Red Barber: the Finest Baseball Broadcaster

In a clear play of grandstanding, I nominate Red Barber as the finest baseball broadcaster. He came up with southern colloquialisms like "tearing up the pea patch" and "sitting in the catbird seat." He had retired from working with the Reds and Dodgers long before I had heard of him. I got to know him on NPR every Friday morning. You can listen to a few of his NPR broadcasts at (I particularly like the one entitled "Well, I'' Be a Suck- Egg Mule.")

You might also want to check out a video of Barber and Ernie Harwell talk about their respective broadcasts of the "Shot Heard 'round the World" in 1951

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