Blaine Walsh

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Blaine Luke Walsh (April 17, 1925 – September 5, 1985) was an American sportscaster, best known as the announcer for the Milwaukee Braves baseball team in the National League from 1953 to 1961.[1]

Walsh was born April 17, 1925, in Oconto, Wisconsin.[2] He was described as "a big, funloving guy with a booming bass voice that was tailor-made for radio... He teamed with Earl Gillespie to give Milwaukee a radio broadcasting team that ranked with the best ever."[1] He also worked with Gillespie at Green Bay, broadcasting Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers football games, and hosted a weekly program with legendary Packers coach Vince Lombardi.[3]

After Walsh was forced out as WTMJ announcer in 1961, he stayed with the Braves as a television announcer, then returned to WTMJ as their radio announcer in 1964. Bud Selig commented on Walsh, "When we were struggling to bring baseball back to Milwaukee after the Braves went to Atlanta, there wasn't anything in the world he wouldn't do for us. You couldn't meet a finer man."[1]

Blaine Walsh's grandson, Dave Garner, is sports director for ETC3 television in Ellijay, Georgia.[3] His father was Samuel P. Walsh who served in the Wisconsin State Assembly. Walsh served in the United States Army in Europe during World War II.[4] Walsh died September 5, 1985, in Sandy Springs, Georgia.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Walsh's voice lives in memory, September 12, 1985, article by Bob Wolf in the Milwaukee Journal, accessed 2013-05-19
  2. ^ Social Security Death Index
  3. ^ a b Your ETC3 Team | Dave Garner Archived August 29, 2013, at the Wayback Machine., accessed 2013-05-19
  4. ^ Blaine Walsh Dies; Was Voice of Milwaukee Braves, September 6, 1985, article in the Milwaukee Sentinel, Part 1, pg. 9, accessed 2013-05-24