Jack Buck
Recipient of the Purple Heart medal
Jack Buck
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.
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The St.Louis Cardinals: An Iconic Baseball Franchise Can't Escape Its Angry, Modern Fan Base
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
There's no questioning the history, success or relevance of the St. Louis Cardinals. One of Major League Baseball's oldest franchises, the Cardinals are also among its most decorated. The Cardinals are second only to the New York Yankees in World Series titles. In this century alone they've been to the Fall Classic three times. Great players? Sure they've got those too. Rogers Hornsby, Stan Musial, Lou Brock, Ozzie Smith, Albert Pujols, Bob Gibson, Curt Flood, Adam Wainwright, and numerous others as well. Even their former radio play-by-play guy, the-late Jack Buck, in enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Not only do the Cardinals have a rich history of success, but they're in the midst of a very successful present as well. St. Louis is currently beating another iconic baseball franchise, the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series. One more win, and the Cardinals are heading to their fourth World Series of the 21st centur ...
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'It's Time To Cut Back'
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
NEW YORK — Tim McCarver will make his 55th straight season of Major League Baseball his last. The two-time champion catcher will call the World Series this year and then retire from his analyst job at Fox. "I wanted to step down while I know I can still do the job and proud of the job I've done," the 71-year-old McCarver said during a conference call Wednesday. His health is good, McCarver said. So are his passion and energy for the game. It was just time. "It's not a tough call," he said. "It's not a sad thing for me." McCarver had been thinking about moving on for a couple of years. This winter, Fox executives visited him at his home in Florida to discuss extending his contract, which expired after the 2013 season. They never even started negotiations. McCarver had already made up his mind. He has worked 28 consecutive MLB postseasons on network television dating to 1984, providing analysis for a record 23 World Series. McCarver got his star ...
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WATCH: Bob Costas Delivers Emotional Eulogy For Stan Musial
Huffington Post - about 4 years
ST. LOUIS -- Stan Musial was remembered during a funeral and memorial outside Busch Stadium on Saturday as a Hall of Famer and a St. Louis icon embraced by generations of fans who never had the privilege of watching him play. Broadcaster Bob Costas, his voice cracking with emotion at times, pointed out during a two-hour Mass that in 92 years of life, Stan the Man never let anyone down. Costas noted that even though Musial, who died Jan. 19, was a three-time NL MVP and seven-time batting champion, the pride of Donora, Pa., lacked a singular achievement. Joe DiMaggio had a 56-game hitting streak, Ted Williams was the last major leaguer to hit .400, and Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle soared to stardom in the New York spotlight. Musial didn't quite reach the 500-homer club – he finished with 475 – and played in his final World Series in 1946, "wouldn't you know it, the year before they started televising the Fall Classic!" "What was the hook with Stan Musial other t ...
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Randy Turner: Remembering Stan Musial
Huffington Post Sports - about 4 years
One of the joys of my childhood began at age six when my dad introduced me to the joys of St. Louis Cardinals baseball on radio. Until that time, my acquaintance with the Cardinals and other major league baseball players was solely through the cards on the back of Post cereal boxes. Now I could listen night after night as Harry Caray and Jack Buck detailed the adventures of my favorite baseball team, whether they were in St. Louis, New York, or my favorite games, the ones I listened to after everyone else had gone to bed from Los Angeles and San Francisco. Even when the skies were cloudy and every other word on KMOX-AM was interrupted by static, I kept listening. I don't remember the opponent the Cardinals were playing the first night I listened, but I remember as clearly now as on that summer day in 1962, Harry Caray's call when catcher Gene Oliver hit the game-winning home run. "It could be, it might be, IT IS... a home run." That was Caray's signature call, but I d ...
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Even With Wade Back, Bucks Too Much for Heat
NYTimes - about 4 years
Brandon Jennings scored 25 points and Mike Dunleavy had 13 of his 18 in the fourth quarter as the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Miami Heat 104-85 on Saturday night to spoil Dwyane Wade's return.
