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Red Barber

Red BarberAKA Walter Lanier Barber

Born: 17-Feb-1908
Birthplace: Columbus, MS
Died: 22-Oct-1992
Location of death: Tallahassee, FL
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Cremated (ashes scattered at his Tallahassee estate)

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Sports Journalist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: The Voice of the Dodgers

At Ebbets Field on 26 August 1939, Barber was the announcer for the first televised baseball game in history, a Reds vs. Dodgers double header. He broadcast for the Reds 1934-38, switching to the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1939-53, where he became known as "The Voice of the Dodgers, an honor later held by Vin Scully. He became broadcaster for the New York Yankees in 1954 but was released from his duties in 1966 when he made the faux pas of informing listeners the true crowd size in the stadium: 413.

Wife: Lila (m. 28-Mar-1941)

    Order of DeMolay Seminole, FL 1925
    Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame
    Ford C. Frick Award 1978 (with Mel Allen)
    Radio Hall of Fame 1995
    Polk Award Career Award 1984

    Baseball (18-Sep-1994) · Himself

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