Thursday, January 3, 2013

This day in Reds history: Team hires new voice to call play-by-play

Jan. 3, 1942 - The Burger Brewing Company and radio station WKRC hire Waite Hoyt to handle the play-by-play duties for Cincinnati Reds broadcasts.

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 1920, Hoyt regaled listeners with stories of his playing days during rain delays.

As a player, Hoyt compiled a 237-182 record and 3.59 ERA in his 21-year MLB career. He spent 10 of those years (1921-30) as a member of the Yankees and also played in brief stints with Pittsburgh, Brooklyn, Boston, Detroit, and Philadelphia. He was a 3-time World Series champion (1923, '27, '28) and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1969 via vote by the Veteran's Committee.

The Reds appeared in two World Series' during Hoyt's reign as broadcaster (1945, '61). The franchise honored Hoyt in 2007 by displaying a replica microphone which hangs just below the radio broadcast booth at Great American Ball Park. His is there alongside Marty Brennaman's and Joe Nuxhall's.

Hoyt passed away on Aug. 25, 1984 at the age of 84.

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