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Terry Lyons: Are There Yankee Miracles Ahead?
Huffington Post Sports - over 4 years
Raul Ibanez clocked two homers to give the New York Yankees an amazing playoff victory the other night and it made me think of a special day in 2001, a day that surely was going to be the worst day of my life. It was Halloween, October 31, 2001, and I boarded a Long Island Rail Road train from Penn Station in Manhattan headed to Mineola, Long Island where my dear Mom was scheduled to have surgery to remove a cancerous tumor on her lung. The prognosis on lung surgery for a 70-something with (supposed) lung cancer was not a pretty picture. Amazingly, the surgery ended quickly and the news was either going to be very good or very bad. The doctor came out to meet with me and my older brother, Tom. He smiled. At a teaching hospital that was Winthrop University Hospital, they actually called a "time-out" in the surgery to summon the students to show them the rarity -- a patient who did not need major surgery and an all-out cancer prevention lung removal operation that wa ...
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Graham Bensinger: Broadcaster Joe Buck Discusses Charges of Nepotism, His Cancelled HBO Show, Why He Quit Twitter and Losing His Father
Huffington Post Sports - over 4 years
I recently sat down with announcer Joe Buck. The interview is for a new episode of In Depth. The broadcaster of 14 World Series and three Super Bowls describes the intensity of calling play-by-play in front of a worldwide audience. Buck discusses getting his big break at 20-years-old, what it was like growing up the son of Hall of Fame broadcaster Jack Buck, the charges of nepotism that followed and opens up about his father's passing in 2002. Buck also reflects on his canceled HBO show, losing his voice in 2011, his reasons for quitting Twitter and gives his opinion on who holds the title of baseball's home run king. Highlights: Having broadcast three Super Bowls, Buck describes the enormity of over 110 million viewers watching you: "You can let the size of the crowd, when you do Super Bowl, overwhelm you if you want, and that opening on camera is one of the most intense, awkward feelings you can ever have." During Super Bowl XLII, Buck was told less than 90 second ...
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Want A Bookstore-Sitting Gig?
Huffington Post - over 4 years
WASHINGTON -- How would you like to wait out election season taking care of a used bookstore -- and its attendant dogs and cats -- in a small town in southernwestern Virginia? You've got until Friday to apply. And you've got competition. Wendy Welch and Jack Beck, the owners of Tales of the Lonesome Pine Used Bookstore in Big Stone Gap, Va., are looking for someone to take care of their store -- and adorable pets; you can see pictures of the two dogs and three cats on Welch's blog -- while the pair go on a two-month book tour for Welch's new book, "The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap." You may have heard about this opportunity already on NPR, in the Los Angeles Times, on the book website Shelf-Awareness. "We've had over one hundred applications from all over the world," Beck told The Huffington Post on Wednesday. "Sweden, France, New Zealand..." The bookstore-sitter is needed from Sept. 20 to Nov. 20. The dates will coincide with Big Stone Gap's annual Celtic ...
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LIl Musial Passes Away Peacefully at 6
Ladue-Frontenac Patch - almost 5 years
When I was a kid, all I could think about was the Cardinals No. 6--Stan The Man Musial. He was my idol, my guiding light. He was the personification of everything I loved about the St. Louis Cardinals. My mother never had a drivers license. So when we went shopping downtown (that’s what you did in those days), we rode the bus all the way to Famous-Barr near the riverfront. My most special gift was my wool No. 6 Stan The Man Musial uniform. I clutched that box tightly all the way home. It is with very sad news that Cardinal Nation work up Friday to the report the beloved wife of the Man was dead at age 91. Lilian (they simply called her Lil) was in failing health and passed peacefully in Ladue with many of her family members by her bedside.  She died exactly at 6 o’clock in the evening--Stan’s number. How fitting. Cardinal Nation has mourned the loss of so many family members the past 10 years. First there was the untimely death of pitcher Darryl Kile. Then, almost immediately after ...
