Harry Christopher Skip Caray, Jr. was an American sportscaster, best known for his long career as a radio and television play-by-play announcer for the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball. He was the son of baseball announcer Harry Caray, and the father of fellow Braves broadcaster Chip Caray, another son and he studied television and radio at the University of Missouri where he received a degree in journalism and was a member of Phi Gamma Delta. He began his career in St. Louis calling Saint Louis University, in 1968, Caray moved with the Hawks to Atlanta, where he called Atlanta Flames hockey games and did morning sportscasts on WSB-AM. In 1976, he was added to the broadcast team for the Braves, in September 2007, Caray was not asked to announce League Division Series games on TBS and was kept exclusive to the Braves as the teams broadcasts moved to local Atlanta network Peachtree TV. Caray felt slighted by the move, Skip Caray was inducted into the Atlanta Braves Hall of Fame in 2004 alongside long time Braves broadcaster Pete Van Wieren.
He has been recognized with six Georgia Sportscaster-of-the Year awards from the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association, on December 18,2006, the Braves organization announced that Caray had signed three-year contracts to continue doing Braves game broadcasts on their radio network. However, Caray only announced ten games on TBS in the 2007 season before being relegated to Peachtree TV, on the final broadcast of Braves TBS Baseball, Caray thanked fans saying, To all you people who have watched the Braves for these 30 years. We appreciate you more than you ever know. Thank you folks and God bless you, and were going to miss you every bit as much as you miss us. Skip Carays broadcasts were characterized by his witty and sarcastic sense of humor, a personality trait that endeared him to most fans, but alienated him from some. For example, during a long losing streak in the 1980s, Skip declared at the start of a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, like lambs to the slaughter. Among other memorable lines, Caray said of Braves pitcher Charlie Kerfeld, boy, he is big enough to go to work.
Skip was known for his tendency to identify the hometowns of fans who catch foul balls during Braves games in jest, fans who reside in the metro Atlanta area were identified by a random suburb, though there was no legitimacy behind these references. Similarly, when home games went long, Caray would routinely give a traffic report at exactly 5 oclock on radio broadcasts. It consisted of him rattling off a random list of major Atlanta arteries, or could you please explain the infield fly rule. Skip Carays rather distinctive nasal voice had been parodied by former SportsCenter anchor Rich Eisen during highlights for Atlanta Braves games, the move was strongly criticized by Braves fans, the local Atlanta media, and Braves manager Bobby Cox. Over 90% of Braves fans who voted in a poll conducted by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution preferred Caray. The move backfired, and ratings for the TBS broadcasts declined sharply, after the All-Star Break and Van Wieren were returned to the booth, only to be taken off permanently in 2007 with TBS hiring new broadcasters for their playoff coverage in the year
1984 San Diego Padres season
The 1984 San Diego Padres season was the 16th season in franchise history. San Diego won the National League championship and advanced to the World Series, the Padres were led by manager Dick Williams and third-year player Tony Gwynn, who won the NL batting title and finished third in voting for the NL Most Valuable Player Award. In their first 15 seasons, the Padres had an overall won–lost record of 995–1372 for a.420 winning percentage and they had never finished higher than fourth in the NL West division, and eight times they had finished in last place. However, they were coming off consecutive 81–81 seasons in Williams two years as San Diegos manager and they won the NL West in 1984 with a 92–70 record, and set a then-franchise record in attendance, drawing nearly two million fans. They defeated the Chicago Cubs in the National League Championship Series, Steve Garvey was named the NLCS Most Valuable Player. October 21,1983, Sandy Alomar, Jr. was signed by the Padres as a free agent. December 6,1983, Joe Pittman and a player to be named were traded by the Padres to the San Francisco Giants for Champ Summers, the Padres completed the deal by sending Tommy Francis to the Giants on December 7.
December 7, Gary Lucas was traded by the Padres to the Montreal Expos as part of a three-team trade, the Expos sent Al Newman to the Padres, and the Chicago Cubs sent Carmelo Martínez, Craig Lefferts, and Fritzie Connally to the Padres. The Expos traded Scott Sanderson to the Cubs, January 6,1984, Rich Gossage was signed as a free agent by the Padres. January 14, Owner Ray Kroc dies, ownership passes to his wife, Joan B. January 17, Rodney McCray was drafted by the Padres in the 9th round of the 1984 amateur draft, march 25, Second baseman Juan Bonilla waived. March 30, Dennis Rasmussen and a player to be named were traded by the Padres to the New York Yankees for Graig Nettles, the Padres completed the deal by sending Darin Cloninger to the Yankees on April 26. After spending $6 million to acquire free-agent first baseman Steve Garvey in 1983, the deal made Gossage the highest-salaried pitcher in baseball at the time. Manager Dick Williams, who had asked General Manager Jack McKeon to obtain a strikeout-type reliever, eight days after signing Gossage, Padres owner Ray Kroc died at the age of 81.
