Jerry Doggett

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Jerry Doggett
Born
Jerome Howard Doggett

(1916-09-14)September 14, 1916
DiedJuly 7, 1997(1997-07-07) (aged 80)
Alma materNorthwestern University
OccupationSports commentator
Years active1941–1987
Spouse(s)
Jodie Attaway
(m. 1940)
Children1
Sports commentary career
Genre(s)Play-by-play
SportsBaseball, football, basketball, golf

Jerome Howard Doggett (September 14, 1916 – July 7, 1997) was an American sportscaster who called games for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball from 1956 to 1987.

Early days

Doggett was born in Moberly, Missouri and began his announcing career at KFRO in Longview, Texas. In 1941, he moved to WRR before it became an FM station in Dallas to begin a 15-year career as the play-by-play baseball announcer for the Dallas Rebels of the Texas League. He also called major-league games for the Liberty Broadcasting System as well as Southern Methodist University basketball and Southwest Conference college football through the 1940s and early '50s. In the 1960s he called games for the Los Angeles Blades of the Western Hockey League. Nationally, he announced the 1959 Ryder Cup and 1960–61 NBA basketball games on NBC television, and the first 1961 MLB All-Star Game on NBC Radio.[1]

With the Dodgers

In 1956, Walter O'Malley wrote a letter to another radio owner about Doggett's qualifications before hiring him for the Dodgers.[2] During his 32-year career with the Dodgers, Doggett played second banana to Vin Scully, who had been broadcasting Dodgers games since 1950. The two men were also joined by Ross Porter from 1977–87.

Death

Doggett died of natural causes at his home in Morgan Hill, California, at the age of 80.[3]

Legacy

Doggett was named number 88 broadcaster in The Voices of Summer by Curt Smith,[4] and was on the ballot for the 2007 Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellence.[5]

Doggett appears in the Batman episodes "A Death Worse Than Fate" (as The Announcer), and "The Clock King's Crazy Crimes" (as Fred Forbes). He also can be heard calling a Dodgers game in the Quincy, M.E. episode "Go Fight City Hall…to the Death".

The character of John Doggett on the television series The X-Files was named in homage of Jerry Doggett. The show's creator, Chris Carter, is a Dodgers fan and had previously named the show's Dana Scully character for Vin Scully.[6]

References

  1. ^ "Jerry Doggett, Sports Announcer, 80". The New York Times. Associated Press. July 12, 1997.
  2. ^ "This Month in Walter O'Malley History". April 6, 1956. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved February 8, 2007.
  3. ^ Stewart, Larry (July 9, 1997). "Doggett Dies of Natural Causes". Los Angeles Times.
  4. ^ "Vin Scully named top baseball broadcaster of all time". Los Angeles Dodgers. March 13, 2005.
  5. ^ Gurnick, Ken (November 1, 2006). "Ten Dodgers voices on Frick ballot". MLB.com.
  6. ^ "Blotter". Sports Illustrated. August 14, 2000. ISSN 0038-822X. Archived from the original on March 16, 2013. Retrieved April 11, 2017.{{cite magazine}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)

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