The Obit For By Saam

Byrum 'By' Saam Is Dead
Hall Of Fame Broadcaster For Athletics and Phillies

Date: 1/17/00 12:13:21 AM PST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- By Saam, inducted into the broadcasters' wing of the baseball Hall of Fame after calling more than 8,000 games for the Philadelphia Phillies and Athletics, died Sunday after a stroke. He was 85.
    During his 38 years in Philadelphia, he described 13 no-hitters, including Jim Bunning's perfect game against the New York Mets in 1964, and Ted Williams' final two games of 1941, when he batted over .400.
    Saam also broadcast University of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Eagles football games, college and professional basketball, and Ramblers hockey games.
    Byrum F. Saam began his Philadelphia broadcasting in 1937, covering football games for Temple and Villanova. The next year, he started announcing Phillies and Athletics home games.
    Broadcasters did not travel at the time, so he was able to announce for both teams until the late 1940s, when Phillies owner Bob Carpenter wanted to announce the road games too, meaning the city's two teams would have separate announcers. Out of loyalty to Athletics owner Connie Mack, Saam became the A's home and road announcer in 1950, and remained with the team until 1954, when the team left town. He was the Phillies' announcer for the 1955 through 1975 seasons, after which he retired.   
    In 1990, Saam was honored with the Ford C. Frick Award from the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.