One name invariably comes up every January, when big-league Baseball reveals the selections for its Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. it’s neither Pete Rose nor Barry Bonds nor Roger Clemens nor the other player with controversial issues which have thus far outweighed their statistical accomplishments.
Jim Deshaies, a reliable pitcher for the Astros during his career, made baseball history in his first year of eligibility for the Hall of Fame by getting only one vote. That he even received that single nod is quite remarkable for a man who was just the fourth arm within the Houston rotation, and it’s led to humorous references each winter.
Most of the humor is provided by Deshaies himself, who has since become a well-loved broadcaster in Houston and now Chicago. Although he had a way better career Deshaies has quite become the Bob Uecker of his generation, therein he has earned more respect within the broadcast booth than he did on the playing field.
Here are ten other names who have followed in Uecker’s footsteps, moving from average careers as players to superstardom as announcers.
Winning a Gold Glove and enjoying a thirteen-year career are certainly worthy accomplishments, but Manning made a good bigger impression covering games for the Cleveland team with whom he spent most of his career.
He spent the Seventies backing up Carlton Fisk behind the plate in Boston, and he spent the Eighties behind the mike calling Red Sox games.
After hitting.250 during a fourteen-year career mostly spent in Houston, the versatile infielder became a well-liked voice calling games for the Astros.
Seattle was the team that he flexed most of his power during his playing days, but he has been a good bigger hit as an announcer for the Mariners.
His one career home run during a twelve-year career came off of Steve Stone who, ironically, went on to become as popular a broadcaster in Chicago as Kuiper is in San Francisco.
A backup catcher for seventeen years, Toronto’s broadcaster has now been within the booth nearly twice that long doing Blue Jays games.
Texas hired the lefthander to deliver commentary after he had spent ten years as a reliever for eight different clubs.
A well-respected utility man for fourteen years, he has certainly become daily when Arizona games are on the air.
Colorado wasn’t among the seven teams he played for during a twelve-year stint, but the infielder has certainly made himself reception as a voice of the Rockies.
As the regular third sacker, Shannon helped lead the Cardinals to 3 pennants within the Sixties, but he has seen even quite three since he began announcing St. Louis games.