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Ralph 'Red' Beckering Inducted into St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame
O'Fallon Patch - almost 5 years
It might have felt like the Sheraton Westport Chalet was something like a field of dreams Thursday night in Maryland Heights. For one night, people of all ages came together to honor the past, present and baseball future during ceremonies for the 39th annual St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame inductions, which also included the presentation of the first Jack Buck Media Award, the Bob Broeg Award and the Bob Burnes Award. Also honored were local finalists for the Hall's Future Stars Award. St. Charles City Councilman Dave Beckering accepted an award on behalf of his father, Ralph Beckering, a left-handed batter and pitcher who signed contracts with the St. Louis Browns, the Philadelphia Athletics and the Washington Senators. He died on June 8, 2005 at the age of 78. "I know for my dad, it'd be the highlight of his life," Dave Beckering said. "He would be absolutely thrilled." Beckering played for number of different teams in the minor leagues in Kentucky and Tennessee. ...
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Ballwin Baseballer Honored at Amateur Hall of Fame Awards
Ballwin-Ellisville Patch - almost 5 years
People of all ages came together to honor past, present and future baseball stars during the 39th annual St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame inductions, which also included the presentation of the first Jack Buck Media Award. Also honored were local finalists for the Hall's Future Stars Award. Among those honored Thursday was Bradford Beckwith of Ballwin, who played at Roosevelt High School before earning honorable mention All American status at University of Missouri—St. Louis. Beckwith also coached at SIU-Edwardsville when his staff's team made it to the Division 2 World Series in 1975. Beckwith later coached at Parkway West High School. Check out our photo gallery to find out more about the winners, including some familiar faces for people from St. Charles County to Parkway Schools as well as the St. Louis Cardinals.
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Welcome To The Hall: St. Louis Amateur Baseball Community Honors 2012 Class
Creve Coeur Patch - almost 5 years
It might have felt like the Sheraton Westport Chalet was something like a field of dreams Thursday night in Maryland Heights. For one night, people of all ages came together to honor the past, present and baseball future during ceremonies for the 39th annual St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame inductions, which also included the presentation of the first Jack Buck Media Award, the Bob Broeg Award and the Bob Burnes Award. Also honored were local finalists for the Hall's Future Stars Award. Check out our photo gallery to find out more about the winners, including some familiar faces for people from St. Charles County to Parkway Schools as well as the St. Louis Cardinals.
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Home Run Calls ...
Baseball Nation - about 5 years
Baseball ... There is so much to this wonderful game. Every pitch setting up the next pitch. Ballplayers fielding their positions based on the hitter, on the score, the inning. Hitters working the pitcher. 1st to 3rd. Incredible catches & fielding plays. All of this & so much more. All of the intricacies of the game. The oft times hilarity in the dugout. The strikeout of the great hitter to win the game. And, the home run! With the home run comes the always thrilling Home Run Call! As follows is a sampling: '' It might be, it could be, it is! A Home Run! Holy COW!'' [Harry Caray] ''That ball is high, it is far, it is ... GONE!'' [John Sterling] ''That ball is going & it ain't coming back!'' [Jeff Kingery] ''Get up, get up, get outta here ... GONE'' [Bob Uecker] ''You can put it on the board ... Yessss! [Ken ''Hawk'' Harrelson] ''Get out the rye bread & mustard grandma, cause it's Grand Salami Time!'' [Dave Neihau ...
