Tuesday, January 3, 2012

This Day in Reds History: Team Hires HOFer for Radio

January 3rd, 1942 - The Burger Brewing Company and WKRC hire 43-year old Waite Hoyt to be the play-by-play broadcaster for Cincinnati Reds broadcasts.

The following is an excerpt from Redleg Journal:

"Hoyt did the play-by-play for the Reds until 1965 and became a Cincinnati institution. A Hall of Fame pitcher who was a longtime friend and teammate of Babe Ruth with the Yankees in the 1920s, Hoyt regaled listeners with stories of his playing days during rain delays."

Prior to joining the Reds' radio team, Hoyt pitched in the majors for 21 seasons with 7 different clubs. In those years he compiled a 237-182 record and a 3.59 ERA -- which ultimately paved his way into being inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1969 via selection by the Veteran's Committee.

Unfortunately for Hoyt, he only got one chance to call a World Series -- that opportunity came in 1961 when the Redlegs fell to the heavily-favored Bronx Bombers four games to one. In fact, that season ended up being the only year he'd ever broadcast playoff games for Cincy. The franchise embodied mediocrity during much of Hoyt's time at the microphone -- finishing first in the league just once ('61) and finishing in the bottom half of the league's standings 14 times.

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