Jack Buck Featured on Next “The Sounds of Baseball”


Bob Costas and Tom Verducci Host Program on the Iconic Hall of Fame Broadcaster This Monday, June 22 at 6:00 p.m. CDT

            June 19, 2020  MLB Network will continue to relive the greatest moments and calls from legendary play-by-play broadcasters across Major League Baseball in its new The Sounds of Baseball series, co-hosted by MLB Network’s Bob Costas and Tom Verducci. The newest installment will focus on 1987 St. Louis Cardinals’ Hall of Fame broadcaster Jack Buck this Monday, June 22 at 6:00 p.m. CDT. The one-hour program, which will re-air at 10:30 p.m. CDT, includes famous Buck calls from Bob Gibson’s no-hitter over the Pittsburgh Pirates on August 14, 1971 to multiple record-setting calls of Lou Brock’s: single-season stolen base record (#105) on September 10, 1974, career stolen base record (#893) on August 29, 1977 and his 3000th career hit on August 13, 1979. Featured within the episode will be Costas and Verducci sharing anecdotes, personal stories, and their thoughts on the impact Buck had on the game and generations of fans. A clip from Monday’s program can be viewed here.

            Buck calling Ozzie Smith’s walk-off home run to win Game 5 of the 1985 NLCS between the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers with “Go crazy folks, go crazy!” is one of the many highlighted moments throughout Monday’s The Sounds of Baseball program. In addition to his many famous calls, Buck’s lesser-known calls will be featured, including vintage home run calls of Cardinals’ Hall of Famer Stan Musial, along with Buck’s seldom-heard set up and home run call of the Dodgers’ Kirk Gibson to win Game 1 of the 1988 World Series. Joe Buck’s call of the Cardinals’ David Freese walk-off home run to win Game 6 of the 2011 World Series, which mirrored his father’s call of “And we’ll see you tomorrow night,” will also be highlighted. Buck’s Ford C. Frick Award speech and poignant moments from Joe Buck’s Busch Stadium tribute following his father’s passing, will also be part of the program.

            To complement Monday’s Sounds of Baseball program, MLB Network will re-air four games on Monday, June 22, which feature Jack Buck behind the microphone, beginning with Joe Oliver’s walk-off single for the Cincinnati Reds in Game 2 of the 1990 World Series against the Oakland Athletics at 5:30 a.m. CDT. Game 3 of the 1991 World Series between the Minnesota Twins and Atlanta Braves will air at 7:30 a.m. CDT, followed by Kirby Puckett’s walk-off home run in Game 6 of the 1991 World Series at 10:30 a.m. CDT. The action will conclude with Smith’s walk-off home run from the 1985 NLCS Game 5 at 2:00 p.m. CDT, with MLB Network using Buck’s radio call for its airing.

           The Sounds of Baseball series launched on June 8, 2020, with 1982 Dodgers’ Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully featured first, and future episodes will be announced at a later date. Since MLB Network’s launch in 2009, Costas and Verducci also co-hosted MLB Network’s original series, MLB’s 20 Greatest Games in 2011, which ranked the best 20 games of the last 50 years.

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