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Baseball’s Bronze Age
NYTimes - over 5 years
ATLANTA — Rob Warnock lingered last week in the shadow of a striking bronze sculpture just outside Turner Field. He had been assigned to hand out Braves tickets for his company’s employee-recruitment gathering at that night’s game, and, thinking about where to rendezvous, had said to his boss, “Which gate?” “Why
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Goold: Don't retire 51 — do something better - STLtoday.com
Google News - over 5 years
"He looks like he doesn't have a friend in the world," longtime Cardinal announcer Jack Buck said. "Meanwhile, all the world is his friend." He is, in fact, adored by fans and admired by teammates. "This guy could do anything wrong,
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Neighborhood streets, then and now - St. Louis American
Google News - over 5 years
I notice Seventh Street in downtown St. Louis will before long be named Jack Buck Place. It is a fitting tribute to a person who was so well liked and respected in the community. In the city we have Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Dick Gregory Place,
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The almanac - UPI.com
Google News - over 5 years
They include jazz great William "Count" Basie in 1904; mystery novelist Anthony Boucher in 1911; sports broadcasters Chris Schenkel in 1923 and Jack Buck in 1924; Britain's Princess Margaret in 1930; basketball Hall of Fame member Wilt Chamberlain in
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USA Pro Cycling Challenge gets call from top announcers - Denver Post
Google News - over 5 years
(Doug Pensinger, Getty Images ) They are the John Madden and Pat Summerall of cycling, the Jack Buck and Harry Carey of the peloton. If Paul Sherwen and Phil Liggett weren't broadcasting a niche sport, "a little spot of bother" would be part of the
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Diamond Dirt: Statue at Rangers Ballpark will honor Shannon Stone and son - Shawnee News Star
Google News - over 5 years
Hall of Fame Broadcaster Jack Buck said it best in one of his poems when he described baseball as a great bond between fathers and sons. And it's true. My greatest memories of baseball will always be at Busch Stadium II in St. Louis,
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jack Buck
  • 2002
    Age 77
    He had stayed in the hospital for all but the first two days of January 2002.
    More Details Hide Details He was in the hospital to undergo treatment for lung cancer, Parkinson's disease, and to correct an intestinal blockage. His death shook the St. Louis community: within two hours of his death, fans were leaving flowers at the base of his bust outside Busch Stadium even though it was the middle of the night. The flags at St. Louis City Hall and the St. Louis County Government Center were lowered to half-staff, the local television news anchors all wore black suits for the next several days, and a public visitation was held in the stadium before the next baseball game after his death, with free admission to the game for all the mourners who filed past his coffin. Buck was interred at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in south St. Louis County. His spot on the KMOX Cardinals broadcasts was subsequently filled by former Colorado Rockies announcer Wayne Hagin. Hagin, who went on to the New York Mets after his stint in St. Louis, moved over to television, and his spot was filled by one of Buck's protégés, former Chicago White Sox announcer John Rooney.
  • 2001
    Age 76
    One of Jack Buck's final public appearances was on September 17, 2001 at Busch Memorial Stadium in St. Louis.
    More Details Hide Details It was the first night that Major League Baseball resumed after the terrorist attacks of September 11. Although looking rather frail (Buck at the time was sick with lung cancer) and struggling to maintain his composure (Buck was obviously showing the signs of Parkinson's disease as well), Buck stirred emotions by reading a patriotic-themed poem during the pregame ceremonies. He concluded by silencing critics who thought baseball had come back too soon: "I don't know about you, but as for me, the question has already been answered: Should we be here? Yes!" Buck wrote a poem named For America that he read at the first Cardinals game after the 9/11 attacks to describe his opinion and the general opinion, regarding defeating terrorism, of Americans after September 11.
    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.
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  • 1999
    Age 74
    In 1999, he lent his name to a restaurant venture called J.
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  • 1998
    Age 73
    In 1998, the Cardinals dedicated a bust of Buck that showed him smiling with a hand cupping his left ear.
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  • 1991
    Age 66
    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!
