Hometown Sports Commentators

Tommy Heinsohn has passed away. I‘ve never been into sports, but I enjoyed watching the Celtics growing up because of the former Celts coach and star’s ridiculous and boisterous commentary, which included giving people “Tommy Points” towards that game's “Tommy award”, getting on the court and yelling at the refs even while away, and just generally screaming about anything, good or bad, while mild mannered Mike Gorman tried to get through his play by play without cracking up.

I'm wondering what other hometown commentators made their team worth watching, especially less known ones outside major sports towns like Boston.

https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/30292489/boston-celtics-legendary-player-coach-broadcaster-tommy-heinsohn-dies-age-86

If you ask this question in any baseball community 99.999999% of people will say Vin Scully, who was the Dodgers' broadcaster for at least 50 years off the top of my head and probably longer than that. He was good. But also from a major market.

I'm from Kansas City and have enjoyed listening to Denny Matthews call Royals games on the radio for years. He's been the broadcaster since the team's inception and is very old, and pretty subdued at this point, but it really works IMO. He sounds like the opposite of the Heinsohn you described above. You'll get some emotion from him but typically he just gets out of the way and lets the noise of the crowd tell the story.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrlpYsWn2cA

Kansas City also has this absolute dipshit for their color commentary guy on TV, Rex Hudler. In one segment he called the moon a planet. Truly incredible. The other guy just absolutely roasts him

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kKFjkBtcg8

https://youtu.be/o58stoJJ5No

“that were absolute diabolical!!!”

I love it

you dick 'ead

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hA-75O7eUQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XtVm8z28e4

Seattle isn‘t my hometown but we have a legendary sports announcer, Dave Niehaus (rip) who called some of the best baseball games in Seattle’s history.

https://youtu.be/6qPRNyJIgiA

@tapevulture#9171 in fairness to Rex, I remember him as one of those marginally talented try-hard white dude players whose main skill was running as fast as possible into a wall while chasing a fly ball, so he's probably dealing with some residual effects

I guess the big name in Chicago sports broadcasting was Harry Carey. And he was pretty funny. Good memories of the pre-Tribune media purchase, when the culture around the team was way way way way more pleasant.

For those unaware, the Cubs waited until 1988 to install lights in Wrigley Field, and even in the years afterward played mostly day games due to city ordinances restricting the number of night games (the park is located in a dense residential neighborhood).

This meant that fans at Cubs games were people who could go to a baseball game at 1pm on a weekday. In other words, drunks, burnouts, weirdos, and children on summer vacation. And Harry had the same laid back, slightly drunk vibes which was nice.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoQwMaWUnIg

*and Buddy Guy is a guitarist, so Harry is just completely wrong with the second thing lol

And of course this was his thing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fo9fEADUqPs

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@tapevulture#9171 Vin Scully

yeah everyone loved him and no wonder, check out how cool this dude was

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICs2nxhmKRs

@yeso#9201 yes i was too hard on rexer especially since not knowing the moon is a planet doesn‘t make you dumb, and there’s nothing wrong with being dumb, anyway~

nearly everyone i know hates him for relentless homerism and shitty catchphrases like "you can't sneak a piece of cheese by a hungry rat" but it's easy to forget that "nearly everyone i know" refers to terminally online baseball nerds, 99% of all people who watch baseball on TV just wanna chill and not get mad about the pitcher wins stat and stuff

i didn't know that about cubs day games, that's cool as hell and also i hadn't seen the harry caray graffanino vid, i immediately sent it to two people so thanks