[Curt Gowdy] never has broadcast a professional football game on radio. "The last radio coverage of football for me was the Cotton Bowl in the early '50s and NBC's Game of the Week," Gowdy said after being introduced yesterday at the Westin Hotel, where WHDH officials treated him as a legend. He is.
"I have not worked for a Boston team since leaving the Red Sox. It will be fun and the traveling will be minimal," he explained. Gowdy was the Red Sox play-by-play announcer for 15 years through 1965, at which time he joined NBC full time and in the next decade became the most prominent and versatile voice in televised sports.
John Dennis' signature as Channel 7's sportscaster is an occasional scoop, and he reported Tuesday night that a Leonard-Hagler rematch is likely on Sept. 14. If he is proven correct, the station will trumpet the fact. If he is wrong, the station will forget it, and so will the audience . . . After spending a lifetime listening to soft reports, I find the candor of Mets TV announcer Tim McCarver a continuing surprise. As Ron Darling was being hit hard by the Phillies Tuesday night, McCarver said, more than once, that when he falls behind the hitter, he is just another pitcher. Very strong stuff about the star of the staff with Dwight Gooden gone . . . Al Nipper's fine performance Tuesday was a reminder of Jim Palmer's comment about him during an ABC telecast last season. "He has not proven he can pitch in the major leagues," Palmer said.