    More Details Hide Details The Twins have won it! It's a base hit! It's a 1–0 10th inning victory! Over the course of the 1990s, Buck decided to reduce his schedule to calling only Cardinals home games (or 81 games a year unless there was a special occurrence). Health concerns obviously could have played a factor in this, as Buck suffered from such ailments as Parkinson's disease, diabetes, a pacemaker, cataracts, sciatica, and vertigo. Buck once joked, "I wish I'd get Alzheimer's, then I could forget I've got all the other stuff." On a road trip to Wrigley Field on June 6, 2001, Buck sang the seventh-inning stretch tune, "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" substituting "the Cardinals" for the "Cubs/home team" portion of the song.
  • 1990
    Age 65
    Buck made controversial statements about singer Bobby Vinton prior to Game 4 of the 1990 National League Championship Series.
    More Details Hide Details After Vinton muffed the lyrics of "The Star-Spangled Banner" in his home town of Pittsburgh, Buck lightly referenced Vinton's Polish heritage. Buck soon got death threats from Pittsburgh Pirate fans, who even went as far as leaving a footprint on Buck's hotel pillow. The next day, CBS Sports executive producer Ted Shaker spotted Buck in the hotel lobby and told Buck that he was in trouble.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details After two years of calling baseball telecasts (including the Saturday afternoon Game of the Week, All-Star Game, National League Championship Series, and World Series), Buck was dismissed by CBS. The official reasoning behind Buck's ouster was that he simply had poor chemistry with lead analyst Tim McCarver. Buck was soon replaced by Boston Red Sox announcer Sean McDonough. Buck later noted that "CBS never got that baseball play-by-play draws word-pictures. All they knew was that football stars analysts. So they said, 'Let McCarver run the show... In television, all they want you to do is shut up. I'm not very good at shutting up." Buck was criticized by some for his alleged habit of predicting plays on air.
  • 1988
    Age 63
    He is most famous for his coast-to-coast radio call of Kirk Gibson's game-winning home run in the bottom of the 9th inning of Game 1 of the 1988 World Series and his disbelief at Gibson knocking it out while hobbled by injuries to his right hamstring and left knee.
    More Details Hide Details His call of the play is so famous that it's sometimes played over the television footage of the play. The television call was handled by long-time Dodgers announcer Vin Scully on NBC. This was Buck's call. It begins here with Buck speculating on what might happen if Gibson manages to reach base: The last sentence is often remembered and quoted by fans. Buck followed it with, Buck concluded his comments on Gibson's amazing feat with this thought:
  • 1985
    Age 60
    Some of his famous play-by-play calls include the dramatic walk-off home runs hit by Ozzie Smith in Game 5 of the 1985 National League Championship Series, by Kirk Gibson in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series, and by Kirby Puckett in Game 6 of the 1991 World Series.
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  • 1983
    Age 58
    From 1983–1989, Buck teamed with the likes of Sparky Anderson, Bill White, and Johnny Bench for World Series radio broadcasts on CBS.
    More Details Hide Details Buck, along with CBS Radio colleagues Johnny Bench and John Rooney, was on hand at San Francisco's Candlestick Park on October 17, 1989, when the Loma Prieta earthquake hit. After the 6.9 magnitude quake rocked the Bay Area, Buck told the listening audience: I must say about Johnny Bench, folks, if he moved that fast when he played, he would have never hit into a double play. I never saw anybody move that fast in my life.
  • 1980
    Age 55
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Late in the 1990 NFL season, Buck's onetime CBS broadcasting partner, Pat Summerall, was hospitalized with a bleeding ulcer after vomiting on a plane during a flight after a game, and was out for a considerable amount of time. While Verne Lundquist replaced Summerall on games with lead analyst John Madden, Buck (who was at the time the network's lead Major League Baseball announcer) filled in for Lundquist, teaming with Dan Fouts to call two games (both of which coincidentally featured the Cardinals, who had moved from St. Louis to Arizona by that time). While much better known for his baseball and football commentary, Jack Buck was also the original voice of the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League. Buck was paired with Jay Randolph and Gus Kyle on Blues broadcasts and covered the 1968 Stanley Cup Final for KMOX radio. He was succeeded after one season by broadcaster Dan Kelly. Buck also broadcast for the St. Louis Hawks and Rochester Royals of the National Basketball Association, and called professional wrestling, boxing, and bowling at various times in his career.
