RIP to Hank Greenwald, a long-time announcer for the San Francisco Giants, as well as the Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees and the NBA’s Golden State Warriors. He died on October 22 at the age of 83. Greenwald had been suffering from heart issues and kidney failure in recent months and was diagnosed with bronchitis recently.
Greenwald called 2,798 consecutive games for the Giants, from 1979-1986. He then spent two seasons with the Yankees before returning to San Francisco for the 1989-1996 seasons. While technically retired, he also worked some Athletics games in 2004 and 2005.
Mike Krukow was a pitcher on the Giants during Greenwald’s tenure, and said that Greenwald encouraged him to go into broadcasting himself. “He taught me about preparation, the rhythm and flow of a game, respect for your craft. He was my mentor. My professor,” Krukow told the San Francisco Chronicle.
If you didn’t happen to live in San Francisco or New York, you still may have heard Greenwald call baseball games. His voice was used in a few iterations of the Tony LaRussa Baseball video game series.
The obituary I linked to below contains a few of Greenwald’s one-liners, which I highly recommend. How could you not love an announcer who once said of Bruce Sutter, “Three more saves and he’ll tie John the Baptist.”