The season was dedicated in his memory with the team wearing his initials, ownership of the team passed to his wife, Joan Kroc. In February, All-Star catcher Terry Kennedy underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee after being bothered by continuous inflammation since the middle of 1983. During spring training, Alan Wiggins was named the new second baseman over incumbent Juan Bonilla. The Padres were hoping to bolster their starting outfield, which produced just 23 homers in 1983, the two Padre outfielders along with Garvey and Kennedy supplied San Diego with five regulars who had the potential to hit at least 20 home runs
Robert Edward Ted Turner III is an American media mogul and philanthropist. As a businessman, he is known as founder of the Cable News Network, in addition, he founded WTBS, which pioneered the superstation concept in cable television. As a philanthropist, he is known for his $1 billion gift to support the United Nations, which created the United Nations Foundation, Turner serves as Chairman of the United Nations Foundation board of directors. Additionally, in 2001, Turner co-founded the Nuclear Threat Initiative with US Senator Sam Nunn, NTI is a non-partisan organisation dedicated to reducing global reliance on, and preventing the proliferation of, nuclear and biological weapons. He currently serves as Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors, Turners media empire began with his fathers billboard business, Turner Outdoor Advertising, which he took over in 1963 after his fathers suicide. His purchase of an Atlanta UHF station in 1970 began the Turner Broadcasting System, CNN revolutionized news media, covering the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986 and the Persian Gulf War in 1991.
Turner turned the Atlanta Braves baseball team into a popular franchise. Turners penchant for controversial statements earned him the nicknames The Mouth of the South, Turner has devoted his assets to environmental causes. He was the largest private landowner in the United States until John C. Malone surpassed him in 2011 and he uses much of his land for ranches to re-popularize bison meat, amassing the largest herd in the world. He created the animated series Captain Planet and the Planeteers. Turner was born on November 19,1938 in Cincinnati, the son of Florence and Robert Edward Turner II, when he was nine, his family moved to Savannah, Georgia. He attended The McCallie School, a boys preparatory school in Chattanooga. Turner attended Brown University and was vice-president of the Brown Debating Union and he became a member of Kappa Sigma. Turners father wrote saying that his choice made him appalled, even horrified, Turner changed his major to Economics, but before receiving a diploma, he was expelled for having a female student in his dormitory room.
Turner was awarded an honorary B. A. from Brown University in November 1989 when he returned to campus to keynote the National Association of College Broadcasters second annual conference. After leaving Brown University, Turner returned to the South in late 1960 to become manager of the Macon. Following his fathers March 1963 suicide, Turner became president and chief executive of Turner Advertising Company when he was 24 and turned the firm into a global enterprise. He joined the Young Republicans, saying he felt at ease among these budding conservatives and was following in Ed Turners far-right footsteps
John Sterling (sportscaster)
John Sterling is an American sportscaster best known as the radio play-by-play announcer of Major League Baseballs New York Yankees. He has announced every Yankees game since 1989, Sterling grew up on Manhattans Upper East Side, in the East 80s. He was the son of advertising executive Carl H. T. according to the 1940 U. S. Census, John was one year old and living with the family in Manhattan when the census was taken on April 4. Sterling began his career in Baltimore, where he served as the play-by-play announcer for the then-Baltimore Bullets for the 1970–71 NBA season. He did play-by-play for Morgan State University football, a role that he held from 1971 to 1978, Sterling came to New York broadcasting as a talk show host with WMCA in 1971. He served as the voice for the WHAs New York Raiders, the WFLs New York Stars, the NHLs New York Islanders. Sterling did a stretch with the Yankees as pre-game host on WMCA and WINS radio, from 1975 through 1980, Sterling announced Nets and Islanders games for WMCA, WVNJ, WOR-TV, and SportsChannel New York, continuing his WMCA talk program until 1978.