  • 1976
    Age 51
    On August 16, 1976, Buck called the first-ever NFL game played outside of the United States, a preseason exhibition between the St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Chargers held at Korakuen Stadium in Tokyo, Japan. (Buck also worked NBC's backup Game of the Week during the 1976 baseball season before returning to the Cardinals full-time in 1977.)
    More Details Hide Details Buck served as the CBS Radio voice of Monday Night Football (teaming with Hank Stram) for nearly two decades (1978–1984 and again from 1987–1995 after CBS regained the radio rights from NBC). Ironically, in 1970 ABC's Roone Arledge had asked via telephone about Buck's interests in becoming the first television play-by-play announcer for Monday Night Football, but because of personal animosity surrounding his previous stint with the network, Buck would not return their phone call. (The television play-by-play role would go to Keith Jackson instead.) In addition to MNF, Buck called numerous playoff games for CBS Radio, including 17 Super Bowls (the most of any announcer).
    In the 1976 and 1977 seasons, he called regional NFL play-by-play for NBC.
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  • 1975
    Age 50
    In 1975, Buck temporarily left his Cardinals baseball duties in order to host the NBC pregame show, GrandStand, alongside Bryant Gumbel.
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  • 1974
    Age 49
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He also called the 1965 Cotton Bowl Classic for CBS television and several later Cotton Bowl games for CBS Radio.
  • 1969
    Age 44
    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).
    More Details Hide Details box It may go!!... Go crazy, folks! Go crazy! It's a home run, and the Cardinals have won the game, by the score of 3 to 2, on a home run by the Wizard! Buck teamed with ex-Yankees and Pirates announcer Jim Woods in 1970–71. In 1972, retired Cardinals third baseman Mike Shannon joined Buck in the broadcast booth, beginning a 28-year partnership. On Cardinals broadcasts, Buck routinely punctuated St. Louis victories with the expression, "That's a winner!" In addition to Joe, Buck has three daughters who worked in broadcasting – Julie Buck on KYKY 98.1 in St. Louis (she now works at KLOU-FM 103.3, also in St. Louis), Bonnie Buck, who currently works in television in Los Angeles, and Christine Buck, who started her career at KPLR-TV in St. Louis. In addition, Buck's late younger brother, Bob Buck was a sportscaster and sports director at KMOX/KMOV-TV in St. Louis.
  • 1967
    Age 42
    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.
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  • 1964
    Age 39
    Jack Buck was also a renowned football broadcaster. In 1964, he began calling National Football League games for CBS television, following a four-year stint doing telecasts of the rival American Football League for ABC.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details He also lent his voice to the 1995 edition of the RBI Baseball video game.
  • 1960
    Age 35
    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.
    More Details Hide Details His guests on the program included Eleanor Roosevelt. Buck is featured in many of the stories in the book Carl Erskine's Tales from the Dodgers Dugout: Extra Innings (2004), a compendium of short stories by former Dodger pitcher Carl Erskine.
  • 1959
    Age 34
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Buck was re-hired by the Cardinals in 1961 after Blattner departed; Garagiola left the following year, leaving Caray and Buck as the team's broadcast voices through 1969.
  • 1954
    Age 29
    Buck started broadcasting Cardinals games for KMOX radio in 1954, teaming with Harry Caray, Milo Hamilton (1954), and Joe Garagiola (from 1955).
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  • 1953
    Age 28
    He spent the 1953 season as voice of another AAA Cardinals affiliate, the International League Rochester Red Wings on WHEC (AM).
    More Details Hide Details His work there earned him an invitation to join the big-league Cardinals' broadcast team in St. Louis the following season.
  • 1950
    Age 25
    After college, he called games for the Columbus Red Birds, a Triple-A (American Association) affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, in 1950–51.
