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Ernie Harwell and Paul Carey do the play-by-play for WJR 760, the Great Voice of the Great Lakes. The first13 innings of a 14-inning affair, eventually won by Detroit, 4-2.
Here's a rare full game broadcast of legendary Detroit Tigers play-by-play men Ernie Harwell and George Kell, teamed together to bring fans the last game of the 1963 season. This was Kell's last game as a radio play-by-play announcer for the Tigers. George took a year off from the mic and then returned in 1965 for about 30 years as the lead guy from the Tigers' TV booth. Ernie went on from here to give Tigers' fans 30+ more years of folksy and professional radio play-by-play work that earned him a place in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. What these two fine gentlemen taught a couple of generations of Tigers fans not only about baseball but also about how to talk to people long will be appreciated.
San Diego Padres 4 at Detroit Tigers 8, F -- Game 5 started out poorly for the Padres when Mark Thurmond gave up three runs in the first inning. But they managed to rally back and were within one run of the Tigers in the eighth inning when Kirk Gibson came up to bat to face Goose Gossage. Though Gossage had been encouraged to walk Gibson, Gossage decided to pitch to him instead. Gibson responded with a three-run blast that clinched the Series for the Tigers. Sparky Anderson became the first manager to win World Championship titles in both the National and American Leagues.
Improved audio synch
Even into the '90s, most major league ballclubs were still doing their radio and television with one team of broadcasters. As it was with most clubs, the Dodgers would have Vin Scully doing the first three and last three innings on TV. Then he'd switch over to radio for the middle three as Ross Porter (also an excellent broadcaster) came over from the radio side to do three innings of TV. I wish it were still done that way today, but then I wish Vin Scully were on the air tonight starting in on a 68th season. By the way, there's even a Scully-hosted postgame show here, with Porter interviewing Raul Mondesi (or as we'd call him today, Raul Mondesi Senior)...
Ernie Harwell and Paul Carey's last game together as Tigers broadcasters. Also, the last game played at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium. Plenty of hoopla, tributes, and reminiscences.