After his initial stint in New York, Sterling spent nine years in Atlanta hosting a sports show on WSB radio and covering the Braves. In 1989, Sterling returned to New York to broadcast the games for the Yankees on WABC radio and he has been with the Yankees ever since, currently calling games on WFAN radio and its affiliates in the New York Yankees Radio Network. Since 2005, he has been paired with Suzyn Waldman, past announcing partners include, Jay Johnstone, Joe Angel, Michael Kay, in 2013, the Yankees announced a move to WFAN over the next ten years, and Sterling was retained. His contract was extended through the 2017 season on February 12,2016, Sterlings association with the Yankees is not limited to announcing live games over the radio. He is host of the YES Networks Yankeeography series, which produces biographies of New York Yankees, among several nominations, Sterling has received two Emmy Awards for the series. He hosts the introductions and recaps for Yankees Classics, in addition, Sterling has a nightly commentary feature on WCBS-TV newscasts called Sterling on Sports, in which he gives his take on a recent sporting event or sports news item.
This commentary airs nightly during the 6,15 PM sports report and former broadcasting partner Michael Kay commonly work together representing the Yankees. They announce the annual Yankees Old-Timers Day and they have presided at the Key to the City ceremonies following Yankee World Series victories in 1996,1998,1999,2000 and 2009. The pair often serve as masters of ceremonies on and off the field for major Yankee events, Sterling has several idiosyncrasies that mark his broadcasts as distinctive, very unusual, if divisive. Following the final out of a Yankees victory, Sterling calls Ballgame over, the length of the word the is held longer after dramatic victories, as well as after victories resulting in championships. The phrase evolved from Sterlings call of Mel Halls game-winning three-run homer in the inning on May 27,1991
WSB — branded News 95.5 and AM750, WSB — is a commercial radio station licensed to Atlanta, Georgia broadcasting a news/talk format. The station transmits with 50,000 watts of power day and night. WSB is a clear-channel Class A station, according to the North American Regional Broadcasting Agreement and this enables WSB to be heard across a wide coverage area during nighttime hours, sometimes extending across the East Coast and Midwestern United States. It uses the slogan Atlantas news, traffic, the station is owned by, and is the AM flagship station for Cox Radio. WSB AM is the station to WSBB-FM95.5, WSB-FM, WALR-FM, WSRV FM, and WSB-TV2, all owned by Cox. Although WSB is licensed to use the technology, it is not currently broadcasting in HD Radio, the digital radio system has apparently been turned off due to listener complaints of RF interference. WSB programming has been simulcast on sister station WSBB-FM95.5 since August 2010, the stations studios and offices are located at the WSB Television and Radio Group building on West Peachtree Street in Midtown Atlanta, which is shared with its television and radio partners.
The AM transmitter and radiating tower are located in Tucker, the call sign WSB carried an infamous history before it was assigned to a land-based broadcaster in Atlanta. In the early days of radio licensing, ship-to-shore radio operations were included in the call sign assignment system, the first licensee of the call sign WSB was the SS Francis H. Leggett. Because superstitious seafarers objected to being issued a call sign used by a ship that suffered a bad fate. Over time, station management would say the call letters stood for Welcome South, founded by the Atlanta Journal newspaper, the station signed on the air on March 15,1922, just a few days prior to Constitution-owned WGM AM710. The station was authorized to broadcast weather bulletins at first. WSB smoothed the way for the spread of southern gospel music. Lambdin Kay, the first general manager, called Hornsby 90% of the talent on WSB. In February 1924, Lambdin Kay called Art Gillham The Whispering Pianist while performing on WSB, Gillham returned to WSB in 1937 for regular programs.
In 1927, WSB became an NBC Radio Network affiliate, the trademark three-tone NBC chimes were first played in the WSB studios. In 1939, the Journal newspaper and WSB radio station were sold to James Middleton Cox, wright Bryan, a WSB news reporter as well as managing editor of the Atlanta Journal, was a stringer for NBC during World War II. He was the first war correspondent to broadcast an eyewitness account of the D-Day invasion from London in the hours of June 6,1944
The Cleveland Indians are an American professional baseball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians compete in Major League Baseball as a club of the American League Central division. Since 1994, they have played at Progressive Field, the teams spring training facility is at Goodyear Ballpark in Goodyear, Arizona. The Indians current World Series championship drought is the longest active drought, the name Indians originated from a request by club owner Charles Somers to baseball writers to choose a new name to replace Cleveland Naps following the departure of Nap Lajoie after the 1914 season. The name referenced the nickname Indians that was applied to the Cleveland Spiders baseball club during the time when Louis Sockalexis, common nicknames for the Indians include the Tribe and the Wahoos, the latter being a reference to their logo, Chief Wahoo, a controversial Native American caricature. The teams mascot is named Slider, the franchise originated in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1894 as the Grand Rapids Rustlers, a minor league team in the Western League.
