From Mike Dyer at the Cincinnati Enquirer on May 13, 2012, with quotes from SABR member Greg Rhodes:
Betty Hoyt’s memories of her late husband are as sharp as a two-strike fastball whistling straight down the middle of the plate.
Her reflections on Hall of Fame pitcher and former Reds broadcaster Waite Hoyt, who began calling Reds games 70 years ago at Crosley Field, are a reminder of a different era.
Even at 86 years old, Betty leaves you buckling at the knees with her stories and anecdotes about Waite. But the memories of her favorite subject also make you dig in the batter’s box for more.
While the memory of Crosley Field celebrates 100 years this season, this spring is another occasion to commemorate Waite calling Reds games on the radio which he did from 1942-65.
Waite’s first official game with the Reds was on Opening Day at Crosley Field on April 14, 1942, according to Reds team historian Greg Rhodes.
“For those of us who grew up with the Reds in the 40s, 50s and 60s, I don’t think you can separate a Reds fan from listening to Waite,” said Rhodes, the Reds historian since 2004 and the first director of the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum. “…Waite was just a very compelling announcer,” Rhodes said. “A great voice for radio – a great storyteller.”
Read the full article here: http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20120512/SPT04/305120067/Waite-Hoyt-Hall-Famer-doting-husband
Related link: Hoyt was ace of arguably greatest team ever (Cincinnati.com)
Originally published: May 13, 2012. Last Updated: May 13, 2012.