Joe Garagiola In the top 50 Network announcers of all time? How is he even in the top 15 to begin with? Was the person or persons who did these rankings on drugs? For those who don't know what I'm talking about Yahoo posted the top 50 sports announcers & here are the rankings. Let em know what you think-> 50 greatest network announcers 1. Howard Cosell 2. John Madden 3. Brent Musburger 4. Al Michaels 5. Dick Enberg 6. Curt Gowdy 7. Keith Jackson 8. Bob Costas 9. Jim McKay 10. Pat Summerall 11. Jim Nantz 12. Dick Vitale 13. Joe Buck 14. Marv Albert 15. Frank Gifford 16. Vin Scully 17. Mike Tirico 18. Chris Berman 19. Billy Packer 20. Dan Patrick 21. Greg Gumbel 22. Tim McCarver 23. Jon Miller 24. Mel Allen 25. Joe Garagiola 26. Bryant Gumbel 27. Don Meredith 28. Joe Morgan 29. Phyllis George 30. Ray Scott 31. Terry Bradshaw 32. Jack Whitaker 33. Al McGuire 34. Dick Stockton 35. Tony Kubek 36. Chris Schenkel 37. Mike Emrick 38. James Brown 39. Hubie Brown 40. Lindsey Nelson 41. Jim Simpson 42. Verne Lundquist 43. Jim Lampley 44. Ernie Johnson 45. Don Criqui 46. Tom Hammond 47. Bud Collins 48. Ken Venturi 49. Jim Gray 50. Harry Wismer. What I found out was – I could ramble on about this list for hours. The long and short of it is this, Vin Scully is the greatest baseball play by play announcer who has yet lived. Mel Allen is a very close second, very close. Joe Buck has no business on this list. For Pete sakes his father Jack isn't even listed and he was the voice of the Cardinals for decades. A great play by play man. I remember Howard Cosell as a youngster who worked for WABC in New York at the time. He had a nation wide radio show titled, "Speaking of Sports". It was an up to date format of all the current happening throughout the world of sports. It was also a self promoting vehicle. Howard had big plans for himself and his show was the stepping stone for future endeavors. Ali and Ali alone made Cosell a household name. The only truly great announcers on this list besides Vin Scully are: Al Michaels Dick Enberg Brent Musburger Curt Gowdy Keith Jackson Jim McKay Marv Albert Jack Whitaker Chris Schenkel Ray Scott Linsey Nelson Dick Stockton As far as Joe Morgan and Billy Packer are concerned, they are both frauds. The worse kind of announcers. Both self serving and unprepared. Besides Jack Buck not being on this list the likes of the great Ernie Harwell, Harry Kalas, as well as Bob Prince are absent. What could Yahoo have been thinking? The rest of the list is filled by those who have yet to separate themselves from the pack. Maybe in years to come any might actually be able to do that. Obviously it's only someones opinion but it's a bad one nevertheless. Ain't sports great? Lol
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