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  • 1946
    Age 21
    Buck received orders to ship home in April 1946, effectively ending his military service.
    More Details Hide Details After returning to the United States, Buck proceeded to work in various industrial-related jobs. When his friend Bill Theil told Buck he needed a roommate to attend Ohio State University with, Buck decided on the spot to join Theil and enroll at Ohio State. The suddenness of Buck's decision meant he had no corresponding paperwork that could be used to formally enroll at the University, so Buck attended classes of his own choosing until he was able to formally enroll. Buck majored in radio speech and minored in Spanish. He also worked several jobs while attending college, including one position at an all-night gas station. Buck crafted his play-by-play skills broadcasting Ohio State basketball games.
  • 1945
    Age 20
    On the morning of March 15, 1945, Buck was the squad leader of a patrol that came under German fire in the Remagen zone.
    More Details Hide Details Wounded in his left forearm and leg by shrapnel, Buck received medical treatment on the battlefield from the only medic K company had at that time, Frank Borghi. Buck received further medical treatment at the 177th General Army Hospital in Le Mans, France where he was awarded the Purple Heart. Buck recovered, and rejoined his outfit sometime after German forces had surrendered. Declining to re-enlist, and turning down requests to enroll in the Officiers Training School, Buck joined his compatriots in guard duty of German prisoners of war.
    During the night of March 7, 1945, Buck and his compatriots crossed the Ludendorff Bridge at the town of Remagen, Germany.
    More Details Hide Details United States forces' successful capture of this bridge led to the Battle of Remagen, a battle lasting from March 7–25.
    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.
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  • 1943
    Age 18
    After completing his basic training in 1943, Buck was designated as an instructor, and assigned the rank of corporal.
    More Details Hide Details In addition to his instructor duties, Buck participated in boxing as a form of recreation.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The physicality of Buck's work on the Great Lakes left in him good physical condition at the time he entered the Army. Buck, who was 19 years old, stood 5' 11" tall, and weighed 165 pounds at the time. His first assignment was anti-aircraft training, and was sent to Fort Eustis, Virginia to undergo his 13-week basic training regimen.
  • 1942
    Age 17
    Dissuaded by one of his teachers, Buck decided to finish high school, graduating from Lakewood High School in the winter of 1942.
    More Details Hide Details After graduation, he followed one of his friends and began working on an iron ore freight boat operated on the Great Lakes by the Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company. Buck served on a steamer named "The Sheadle", where he began as porter and was later promoted to night cook and baker. After performing various other shipping related jobs, Buck attempted to become a "deck watch". A physical examination related to the deck watch application process revealed Buck was color blind, unable to differentiate between the colors green and brown.
  • 1941
    Age 16
    Buck planned to quit high school in 1941 to take a full-time job in an effort to support his family.
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  • 1939
    Age 14
    In 1939 his family moved to Cleveland, Ohio to join their father, who had a job with the Erie Railroad.
    More Details Hide Details Soon after though, Buck's father died at the age of 49 due to uremic poisoning related to high blood pressure.
    Buck was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts but moved to the Cleveland, Ohio area with his family in 1939.
    More Details Hide Details After graduating from high school, he worked on large shipping boats that traveled the Great Lakes. Buck was drafted into the United States Army in June 1943 and later was awarded a Purple Heart as part of his service. After completion of his military service in 1946, Buck enrolled at (and graduated from) Ohio State University. His early sportscasting career included work for the minor league affiliates of the St. Louis Cardinals. In 1954, Buck was promoted to radio play-by-play of Cardinal games on KMOX, a position that he maintained for nearly all of the next 47 years. He was known in St. Louis for his trademark phrase "That's a winner!", which was said after every game that the Cardinals had won. In addition to his work with the Cardinals, Buck also earned assignments on many national sportscasts, including radio coverage of 18 Super Bowls and 11 World Series.
  • 1924
    Born on August 21, 1924.
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