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Dick Stockton is ending a memorable 55-year-old announcing career

Carlton Fisk retired from baseball in 1993, but the host, who called his famous World Series home run, simply declared his own.

Dick Stockton is leaving after a 55-year career that included jobs with Fox, CBS and NBC. He has quit his job in recent years, playing only NFL games for Fox, and said in a telephone interview on Friday that he was thinking about retiring last year.

“It is an instinctive feeling that you have done what you have achieved,” he said. “I did not think I wanted to keep doing it, ignore age, say, ‘Look, I want to keep going, I want to show I could do it.’ That is not the point. I decided it was time to do it. ”

Stockton, 78, has aired at least 1,545 games on network television, but what stands out is Fisk’s dramatic game, which he won in the 12th start of Game 6 of the 1975 World Series against Red Botton 7. 6 wins over incinati Reds.

“It goes a long way there, if it stays fair … home run.”

As Fisk surrounded the grounds, Stockton was silent for 41 seconds while the pictures and the sound of the ball reigned, including Fenway Park organist John on Kyle playing Handel’s Hallelujah Choir.

“When there are great moments in sports, no one says ‘it will be one of the greatest moments or calls.’ And it only happens over time, “said Stockton.

Stockton had to make a quick call because the ball was a line drive էր it was a dirty mistake to land on the left field. If it was a high shot, Stockton might have had a few seconds to make the decision, but he did not have that luxury.

“If I had said something wrong, I would have been in deep trouble,” he said. “And as I told people, if I said the ball was wrong, it’s a home run, I wouldn’t talk to you now. And if I said the ball was a home run, it was wrong, it would be the same. “

Stockton, who ran the Red Sox Games from 1975-78, rang because NBC had team presenters in part of its booth (the practice would end after the 1976 Fall Classic). Stockton called the first 4 1/2 innings before Garagiola took over. As the game progressed to extra time, both were substituted when Stockton called the 10th և 12th.

“At least on TV, nothing can match the pictures and sounds of the field. And so the home run is replayed, that bears it, ”Stockton said. “When you think about it, it’s the same as Kirk Gibson’s home run (for the 1988 Los Angeles Dodgers World Series). These are things that remain indelible in people’s minds. “

During his career, Stockton almost always called sports, including the 1992 S 94 CBS Winter Olympics. For nine seasons, he was the voice of the NBA’s leading net, leading the league to boost the league’s prestige. When Stockton began playing NBA games on CBS, the playoffs, including the finals, continued to air with a tape delay following local news.

Only arrived Ulius Irving, Larry Bird և Magic John Onson arrived, the league really began to grow in popularity, including all the finals that have been broadcast live since 1983.

Stockton has drawn three NBA Finals to match the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers. He had the son of Michael Jordan in 1989. In the first round of the playoffs, when the Bulls beat the Cleveland Cavaliers.

“It simply came to our notice then. “I thought it was a great basketball era, and then Michael’s son ներ the Wolves came in,” he said.

Stockton joined Fox in 1994 when he won the NFL’s broadcasting rights. He called 714 games, with only Al Michaels calling more. During his time at Fox, Stockton was credited with teaching assistant analysts Troy Aikman, Daryl John Onston, Charles Davis, Matt Millen, John on Lynch, and Pam Oliver. He also called for six international Super Bowls NFL broadcasts.

Stockton was also part of Fox’s NHL և MLB coverage. He also played 19 seasons (1995-2013) in the NBA for Turner, working with Reggie Miller and Chris Weber. The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame awarded Stockton the Curt Gowdy Electronic Media Award in 2001.

As for his retirement plans, Stockton said he intends to continue playing golf, as he did in the fall, traveling for the first time in almost 50 years.

“People have been asking me since the day he came out, ‘Is it okay to become one?’ Absolutely not, I knew what I wanted to do, it would not change anything, “he said.

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