‘A wonderful ride’: White Sox broadcaster Steve Stone throws 1st pitch, celebrates 40 years in booth

‘A wonderful ride’: White Sox broadcaster Steve Stone throws 1st pitch, celebrates 40 years in booth

CHICAGO (TOC) — Broadcaster Steve Stone took notes and copied the lineup for Tuesday night time’s sport with the Dodgers.

It is a pregame routine he is been following for 4 many years now. However Tuesday, he’ll have a number of different issues occurring as he throws out the primary pitch to have fun his fortieth anniversary within the sales space.

“It has been only a great journey,” Stone mentioned. “You are taking a bit one thing from every certainly one of these guys, and hopefully study one thing.”

The 74-year-old Stone describes himself as a baseball lifer. He is been within the sport professionally for 53 years.

The truth is, he’s the one particular person to have performed and been a broadcaster for each the Cubs and the White Sox. As a participant, he gained the Cy Younger award as a pitcher with the Baltimore Orioles. And simply 5 days after his taking part in profession resulted in 1982, he discovered himself within the sales space. Shortly after that, the Cubs employed him to work alongside the legendary Harry Caray, who he mentioned taught him so much.

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“You need to be an entertainer in addition to an educator. Harry all the time advised me, ‘it is present biz. By no means lose sight of that reality,'” Stone mentioned.

Stone additionally labored with Caray’s grandson, Chip, for a number of seasons. He left the North Aspect after the 2004 season and moved to the South Aspect, the place he first labored with legendary Ken Harrelson. Stone and his present associate, Jason Benetti, have labored collectively for seven seasons and created a novel and entertaining partnership.

“Baseball’s intricacies are simpler to understand when Steve tells you about them. To me that is an absolute present,” Benetti mentioned.

Stone prides himself on serving to individuals higher perceive the sport, whether or not they’re an off-the-cuff fan or lifelong season-ticket holder. For Stone, there is no such thing as a higher life than this.

“That is precisely what I need to do. I really like the sport of baseball, my entire life. I’ve performed it since I used to be 5 years outdated,” Stone mentioned.

Stone mentioned it is his goal to know when it is time to go away the sport earlier than somebody asks him to go. And at this level that is not taking place any time quickly.

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