A Celebration of Fenway Park's Centennial Told Through Red Sox Radio and TV
Mercy! is three history books in one, covering Fenway, the Red Sox, and their Voices on the air. Announcers have become as much a part of Red Sox lore as the park has. Fred Hoey was the teams first radio announcer. Successor Jim Britt called its first live TV broadcast. Curt Gowdy denoted respectability, courtesy, and pluck. Ken Coleman played his voice like a violin. Ned Martins signature exclamation gives Mercy! its title. He called one legendary game after another, including Carlton Fisk waving fair his World Seriestying home run in 1975. Other well-known Voices include Bob Murphy, Jim Woods, Jon Miller, Ken Harrelson, Dick Stockton, Sean McDonough, and Joe Castiglione. In 2004, when the Sox finally won their first World Series since 1918, Castiglione asked the Nation, Can you believe it? Many cant, even now.
Baseball historian Curt Smiths interviews with many of these beloved broadcasting personalities provide the backbone for this unique celebration of Americas Most Beloved Ballpark.
Author: Curt Smith