Ranking Baseball's 15 Greatest Announcers Dead or Alive

Mark MillerCorrespondent IJuly 24, 2012

Ranking Baseball's 15 Greatest Announcers Dead or Alive

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    Baseball is full of memorable moments. Whether it's a record breaking hit, a walk-off home run or a World Series victory, there are plenty of moments we just won't forget.

    It also seems that behind every great play, there's a great play-by-play call, as these iconic broadcasters can take a game from ordinary to extraordinary with the way they convey the heat of the moment.

    Here are some of the best play-by-play announcers the game has ever seen.

15. Herb Carneal

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    Working as the voice of the Minnesota Twins from 1962 through 2006, fans in the upper midwest found themselves drawn to Herb Carneal for both his deep voice and gentle nature that made everyone feel welcome.

    The "voice of the Twins" received the Ford C. Frick award from the Hall of Fame in 1996 and though he died before the ballpark opened, Target Field's press box carries his namesake.

14. Dick Enberg

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    Dick Enberg is probably best known for the all the sporting events he's covered during his time with ESPN, CBS and NBC.

    But fans in San Diego have been hearing Enberg as the voice of the San Diego Padres since 2009, working for Fox Sports San Diego.

13. Russ Hodges

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    Sixty years later, Russ Hodges' "Shot Heard 'Round The World" call is still one of the most memorable moments in baseball history, and certainly one of the most recognizable moments in sports broadcast history.

12. Curt Gowdy

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    Curt Gowdy's start in broadcasting put him on a big stage from the start, as he began announcing games for the Boston Red Sox in 1951, where he would spend his next 15 seasons.

    It was then that Gowdy became a national face of broadcasting, working for NBC Sports for a decade, where he would cover national games as well as a number of postseason series.

11. Jon Miller

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    You really can't blame Jon Miller for having some difficulty in calling Ruben Rivera's horrific base running, as he was really running around like a chicken with his head cut off.

    He really isn't too far off in calling it the worst base running of all time, either.

10. Red Barber

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    Starting off his career in 1934 in Cincinnati, Mississippi native Red Barber was quickly thrown into the spotlight when he took the airwaves for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1938.

    A 1978 recipient of the Ford C. Frick award, Barber helped coin a number of popular catch phrases that we hear all the time. He's also played a part in the career of legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully.

9. Phil Rizzuto

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    Spending nearly two generations at the microphone for Yankees games, Phil Rizzuto saw some of the game's best players take the field while he worked as a broadcaster once his playing days were over.

    His trademark "Holy Cow" is an unmistakable trait that will always be associated with his name, and having called games alongside some of the best names in the business, Rizzuto will always be in good company. 

8. Joe Garagiola

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    Joe Garagiola certainly made his rounds as a broadcaster, working as a national personality on NBC's Game of the Week for more than two decades. While he would also put in time on non-sports telecasts like "The Tonight Show" and "The Today Show", he's still best known as the former catcher that put his own unique spin on an MLB telecast.

7. Mel Allen

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    Having the fortune of broadcasting for the New York Yankees as they boasted one of baseball's best rosters in the 1950s, Mel Allen also made his mark in other avenues during his illustrious career.

    Aside from working for news outlets and on film, Allen is also well known as the voice of "This Week in Baseball".

6. Harry Kalas

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    One of the best ever to put on a Phillies jersey, Michael Jack Schmidt made history on April 18, 1987, when with legendary broadcaster Harry Kalas calling the game, he went deep for the 500th time in his career.

5. Bob Uecker

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    Bob Uecker is one of the most well-known announcers in baseball, as he gives a highly animated aspect to his Brewers broadcasts on a nightly basis.

    It's quite possible, however, that most fans outside of Milwaukee know him best for his role in Major League as the Cleveland Indians' play-by-play voice.

    "Juuuust a bit outside!"

4. Harry Caray

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    It's hard to set foot in Wrigley Field without thinking of legendary Cubs broadcaster Harry Caray, as his unique personality and fun loving demeanor were enough to win over almost any fan.

    He won the Ford C. Frick award from the Hall of Fame in 1989, and though he passed away in 1998, his memories live all throughout Cubs nation.

3. Jack Buck

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    In what was one of the best World Series of all time, the Minnesota Twins were propelled to victory in Game 6 thanks to a walk-off home run from center field star Kirby Puckett.

    Jack Buck's "And we'll see you tomorrow night" still resonates with fans all over Twins Territory.

2. Ernie Harwell

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    Having the distinction of once being traded for a player, Ernie Harwell spent 42 years as the voice of the Detroit Tigers, and though he has since passed on, Tigers fans will always remember him for everything he brought to the airwaves.

    Harwell was a recipient of the Ford C. Frick award in 1991.

1. Vin Scully

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    Vin Scully is unquestionably one of the most famous broadcasters in baseball history. His longevity has afforded us the opportunity to hear multiple generations of Dodgers greats as they made their mark on history, including Sandy Koufax's perfect game on Sept. 9, 1965.

    Having spent more than 60 seasons with the Dodgers, Scully has spent more years with one organization than any other broadcaster in any professional sport has.