Phil Rizzuto – broadcaster extraordinaire

Rizzuto_phil_3#10 Phil Rizzuto, Hall of Fame Yankee shortstop on this day – August 25 – 50 years ago was granted an unconditional release to make room on the team for another Hall of Famer, Enos "Country" Slaughter.

The 39-year old (or thereabouts) "Scooter" Rizzuto retired and, starting with the 1957 season, began another career in baseball, this time as one of the most recognizable broadcasters in baseball. Rizzuto spent nearly 40 seasons with the Yankees, popularizing the phrase "Holy Cow" whenever a spectacular play occured.

Phil Rizzuto exemplifies what students will learn when they participate (in either a videoconference or an on-site visit) in our thematic unit addressing the Communication Arts entitled "Going, Going, Gone!" Believe it or not, kids, there wasn’t always an or ESPNews. Once upon a time, if you wanted to learn about how your team performed you would have to read the newspaper and listen to the broadcasts over the radio.

The first game broadcast over the radio was a Pittsburgh Pirates game broadcast on Pittsburgh radio station KDKA. Legendary broadcasters have been awarded the Ford C. Frick Award for Broadcasting Excellence since 1978. But there was a time when even the broadcasters wouldn’t be at the game! A telegraph operator would transmit information back to a radio studio where broadcasters and engineers would then recreate the game complete with crowd noise and sound effects. This creativity led to the addition of many new fans of baseball, of the teams in their area, and a special connection with their hometown broadcaster.


Rizzuto was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1994 as a player, and who could blame the BBWAA or electing him after recording five All-Star nominations, and winning the 1950 AL MVP award? Phil also made television history as the first mystery guest on the February 2, 1950 showing of "What’s My Line?"

When your students experience Going Going Gone you get to re-create (complete with your own sound effects) the broadcast of Hank Aaron’s 715th homerun and learn how the art of communication has evolved over the years in an interactive, hands-on experience.

Call us at 607.547.0347 or e-mail us today to set up your Hall of Fame educational experience!

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