“You don’t realize how easy this game is until you get up in that broadcasting booth.” — Mickey Mantle
Date: May 4, 2013
Place: Television Broadcast Booth, Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas.
Occasion: A visit with longtime Houston Astros TV play-by-play announcer, Bill Brown, on the occasion of the 38th anniversary of Houston Astro Bob Watson scoring Major League Baseball’s 1 millionth run, May 4, 1975.
Explanation: If you need one, you haven’t been following this blog. Bill Brown’s memoir, My Baseball Journey, has a chapter on the one millionth run and mentions my roll in its promotion. Of course, the Astros were playing in the Astrodome in that era, and the millionth run wasn’t even scored there. They were on the road at the old Candlestick Park in San Fransisco. But this is about as close as I will ever come. Special thanks to Tim Gregg for his role as co-author of the book, and for arranging my visit with Bill.
Enough of this self-serving fluff. Now on to different self-serving fluff.