Broadcasters reveal their all-time favorite sports calls

There are certain calls that stick with sports fans forever. But which calls made by play-by-play broadcasters stick with other play-by-play broadcasters?

Sports Illustrated reached out to several play-by-play callers to ask them, simply: What is your all-time favorite sports call (not your own) and why?

What made the answers special was the detail given by the participants and the obvious respect they have for the craft of doing play-by play.

Here are the responses.


Lest anyone think I couldn’t come up with one: Vin Scully on Kirk Gibson’s home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series. After Vinny called it, he waited a full minute to watch Gibson round the bases and get swarmed by his teammates and then said, “In a year that has been so improbable, the impossible has happened.” Perfect timing, perfect description, perfect coda. Doesn’t get any better than that.

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