Leo Egan

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Leo Egan (April 19, 1914- July 10, 2000)[1] was an American sportscaster and news announcer.

A native of Buffalo, New York, Egan replaced Ted Husing as the announcer for Harvard football games after Husing was banned for referring to Harvard quarterback Barry Wood as putrid.[2] From 1946 to 1973, Egan worked for WBZ and WHDH radio, where he called Boston Red Sox, Boston Braves, and Boston Bruins games.[3] Egan was the first baseball announcer to call a game live from an opposing team's ballpark; calling a Red Sox game from Cleveland Municipal Stadium in 1948.[2] At WHDH, he spent years covering the morning drive-time news shift and playing the straight man to Jess Cain.[3] On November 22, 1963 Egan broke into air time to announce that President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated.[4] In 1970, Egan briefly returned to the Red Sox booth when regular announcers Ken Coleman, Ned Martin, and Johnny Pesky refused to cross the picket line of WHDH-TV's electrical workers.[5]

Egan's final program at WHDH was Voice of Sports, a daily sports talk show.[3] When the station came under new ownership, the program was canceled due to low ratings and Egan was fired. He then served as vice president and part owner of the Boston Astros of the American Soccer League.[6] After his retirement, Egan lived in Duxbury, Massachusetts and Kingston, Massachusetts. He was a part-time dispatcher for the Duxbury Fire Department and covered high school sports and wrote a column for the Duxbury Clipper.[3]

Egan died on July 10, 2000 at Jordan Hospital in Plymouth, Massachusetts.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ LEO EGAN (1914-2000), Social Security Death Index
  2. ^ a b Ted Patterson (2004). The Golden Voices of Football. Sports Publishing LLC. ISBN 978-1-58261-744-2. ISBN 1-58261-744-9. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Long, Tom (July 12, 2000). "Leo Egan Sr., `Voice of Sports' in Boston For 30 Years; At 86". Boston Globe. 
  4. ^ McMillan, Gary (November 22, 1983). "Nov. 22, 1963 - In Boston". The Boston Globe. 
  5. ^ "WHDH picket line honored". The Boston Globe. May 17, 1970. 
  6. ^ Fitzgerald, Leo (March 5, 1974). "Leo Egan 'fesses up". The Boston Globe.