be the main play-by-play announcer for CBS baseball telecasts when the network acquired the sport from NBC and ABC. Originally assigned to the network's #2 crew (and therefore, work with Jim Kaat), he was promoted at practically the last minute after Brent Musburger was fired on April Fools Day of 1990. … Read More
1991 66 Years Old The final baseball play that Jack Buck narrated for CBS television was Gene Larkin's game winning bloop single in Game 7 of the 1991 World Series.The Twins are going to win the World Series! … Read More
1998 73 Years Old In 1998, the Cardinals dedicated a bust of Buck that showed him smiling with a hand cupping his left ear.
1999 74 Years Old In 1999, he lent his name to a restaurant venture called J. … Read More
2001 76 Years Old 1 More Event
In the final years of his life, Buck also became recognized for writing poetry, culminating in national attention for his poem "For America", written after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
2002 77 Years Old 1 More Event
He had stayed in the hospital for all but the first two days of January 2002. … Read More
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