Kaplan: Lindsey Nelson, the original Mets voice

From Dave Kaplan at The National Pastime Museum on March 28, 2018:

Casey Stengel was the craggy and funny face of the early New York Mets, a ghost of New York baseball glory reincarnated as the spirit of those lovable losers.

The famous voice of those Mets teams was something of a prominent peculiarity himself.

Lindsey Nelson was a genial gent with a slight Tennessee twang who wore colorful crazy-quilt sports jackets, one more hideous than the other. His sartorial signature left such a vivid impression that renowned NBA sideline reporter Craig Sager and Hank Azaria’s baseball-announcer character in the IFC series “Brockmire” wore similarly garish jackets as a tribute.

Along with his beloved partners in the Mets’ booth, Bob Murphy and Ralph Kiner, Nelson would become the lead voice of the longest-running three-man broadcast team in baseball history.

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Originally published: March 29, 2018. Last Updated: March 29, 2018.