notes on government, sports and popular culture
.....No true sports fan would let the day pass without a tribute to the late, great Curt Gowdy
Gowdy in the MNF booth?
"ABC Sports had wooed him to be the first play-by-play announcer for 'Monday Night Football,' but NBC would not release him from his contract."
NBC kicks him out of the baseball booth:
"....NBC forced him off the baseball beat, replacing him with Joe Garigiola a month after Mr. Gowdy called the 1975 World Series. The network denied that its decision had resulted from an accusation by an American League umpire, Larry Barnett, that Mr. Gowdy and Tony Kubek, his broadcast partner during the Series, had partly been responsible for threats on the lives of Mr. Barnett and his family. The announcers, especially Mr. Kubek, said that Mr. Barnett failed to call interference on a Cincinnati Reds pinch hitter in Game 3 of the Series against the Sox."
That's a reference, of course, to the Ed Armbrister-Carlton Fisk collision in the ninth inning of Game 3 that resulted in the winning run getting into scoring position. Personally, I didn't see any interference.......
Rest in peace, Curt Gowdy....