Buck Canel

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Eloy "Buck" Canel (March 4, 1906 – April 7, 1980) was an American Spanish language sportscaster of Major League Baseball games. Canel was born in Argentina when his father was working for the Spanish consulate in that country.

Pancho Pepe Cróquer and Buck Canel at Yankee Stadium

Canel achieved international renown and became a household name in Latino communities when he joined in the late 1940s the Gillette Cavalcade of Sports. By then, the Cavalcade was aired through NBC Red Network and extended their Spanish programming activities to Latin American countries, where it was known as La Cabalgata Deportiva Gillette. On there Canel shared duties with Spanish-language broadcasters such as Pancho Pepe Cróquer, Omar Lares, and Felo Ramírez. During the opening presentation, Canel habitually introduced Cróquer as La Voz Deportiva de América.

Canel announced the New York Mets and New York Yankees games in Spanish during the 1970s over radio station WHOM, which was then a Spanish radio station in New York City. The feeds were occasionally broadcast to Latin American radio stations.[1]

He won the 1985 Ford C. Frick Award by the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. He began his career in journalism. He died in 1980 in Croton-on-Hudson, New York.

The call letters of WHOM are now used for an easy listening station in Portland, Maine.


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