For nearly 50 years, Jack Buck was the voice of the St. Louis Cardinals
on KMOX/St. Louis since 1954. Upon his arrival in St. Louis, he
became the station's Sports Director after stints in Columbus, Ohio
and Rochester, New York.
Born on August 21, 1924, in Holyoke, Massachusetts, Buck was raised
in Cleveland and graduated from Ohio State University.
During his career, he covered some of baseball's greatest moments
and players, including Stan Musial, Lou Brock and Bob Gibson. He
called Mark McGuire's record-breaking 70th home run in 1998 and
Kirk Gibson's "unbelievable" home run in Game One of the
1988 World Series. In addition, he called three world championship
seasons in 1964, 1967 and 1982.
Buck's career also includes work for the CBS Radio Network and
play-by-play assignments of the 1965 and 1976 All-Star Games, the
National League Championship Series from 1979 to 1982, and the World
Series from 1982 to 1989. Known for his sense of fair play, Buck
never let his love of the Cardinals intrude upon his mission of
reporting the action.
In 1978, Buck teamed with Hank Stram as CBS's primary NFL radio
announcers. From 1970 to 1974 and from 1982 to 1988, Jack also called
NFL action on the CBS Television Network.
Jack Buck died on June 18, 2002.
Jack Buck was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1995.
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