The Obit For Chuck Thompson
|O's Announcer, Chuck Thompson,
2005 2:58 pm US/Eastern
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Hall of Fame broadcaster Chuck Thompson, whose deep
voice and enthusiasm for the job entertained Baltimore sports fans for
more than 50 years, has died. He was 83.
Thompson died this morning at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center in
Towson. His family says he suffered a massive stroke yesterday.
Thompson called Baltimore Orioles games for the better part of five
decades and served 30 years as the play-by-play announcer of the Baltimore
Orioles owner Peter Angelos says Thompson was -- quote -- "as much
a part of the fabric and history of Orioles baseball as the players
on the field."
Thompson took pride in his professional approach to the job but never
apologized for an obvious bias toward the home team.
When the Orioles got a clutch home run or the Colts scored a pivotal
touchdown, Thompson would often exclaim on the air, "Ain't the
Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken calls Thompson "a broadcasting legend."
And former Colts coach Don Shula says that although Thompson was a Colts
fan, he always tried to be objective.