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Hello, friends! : stories from my life and Blue Jays baseball / Jerry Howarth.
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9781770414983
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Toronto, Ontario : ECW Press, [2019]

©2019
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xxiv, 331 pages, [16] unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 22 cm
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"An honest memoir about life, family, and baseball from the longtime, legendary Toronto Blue Jays radio broadcaster For 36 years, Jerry Howarth ushered in eternal hope each spring and thrived in the drive of each fall as the voice of the Toronto Blue Jays. In 1982, the lifelong avid sports fan joined Tom Cheek as full-time play-by-play radio announcer for the Blue Jays, and for the next 23 years, "Tom and Jerry" were the voices of the franchise. Jerry became part of the fabric of a nation and a team, covering historic moments like the rise of the Blue Jays through the 1980s that culminated in back-to-back World Series Championships in 1992 and 1993. His Hall of Fame-worthy broadcasting career has been nothing short of legendary. When Jerry retired in February 2018, the tributes poured in and made one thing perfectly clear: Toronto baseball would never be the same. Howarth brings together thoughts on life, family, work, and baseball. Featuring stories about everyone from Dave Stieb, Jack Morris, Duane Ward, Roberto Alomar, and Joe Carter to John Gibbons, Edwin Encarnacion, Josh Donaldson, and the late Roy Halladay, Hello, Friends! is a must-read for sports fans everywhere."-- Provided by publisher.
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Summary

An honest memoir about life, family, and baseball from the longtime, legendary Toronto Blue Jays radio broadcaster

For 36 years, Jerry Howarth ushered in eternal hope each spring and thrived in the drive of each fall as the voice of the Toronto Blue Jays. In 1982, the lifelong avid sports fan joined Tom Cheek as full-time play-by-play radio announcer for the Blue Jays, and for the next 23 years, "Tom and Jerry" were the voices of the franchise. Jerry became part of the fabric of a nation and a team, covering historic moments like the rise of the Blue Jays through the 1980s that culminated in back-to-back World Series Championships in 1992 and 1993. His Hall of Fame-worthy broadcasting career has been nothing short of legendary. When Jerry retired in February 2018, the tributes poured in and made one thing perfectly clear: Toronto baseball would never be the same.

Howarth brings together thoughts on life, family, work, and baseball. Featuring stories about everyone from Dave Stieb, Jack Morris, Duane Ward, Roberto Alomar, and Joe Carter to John Gibbons, Edwin Encarnacion, Josh Donaldson, and the late Roy Halladay, Hello, Friends! is a must-read for sports fans everywhere.


Author Notes

Born in York, Pennsylvania, and raised in San Francisco, California, Jerry Howarth became a Canadian citizen in 1994. He currently lives in Toronto with his wife, Mary.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Howarth, who was the play-by-play radio announcer for the Toronto Blue Jays from 1982 until 2018, waxes nostalgic on professional baseball and his career in sports broadcasting. Howarth explains that he learned his skills as a broadcaster calling Seattle's Triple-A baseball games: "It taught me to ad lib; think on the fly; make adjustments." He also shows the personal touch that was the hallmark of his Toronto years-his "painting the pictures" of the games began when the blind organist of a farm club team asked to sit next to him as he called the game. Throughout, he offers play-by-play descriptions of various Blue Jays games, especially those leading up to the team's 1992 World Series Championship. His best moments come in his profiles of the players who were the core of the Blue Jays' 1993 championship, particularly future Hall of Famers Paul Molitor, Roberto Alomar, Jack Morris, and Rickey Henderson. He recalls "the most electrifying moment for Rickey and his Blue Jays teammates," when, in the dugout, Henderson energized them during game six of the 1993 World Series by insisting that his team would win. Howarth's book will entertain baseball aficionados and especially delight Blue Jays fans. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Excerpts

Excerpts

The Bat Flip October 14, 2015, will always be remembered for the bat flip and a cherished moment in my Blue Jays career at the microphone. Yes, that was the day that Jose Bautista in the 7th inning of the final and deciding game of the ALDS against Texas finished off one of the most famous and bizarre playoff innings in major league history. An inning that took a phenomenal 53 minutes to play. Texas had taken the lead in the top of the inning on a throw back to the mound by catcher Russ Martin that hit the bat of Shin-Soo Choo in the batters' box. Roughed Odor was allowed to score from third base after the ball was initially ruled a dead ball. Texas took a 3-2 lead. The crowd went berserk. In the bottom of the inning three softly hit ground balls amazingly led to three straight Texas errors loading the bases. It reminded me of the old adage in baseball: "There's no such thing as a routine ground ball." With the infield drawn in, a little pop up out behind second base resulted in a force out at second as a run scored to tie the game 3-3 leaving runners at the corners. Up stepped Jose Bautista off right-handed reliever Sam Dyson. On the 1-1 pitch Bautista hit the biggest home run of his career. As the ball sailed toward deep left centre field I simply said: "Yes! (pause) Sir! (pause) THERE! (pause) SHE! (pause) GOES!" The thunderous applause filled our crowd mic for a full 40 seconds. Bautista paused for a moment as he watched the ball fly over the wall. As the crowd erupted, Bautista then tossed his bat high over his shoulder toward the Rangers first base dugout. His famous - or infamous depending on which side you came down on - bat flip was the exclamation point. People have asked me many times since, how I felt about Jose's bat-flip. I tell them I feel exactly the same way former Blue Jays pitcher and later Arizona Diamondbacks General Manager Dave Stewart felt about it: "In today's game, what Jose Bautista did, that's acceptable. I've got to tell you, there's no better professional than he is. There's no better guy and no better teammate than he is. So I don't think it was to show up the other side. I don't believe that. I just think that's how they play today, and displays of emotion when you do something great - especially on that platform in that moment - that's just today's game." The season would end on a Friday night October 23 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City with a heart-breaking 4-3 loss in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series. In that game Bautista hit two home runs and drove in all three runs. His two-run home run in the top of the 8th inning dramatically tied the game 3-3 only to see the Royals score a run in the bottom of the 8th and then hold on to win it in the 9th as the Blue Jays left runners at 2nd and 3rd. Excerpted from Hello, Friends!: Stories from My Life and Blue Jays Baseball by Jerry Howarth All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Paul BeestonDrew Dudley
Forewordp. ix
Introductionp. xiii
Prefacep. xxi
1 Thrill of a Lifetimep. 1
2 Developing an Interior Lifep. 8
3 Two Life-Changing Momentsp. 18
4 Handling Disappointmentp. 26
5 Starting My Broadcasting Careerp. 32
6 A Glimpse into the Futurep. 39
7 Time to Pinch Myselfp. 53
8 The Major Leaguesp. 61
9 Doing What I Love to Dop. 82
10 Offseason to Rememberp. 89
11 Veterans and Rookies Alikep. 93
12 Key Momentp. 99
13 Watch Out, American Leaguep. 106
14 Changing of the Guardp. 124
15 Continuing to Refinep. 134
16 Special Year for Allp. 138
17 Reaching the Promised Landp. 144
18 How Sweet It Is (Again)p. 182
19 Finishing the Decadep. 202
20 Trying to Kick-Start the Enginep. 230
21 Moving in the Right Directionp. 254
22 Memorable Momentsp. 268
23 Breaking the Postseason Barrierp. 287
24 Quite a Ridep. 306
Afterwordp. 317
Postscriptp. 323
Acknowledgementsp. 325