January 24, 2012 |
Former broadcaster Andy Musser, 74, who called Mike Schmidt's division-clinching homer for the Phillies in 1980, died Sunday at his home in Wynnewood, his family said. The cause of death was not given. At one time or another, Mr. Musser did play-by-play for every major sports team in Philadelphia except the Flyers. The native of Lemoyne, Pa., broadcast Phillies games for 26 years. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to Andy's family," Phillies president David Montgomery said in a statement.
December 6, 2012
ABOUT THIS time of year, Andy Musser and I would catch up with each other for a glass of Anchor Our Special Ale , the San Francisco brewery's Christmas beer. With the recipe for the dark beer famously changing every year - a different spice or grain - he and I would spend an hour or so trying to guess the secret ingredients. Nutmeg, I'd say. Spruce, he'd reply. Andy had retired from the Phillies broadcast booth in 2001 after 26 years as a play-by-play announcer. Years earlier, on an off-day when the Phils were visiting the Giants, he had met Anchor Brewing founder Fritz Maytag.
November 2, 2006 |
Centerfielder Aaron Rowand likely will be running into walls and sacrificing his body with the Phillies next season, even though he and the club declined their options for 2007 yesterday. All that means is that Rowand is eligible for salary arbitration. Rowand, who remains under the Phillies' control, declined a $3.25 million player option, feeling secure that he is worth more. The Phillies declined their $5 million club option, figuring he is worth less. It's a risk for both sides, but a much smaller one for Rowand.
March 8, 1995 |
The Phillies are scheduled to play the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Sunday, July 30. "The thing that ticks me off," kidded broadcaster Andy Musser, "is that he's probably going to want the day off. " Actually, WGMP (1210-AM) and WPHL (Channel 17) might have to import a whole new crew to work that day. Rich Ashburn, of course, will be inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame that day after yesterday's election by the Veterans Committee. And you just know that his partners - Musser, Harry Kalas and Chris Wheeler - are going to want to be there to share the moment with him and also to watch Mike Schmidt's formal installation among the immortals.
March 30, 1998 |
During the last several years, Larry Andersen has been comfortable pitching on the mound, teaching prospects in the Phillies' farm system, or even cutting up in the clubhouse. Now, he intends to make himself at home in your living room. When the Phillies begin the 1998 season, Andersen will start his broadcasting career as an analyst on both television and radio, and all he wants you to do is save him a seat at your place. That's the kind of guy Andersen is: personable, approachable, and very much one of you. In that way, he's a lot like the man he's replacing, Richie Ashburn, who died in September.
July 28, 2000 |
None of the 55,352 knew it, but it began so embarrassingly for one Harry Kalas Jr. in Philadelphia on April 10, 1971. It was the day that Bill Giles had dreamed about since the first shovel broke ground at Broad Street and Pattison Avenue in October 1967. The long-awaited $49.5 million jewel of South Philly, Veterans Stadium, was being unwrapped to the approval of a capacity crowd. Everything was perfect except the weather, which was windy and cold, typically Philly for early April.
August 17, 1994 |
Chris Wheeler was playing golf when he suddenly stopped. "I asked myself, 'What am I doing here?' " Wheeler said. "It's Sunday morning: I'm not allowed to be here. " Wheeler, one of the primary Phillies announcers idled by the baseball strike now in its sixth day, said that, until now, he hadn't had a summer weekend off since 1981, when the last strike shut down baseball. "It's a weird feeling," he said. "I hate it. " The other members of the Phillies Four - Harry Kalas, Rich Ashburn and Andy Musser - all are, as Ashburn put it, "hanging around to see what happens.
October 18, 1993 |
It's kind of hard to "dis" CBS's World Series broadcast team, what with Sean McDonough being a pro and Tim McCarver being a pro, plus a former Phillie and an area resident to boot. Still, if you had your druthers, wouldn't you prefer to hear the play-by- play action and the insights from the Phillies' regular broadcast team, the guys who have lived and died with this motley crew since Day One in Clearwater? It can be done. You can always turn down the TV and turn up the radio, WOGL-AM (1210)
September 6, 2013 |
THE EAGLES' NFL championship victory over Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers in 1960 . . . Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point NBA game in '62 . . . Phillies, plus college football and basketball . . . Bill Campbell called all these events on radio or television. "Bill Campbell is the greatest all-around broadcaster in Philadelphia history," longtime Eagles radio voice Merrill Reese said. Campbell and the late Andy Musser are the only sportscasters who've done play-by-play for the Eagles, Phillies and Sixers.
September 12, 1997 |
Clouds nearly covered Veterans Stadium. The players for both teams filled their dugouts, many leaning over the top step. The fans in the stands, in their seats early, were asked to look up to the Phillies radio booth, just to the third-base side of home plate, where a plaque recently had been hung next to the door. The plaque reads: Rich "Whitey" Ashburn Broadcast Booth. "This game's easy, Harry. " The players and fans saw Harry Kalas, Andy Musser and Chris Wheeler standing where they spent all those days and nights with their friend, Rich Ashburn, gone since Tuesday morning.