Saturday, May 3, 2014
Video: Marty Brennaman discusses history of 'Banana Phone'
The "Banana Phone" used by Marty Brennaman and the rest of the radio broadcast crew during rain delays has become stuff of legend over the years.
In the video clip above, John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer caught up with the legendary broadcaster himself to discuss the history of the yellow-colored communications device.
Basically, the Banana Phone was born in 1989 (just like me) when former Reds Vice President Don Breen gifted it to Brennaman and Joe Nuxhall as a joke. Breen had recently left the Reds to work for Chiquita Brands and thought giving this item to the guys would be a humorous gesture.
Little did anyone know at the time that the Banana Phone would become a staple in the radio booth until the team left for Great American Ball Park in 2003. Now, the infamous phone is housed in the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum for visitors to see and admire.