The team moved to Cleveland in 1900 and changed its name to the Cleveland Lake Shores, one of the American Leagues eight charter franchises, the major league incarnation of the club was founded in Cleveland in 1901. Originally called the Cleveland Bluebirds, the played in League Park until moving permanently to Cleveland Stadium in 1946. At the end of the 2016 season, they had a regular season record of 9. In 1857 baseball games were a spectacle in Clevelands Public Squares. City authorities tried to find an ordinance forbidding it, to the joy of the crowd, – Harold Seymour 1865–1868 Forest Citys of Cleveland 1869–1872 Forest Citys of Cleveland From 1865 to 1868 Forest Citys was an amateur ball club. During the 1869 season, Cleveland was among several cities which established professional baseball teams following the success of the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings, the first fully professional team. In the newspapers before and after 1870, the team was called the Forest Citys. In 1871 the Forest Citys joined the new National Association of Professional Base Ball Players, two of the leagues western clubs went out of business during the first season and the Chicago Fire left that citys White Stockings impoverished, unable to field a team again until 1874.
Cleveland was thus the NAs westernmost outpost in 1872, the year the club folded, Cleveland played their full schedule to July 19 followed by two games versus Boston in mid-August and disbanded at the end of the season. 1879–1881 Cleveland Forest Citys 1882–1884 Cleveland Blues In 1876, the National League supplanted the NA as the professional league. Cleveland were not among its members, but by 1879 the league was looking for new entries. The Cleveland Forest Citys baseball team was re-created, the National League required distinct colors for the 1882 season, so the Cleveland Forest Citys became the Cleveland Blues
A road game or away game is a sports game where the specified team is not the host and must travel to another venue. Most professional teams represent cities or towns and amateur sports teams often represent academic institutions, each team has a location where it practices during the season and where it hosts games. When a team is not the host, it must travel to games. Thus, when a team is not hosting a game, the team is described as the team, the visiting team, or the away team. The venue in which the game is played is described as the stadium or the road. The host team is said to be the home team, major sporting events, if not held at a neutral venue, are often over several legs at each teams home ground, so that neither team has an advantage over the other. Occasionally, the team may not have to travel very far at all to a road game. These matches often become local derbies, a few times a year, a road team may even be lucky enough to have the road game played at their own home stadium or arena.
This is prevalent in college athletics where many schools will play in regional leagues or groundshare. The related term true road game has seen increasing use in U. S. college sports in the 21st century, while regular-season tournaments and other special events have been part of college sports from their creation, the 21st century has seen a proliferation of such events. These are typically held at sites, with some of them taking place outside the contiguous U. S. or even outside the country entirely. In turn, this has led to the use of true road game to refer to contests played at one home venue. In some association football leagues, particularly in Europe, the teams fans sit in their own section. Depending on the stadium, they will either sit in a designated section or be separated from the home fans by a cordon of police officers. However, in the leagues in England, supporters may be free to mix. When games are played at a site, for instance the FA Cup final in England which is always played at Wembley Stadium.
This results in each team occupying one half of the stadium and this is different from other sports, particularly in North America, where very few fans travel to games played away from their home stadium. Home and away fans are not separated at these games
Kenneth Grant Dayley is a former professional baseball player. A left-handed pitcher, Dayley played all or part of seasons in Major League Baseball between 1982 and 1993. After pitching at the University of Portland, Dayley was selected in the first round, as the third pick overall and he made his Major League Baseball debut with the Braves on May 13,1982. During his Braves career, he was used as a swingman, Dayley was traded along with Mike Jorgensen to the St. Louis Cardinals on June 15,1984, for Ken Oberkfell. After spending most of the rest of season in the minor leagues, he made it to the majors to stay in 1985. That would remain his role for the remainder of his MLB career and he was released, re-signed by the Cardinals following the 1986 season, pitched for them through 1990, after which he was granted free agency. While with the Cardinals, Dayley had a statistically stellar postseason record, in four postseason series in 1985 and 1987, Dayley appeared in 16 games, pitching 20.2 innings.
