Curt Gowdy – 1919-2006

Boston Sports lost a legend yesterday when former Red Sox announcer Curt Gowdy passed away yesterday after a long battle with leukemia at the age of 86.

Gowdy was more than just the voice of the Red Sox, he became the best known sports broadcaster in the business during the 1960′s. There are many obituaries and tributes to Gowdy this morning, and I feel this topic deserves its own post.

I was certainly aware of Gowdy while growing up, but his voice was permanently ingrained into my mind after I worked at a sports retailer in a local mall (Merle Harmon’s Fan Fair) after getting out of high school. While there, we played the video “Forever Fenway – 75 Years of Red Sox Baseball” in a loop on the video system in the store. Gowdy narrated that video, and though I might hear the entire thing eight times during the course of a day, I never tired of hearing Gowdy recount the history of the Red Sox. I can still recall many of the phrases from that video, describing Ted Williams, 1950 rookie of the year Walt Dropo, and the death of Harry Agganis.

In nearly all of the stories that follow, you’ll find that one theme seems to permeate all of them. Curt Gowdy was a class act and gentleman. He’ll be missed.

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Mark Feeney has the obituary of Gowdy in the Boston Globe, where he recaps the amazing career of the Wyoming born Gowdy. The Boston Herald mixes in the AP obituary with some of their own information, and also has Steve Buckley remembering Gowdy being honored at The Tradition, the Sports Museum of New England