ST. LOUIS -- Generations of baseball fans grew up listening to Jack Buck on the radio and TV describe legendary moments in Cardinals and baseball history. On Monday, fans can relive some of those calls in an all-day Jack Buck marathon on MLB Network.
The day will feature several games the Hall of Famer called, leading into the debut of the next edition of MLB Network’s “The Sounds of Baseball” series.
“The Sounds of Baseball” is co-hosted by MLB Network’s Bob Costas and Tom Verducci. Each episode focuses on one baseball broadcaster, with Buck’s episode airing at 6 p.m. CT on Monday. The one-hour program will reair at 10:30 p.m. CT. The first episode of this series aired earlier this month and featured Vin Scully.
Preceding the airing of “The Sounds of Baseball,” MLB Network will rebroadcast four games that feature Buck in the booth (all times CT):
5:30 a.m.: Joe Oliver’s walk-off single for the Reds in Game 2 of the 1990 World Series
7:30 a.m.: Game 3 of the 1991 World Series between the Twins and the Braves
10:30 a.m.: Kirby Puckett’s walk-off home run in Game 6 of the 1991 World Series
2 p.m.: Ozzie Smith’s walk-off home run in Game 5 of the 1985 National League Championship Series
“The Sounds of Baseball” program includes famous Buck calls, like that Smith walk-off in the NLCS -- “Go crazy, folks!” -- and Bob Gibson’s no-hitter against the Pirates in 1971. Buck also called multiple record-setting milestones of Lou Brock’s career (his single-season stolen base record, his career stolen base record and his 3,000th hit) -- and they all will be highlighted in the program.
Buck’s lesser-known calls will be featured, too, including home runs of Stan Musial, and of the Dodgers’ Kirk Gibson that won Game 1 of the 1988 World Series. Buck’s Ford C. Frick Award speech and poignant moments from his son Joe Buck’s Busch Stadium tribute following Jack’s passing in 2002 will also be part of the program.
Costas and Verducci will also share anecdotes, personal stories and their thoughts on the impact Buck had on the game and generations of fans.