I Saw It on the Radio

There was a time, not that long ago, when the world functioned perfectly well, thank you, without instant replay, SportsCenter and the Internet….when home games were often blacked out….when we watched games on the radio.

The image above by D. Alan Harris conjures up memories of those days gone by. The photo is titled “Yesteryear” and the caption says, “Remember when — once upon a time little boys clamored to listen to the game in front of the radio.”

This kid grew up in New York listening to legendary announcers like Mel Allen, Red Barber, Jerry Coleman, Phil Rizzuto and Joe Garagiola call Yankee games. Sunday afternoons in the Fall were often spent on the living room couch with my father, listening to Marty Glickman broadcast another New York Giants road game. And my brother and I lived in the attic, where we listened to Marv Albert call Ranger and Knick games from Madison Square Garden, before cable TV.

World Series games were a challenge. The nuns would allow us to listen to an inning or two in class; however it always seemed as though we had to return to penmanship lessons just as Mickey Mantle was coming up in a key spot. I used to fall asleep at night listening to ballgames with my transistor radio, under the covers.

Those were the days….

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3 Comments on “I Saw It on the Radio”

  1. Will R says:

    I can remember listening to Marv Albert calling NY Rangers games in the early 70s. “Kick save and a beauty!” Remember Sal “Red Light” Messina?

  2. sportslifer says:

    Those were the days. Eddie Giacommin. Rod Gilbert. Jean Ratelle, Vic Hadfield, the first Ranger 50-goal scorer. Brad Park. How about Reggie Fleming and Jim “Chief” Neilson.

  3. […] It turned out to be an old-fashioned Sunday for many older New York Giants fans, who recall the NFL home TV blackouts of the 50s and 60s and listening to Marty Glickman broadcast the games on the radio. […]


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