He won one game, saved five, and posted a run average of just 0.44. He struck out 15 batters while giving up just 12 baserunners, the only run he gave up, was a big one. In Game 6 of the 1987 World Series, With the Minnesota Twins already leading 6–5 in the inning, Dayley was brought in to face left-handed hitter Kent Hrbek with the bases loaded. Dayleys first pitch was deposited over the center field fence for a grand slam. That gave the Twins a 10–5 lead, and they would go on to win the game 11–5, Dayley signed with Toronto Blue Jays in November 1990. Dayley made eight appearances in 1991, but his season was cut short by injuries. He pitched in just four games in 1992, all in the minors and he opened the 1993 season with the Jays, but pitched in just two games, in which he faced seven batters and walked four of them, before being released on April 15. Five days later, Los Angeles Dodgers signed him to a league contract. Pitching for the Albuquerque Dukes, he appeared in nine games, giving up 14 hits and 12 walks in just 10.1 innings, before being released on June 22, career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference
Kenneth Raymond Oberkfell is an American former Major League Baseball third baseman. He played from 1977 to 1992 for six different teams, Oberkfell primarily played third base but he played over 400 career games at second base. After retiring as a player, Oberkfell served as a baseball coach and he has primarily coached in the minor leagues, but he spent the part of the 2008 as the New York Mets first base coach and spent the 2011 season as the Mets bench coach. Oberkfell was a member of the 1982 World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals, Oberkfell was part of the Bearded Braves triumvirate along with Glenn Hubbard and Bruce Sutter. He told Neil Holfeld of the Houston Chronicle in a May 17,1985 story that, consider us a modern era House of David team. After his retirement as a player in 1992, Oberkfell embarked on a managerial career that saw him named Minor League Manager of the Year by Baseball America in 2005. He served as the manager of the New Orleans Zephyrs from January 4,2007 until June 17,2008, during 2009 and 2010, Oberkfell managed the Mets Triple-A farm team, the Buffalo Bisons.
On January 28,2010, Oberkfell led the Leones del Escogido to their 13th championship in the Dominican Baseball Winter League as their manager and he was interviewed for the Mets managerial opening in November 2010. He was named the New York Mets bench coach for the 2011 season, Oberkfell served as the manager of the Newark Bears of the independent Can-Am League during the 2012 season before stepping down in August. Oberfell managed the Leones del Escogido of the Dominican Republic to the Caribbean Series championship title in 2010 and 2012, in 2013, Oberkfell became the manager of the Lincoln Saltdogs in Lincoln, Nebraska. He resigned for family reasons after the 2015 season, career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference
WPCH-TV, virtual channel 17, is an independent television station located in Atlanta, United States. The station is owned by Turner Broadcasting System, a subsidiary of Time Warner, the Meredith Corporation, the two stations share studio facilities located on 14th Street in northwestern Atlanta, WPCH maintains transmitter facilities located in North Druid Hills. Through its ownership, WPCH-TV is the only broadcast television station owned by Time Warner, on cable, the station is available on channel 7 on both Comcast Xfinity and Charter Spectrum, and in high definition on Xfinity channel 807 and Spectrum channel 707. The station first signed on the air on September 1,1967 and it was the Atlanta markets first independent station, and one of the first to sign on in the Southeastern United States. The stations call letters were named for its founder, Atlanta entrepreneur Jack Rice, the stations original studio and transmitter facility was located at 1018 West Peachtree Street Northwest, which had formerly served as the studios of CBS affiliate WAGA-TV.
Channel 17 was launched on a budget, with an afternoon and evening schedule filled with older movies. In January 1970, entrepreneur Ted Turner, who ran his fathers business and had owned several radio stations. Soon after, Turner changed the call letters to WTCG. Upon becoming owned by Turner, WTCG initially retained its original programming format and it moved its operations to new studio facilities located a few blocks west of the original Peachtree Street facility, to the former site of the Progressive Club. During an interview in 2004, Turner revealed that some of the problems that had dogged WJRJ were present during the days at WTCG. Secondly, money was very tight during the first couple of years that Turner owned the station. The station decided to purchase the color broadcasting equipment it needed on credit after Turner took over, the station converted to color by May 1970. However, some months had passed and Turner found himself unable to make the payments on the equipment. As a last resort, Turner held a telethon, much in the manner of the pledge drives seen on public television.
Third, as it began operations in 1970, there was new competition in the form of upstart UHF station WATL, WTCG threw an on-air party in celebration, but it would soon have a new competitor when WHAE-TV went on the air in June 1971. Originally owned by the Christian Broadcasting Network, that station had initially broadcast for six hours a day, Channel 46 gradually expanded its broadcast day, running programs for 20 hours daily by 1976. By 1974, the station had a general entertainment format, with religious programs mixed in among its secular shows during morning. WHAE was a very competitive station, but could not beat WTCG, but due to network commitments, the three major affiliates could only keep programs for a few years at a time