Sunday, November 1, 2009

1969 World Series

Yesterday and today, I've been watching the rebroadcasts of the 1969 World Series between the Mets and Orioles on the MLB network.

These games bring back a lot of memories, not only of the Amazin' Mets and the great Oriole teams of the late 60s and early 70s, but of baseball in general back then.

These games were originally broadcast by NBC, and the announcer was regular Mets' play-by-play man Lindsey Nelson, with Curt Gowdy doing color. WHAT A DIFFERENCE in the broadcasting style back then! Nelson is informative, without being overbearing or a Mets homer, and Gowdy rarely says anything - preferring to say nothing when there's nothing to say. With every pitch, there are gaps of silence where you can actually watch the game and take in the atmosphere.

If only today's "announcers" like Joe Buck and that clown Tim McCarver would take note! (I'm not even going to start in on the amateurish bunch employed by TBS!)


MattR said...

cool--i didn't know those were being replayed today. I hope my DVR is recording them. :)

Anonymous said...

I recently discovered that our cable company suddenly has the MLB Network and I've been watching some old games too and I LOVE IT! I was noticing the difference in announcing styles too, just from '79's game 7 to today's stuff. I knew I could tell there's been a change since '82 when I started watching, but I never remembered just what the difference was like exactly