Reese Schonfeld: How Pat Summerall Got His Job
Huffington Post Sports - almost 4 years
In December of 1958, a couple of days after the Baltimore Colts had defeated the New York Giants in what has since been called "The Greatest Game Ever Played," Bill MacPhail, the President of CBS Sports, called Charlie Conerly, the Giants quarterback, to invite him to tryout for a job as a sportscaster. Conerly was not home, and his roommate, Summerall, answered the phone. MacPhail relayed his request to him and then suggested that Summerall "had a pretty good voice" and why didn't he come down for a tryout too. We all know the results -- Summerall sounded great, Conerly not so good, and Summerall got the job.
MacPhail was a great judge of talent and a great sports executive. It was he who created the bond between CBS and the Masters Tournament, a bond that has lasted more than 50 years. In 1963, MacPhail introduced Summerall to the Tournament and Summerall was the voice of the Masters for the next 27 years.
Bill MacPhail was my friend. I hired him at CNN when we desper
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