Jack Buck

The baseball world lost a great broadcaster and a great manwhen Jack Buck passed away during the 2002 season. Buck spent 43 memorable years in the Cardinal's booth, and was inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame in 1987.

Born in 1924 in Holyoke, Massachusetts, and raised in Cleveland, Buck worked the freighters on Lake Erie before being drafted into the Army in 1943. Buck fought in Germany, earning the Purple Heart for a shrapnel wound that nearly took his left arm. After the war, Buck attended Ohio State University where he majored in speech and called Buckeye basketball games on WOSU. One professor evaluated his work, saying, "You better find something else to do for a living." Buck ignored him.

Buck joined the St. Louis Cardinals broadcast booth in 1954, where for 14 years he teamed with Harry Caray for what most believe to be the greatest broadcast team ever. Buck would spend the remainder of his life in the Cardinals booth where he would broadcast several World Series. His call of Kirk Gibson's 1988 World Series home run remains one of the most memorable calls in broadcasting history - "I don't believe what I just saw!"

He also called several NBA Championships, 8 Super Bowls, and was the radio voice of Monday Night Football from 1978-1996.

Jack Buck
1954-2002 St. Louis Cardinals


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