About the Book
Back in 2011, I met a friend who inspired me to write a book.
His name was Zach Hamm and he was the nine-year-old tournament director of the “Don’t Sweat It Golf Classic.” The name came from Zach’s birth disorder, ectodermal dysplasias, which prevented Zach from being able to perspire.
I wanted to do something to help Zach, so I wrote my first book, about my life and career as a baseball broadcaster. Proceeds from that book benefited the foundation seeking to find a cure for Zach’s ailment.
With my literary appetite whetted, I wrote subsequent books about Houston Astro Jose Altuve and the Astros 2017 World Series championship team.
My purpose in writing this book is to give you an accurate picture of the sports broadcasting profession, whether you’re a sports fan who is curious or an aspiring sportscaster.
Many teachers and broadcasting professionals unselfishly gave strong assistance to me in my 50 years in the business. It’s impossible to repay them for their devotion to the profession, but it’s possible to help the next generation. Hopefully this book will serve that purpose.
To those who have allowed us in your homes via radio and television, we thank you for your hospitality and your kindness through the years. The thrill of being a sportscaster has lived up to all expectations for me. But only because of a strong family who understood what the job required, and many relatively unknown men and women. Thanks to the statisticians, spotters, media relations people, players, coaches and managers who took time to help along the way.
Most of the book, except for a few personal stories I’ve included along the way, are told by my peers in the business. These storytellers of today will take you on their own journeys into the business. You’ll learn of their passion for their craft, pursuit of education and experience, and how they found their places in a broadcast booth. Their lives are fascinating. The lengths to which they have gone to put themselves in a position to be broadcasters will leave you in appreciation for their efforts and what it will take for you to follow in their footsteps.