The Top Five Announcer Calls of All-Time (or at least of my time)

Andrew MacDonagh

Sept 27th 2016

During the greatest moments in sports, the announcer’s call defines the moment. When that moment is captured just right, it can take the play on the field to a mystical level where sports and fantasy and dreams and reality all melt into one.

Then you get to the extra special calls, the ones that define a sport, a generation, a moment.

This brings us to: The Monolith Top Five Calls of All-Time

This list is sure to inspire some debate and maybe even argument but that’s half the fun.  These calls take the play on the field to a magical place, a place that makes us all…into sports fans.

5. DOUG GILMORE – GAME 1 – 1993 - DOUBLE O.T. VS ST LOUIS – “GILMORE!” – BOB COLE - A classic wrap around play beating Curtis Joseph to win the game for the Maple Leafs. Even the camera man can’t contain himself as the shot gets lost for a brief moment.

4. JOE CARTER – GAME SIX – 1993 WORLD SERIES “TOUCH EM ALL JOE” – TOM CHEEK – In the bottom of the ninth inning vs the Phillies, Joe Carter wins the World Series with a three-run bomb. Henderson and Molitor also score.

3. DENNIS MARTINEZ – 1991 - PERFECT GAME VS LA DODGERS – “EL PRESIDENTE EL PERFECTO” – DAVE VAN HORN - A day game in Los Angles where Martinez threw a Perfect Game vs the home team. I came home from school and watched the whole thing.

2. MARIO LEMIEUX – GAME TWO – 1991 STANLEY CUP FINALS VS NORTH STARS – “LOOK AT LEMIEUX! OH MY GOODNESS” – BOB COLE – The Pittsburg star skated through the entire Minnesota North Star team, the coaches, GM and two ushers to score vs the North Stars in the Stanley Cup finals.

1. KIRK GIBSON – GAME ONE- 1988 WORLD SERIES - “I DO NOT BELIEVE WHAT I JUST SAW!” – JACK BUCK - Kirk Gibson wins Game One of the World Series with a home run off famed starter turned closer Dennis Eckersley. This would be his only home run, hit, and plate appearance of the series due to injury.

Monolith wants to know what your favorite call is of all time.  

It could be one of the ones listed above but likely you have your own story to tell.  I notice most of all my best moments come during the same 5 year time period or so.  I think that’s because that was when I was a boy. Old enough to know what was happening but young enough to believe in the magic.  As Ken Dryden once said, “I think the golden age of sport is whenever YOU were young”. That’s when all the players and the calls and the crowds and the announcer calls were all larger than life.  Living Monoliths.

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The Monolith Broadcaster Review – TORONTO

Ruben Tedesco

Sept. 27th 2016


About a week ago Monolith sent out a call to arms.  We wanted to know who is Monolith Nation's most popular sports broadcaster.

The response has been amazing.  After sorting through thousands of replies on social media and here on the page, we think we now know!


For me, the only sport to look to when thinking of great sports broadcasting is Baseball. To consistently cover baseball takes genuine skill. Baseball exposes you.  It’s every day.  You can’t get away with having a few good stories like the heroes of the cocktail circuits.  It has to come naturally. It has to come easy. Because it has to come often.  No sport gives you the time to tell a story, the time to explain an observation. It exposes the truth from the pretenders.

For the purpose of this article I would say my vote has to go to Dan Schulman, the future Hall of Fame, part-time voice of the Toronto Blue Jays.  Schulman’s delivery is smooth and easy. Schulman’s style is classic, he is not a cheerleader, he has an even tone but has the ability to amplify important moments in the game.  That is due to his genuine love for the sport which comes across sincerely. It sounds easy for him to talk baseball because I think Baseball is his first language.  And that’s the point.  If you speak the language of baseball then he speaks to you.

You get the feeling when listening to Dan that he must be a great guy.  Which is just the feeling you want when you are with a voice for 3-4 hours that will be describing a game with more down time than up, more waiting than action. The reason you get that feeling is that no matter who is working with, no matter what the personality, whether it’s Dick Vitale or Curt Shilling or Pat Tabler or Buck Martinez, the outcome is outstanding.  He brings out the best in people. Like every great All-Star.


​1. Vin Scully (24% of the vote) Congrats and Farewell Vin!

​2. Dan Schulman (21% of the vote)

​3. Buck Martinez and Pat Tabler (17% of the vote)

4. Ernie Harwell (17% of the vote)

​5. Mel Allan (15% of the vote)


John Warnick I've never enjoyed listening to anyone more than Bob Murphy. Wasn't a homer, but certainly the voice of the Mets for so many years. Lyndsey Nelson and Ralph Kiner were both great, but it was Murphy who provided the voice of the team. I still miss him.

Michael Murphy Ernie Harwell - no one else comes close.

Jeremy Pridham Mine for baseball is Dan Shulman...For hockey its Mike Emrick...

Jason Labonte No one is better than Vin Scully.....i love how he answers his own questions and knows every players family and story on how they made it to the bigs...he's great

Bruce Ionson Tom and Jerry.... Tony Kubec was great we well when it comes to Baseball. Bill Hewit for Hockey

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