Bob Shepard is something like 96 years old and had done the PA work for the New York Giants football club until about a year or two ago. He will always be the best IMO. The other ones that I am currently familiar with is Dan Baker for the Phillies and there is also a woman in San Francisco. According to an article on mlb.com, her name is Renel and is also a morning radio show host. I don't know much about her other than that she is the first woman to be named a pa announcer for a baseball team.
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I remember during the 1986 NLCS, the first game was played at Houston, and they included the Astrodome PA's introduction of the players. Naturally, the guy went all "homer" when it came time to introduce the Astros, such that the broadcasters commented something to the effect that the guy at Shea would have a pretty tough job beating that. Unfortunately, America never got to find out, because when they broadcast the first game at Shea, the TV did not include Jack Franchetti's introductions... we'd have to wait until the World Series to hear his voice on the TV.
The Mets' media guide, which I don't have on me at the moment, lists all of the club's public address announcers.
But who can forget the unknown (to me) gentleman who announced the players in Montreal's Jarry Park? Thanks to him, fans of a certain era will never forget the names, at least, of such "commons" as... Jooooooooooohn Baaaaaaa.....ka-bell-laaaaaaaa (John Boccabella).
Jack E. Lee (1962-August 1966)
Dan Reilly (Two homestands in 1966)
Jack Lightcap (1966-1970)
Loren Matthews (1970-1976)
Jack Franchetti (1977-1987)
Pete Larkin (1988-1993)
Don/Doug Gould (1994)
Del Demontreaux (1995-1999)
Roger Luce (2000-2003)
Alex Anthony (2003-present)
My favorite PA announcer was Paul Sommerkamp who was the PA man for the Reds for many years.
He was credited with being the first to repeat the players last name. EX: Batting first...the third baseman Pete Rose...Rose. It was said he did that to give the fans who were keeping score, time to write the players name in the scorebook.
I believe Paul has passed away.
I agree on Sommerkamp. I never heard him at Crosley but I heard him at Riverfront. Everytime he introduced the team before all of those playoff games at Riverfront, I got goose bumps.
renel brooks-moon currently does the pa at mays field.
the popular radio deejay replaced sherry davis, who announced at candlestick park as baseball's first female pa announcer.
(maybe davis was the first female pa announcer of all the major professional sports.)
"you don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. just get people to stop reading them." -ray bradbury
She's TERRIBLE! I've got nothing against women wanting to do this, but the way she yells and screams is so irritating. Her voice is pretty irritating, too - she sounds sort of like Jeanie Zylasko (sp?). Couldn't they have found someone else to be the first female PA announcer?
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My favorite is the Phillies PA Announcer, Dan Baker.... he's got a great voice. I still get "goosebumps" when I here him say "Now Batting for the Phillies, Number 26, Secondbaseman.... Chase Utley".
I've gotta give number 2 to Bob Sheppard. What a great thing it is to hear him knowing he's been at Yankee Stadium since 1951.
The PA Announcer for the Red Sox is Carl Beane.
"LADIES & GENTLEMEN, BOYS & GIRLS ... WELCOME TO FENWAY PARK"
..... Sherm Feller (28 years)
Currently it's is Carl Beane
John Kiley on the organ (live) is the only man ever to "play" for the Red Sox, Celtics & Bruins (35 years)
According to the Yanks' Media Guide the original PA man in YS was Jack Lenz, who had shared the duties with George Levy at the Polo Grounds and moved across the river with the Yanks, although on Opening Day in 1923 the crowd was so big they shared the duties again. This was before electronic PA systems, so he would walk around the stadium with an enormous megaphone and announce the lineups over and over to the sections. It looks like Lenz stayed through the 30's or so, and that Red Patterson, the Yanks' publicity man, did the announcing after WWII up through 1950. Then came Sheppard. It's Jim Hill now, and he will probably stay. He has the sound the Yankees want. It would appear they don't have a reliably complete list.
PA announcing at the Stadium was very bare bones until the mid-1960's. Most of it before the game with the greeting and lineups and the introduction of the player only for his first at-bat. After that only introduction of players as they replaced the original lineups.
Bob Sheppard is and always will be the greatest PA Announcer in all of sports, I really missed hearing him this year at the Stadium, but I'm hopeful that he'll make a comeback next year in the new park.
Bob Sheppard = The Voice of God
Joe Gentile was the long time Detroit Tigers PA announcer. He was awesome!
Pat Piper was the Bob Sheppard of Wrigley Field - announcing from either a table on the field in the very early days, or the first row of the grandstand later - he could always be counted on for his famous, "Ladies and gentleman, get your pencils and scorecards ready!"
Currently, it's Wayne Messmer who is the PA voice at Wrigley. He also occasionally sings the National Anthem. His story is really amazing, as he was shot in the throat in 1994 as a victim of a mugging.
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