As A Sportscaster
Buddy Blattner-A Sportcasting Pioneer
Buddy's exceptional broadcasting career began in 1950 as the play-by-play announcer for the St. Louis Browns.
It didn't take long for his exceptional talents to become known, and soon the NBA St. Louis Hawks hired Buddy. For eight years Buddy broadcast over 800 Hawk games, a period during which the Hawks won two world championships and were the toast of St. Louis, as well as the NBA! Kiel Auditorium was usually a sellout, especially when the arch-rival Boston Celtics came to town. When the Hawks played, most St. Louis fans, unable to get tickets, tuned to KMOX to listen to Buddy's play by play.
Buddy was a sportscasting pioneer! In the 50's, tickertape was the preferred away-game broadcast "technology." But not for Buddy! He was the only broadcaster to travel with his NBA team and broadcast live from wherever the Hawks played. The show's sponsors, first the Falstaff Brewing Company, and later Anheuser Busch, were delighted with the results. And Buddy was not only broadcasting ... he was assisting owner Ben Kerner in all facets of team operations.
Buddy soon became the first radio/TV spokesman for the NBA, broadcasting six NBA All-Star Games. Finally lured away by Gene Autry, Buddy headed West to become the voice of the young California Angels. But Buddy and his family still had their roots in the Midwest. So after seven highly successful years with the Angels, it was relatively easy for Kansas City to persuade Buddy to become the lead broadcaster for the Kansas City Royals, where he spent an additional seven stellar years.
National stature came Buddy's way when he teamed with Dizzy Dean, originating ABC's "Baseball's Game of the Week" telecasts. For seven years the Dean/Blattner team brought colorful baseball broadcasts to the entire country, with the show being one of TV's top rated programs.
Journeying to Nagoya, Japan, Buddy televised the Japanese All Start Game for ABC's "Wide World of Sports."
Bud broadcasted two major league All Star Games, and the first ever playoff series in the Western Division. World Series Games were broadcast by the winning team's home-town broadcasters.
The first nationally televised, all talk baseball show, ABC-TV's "Baseball Corner." was written, produced, and anchored by Buddy Blattner. A large table, looking like a baseball diamond, was used by Buddy and his guests, the "greats of the game", to talk about baseball techniques and strategies. The show was a big success. Buddy "retired" from broadcasting to the Lake of the Ozarks in 1976.