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Berra Museum Opens ‘Athletes To Broadcasters’ Exhibit

Bill White DisplayHoward Cosell may have railed against “jockocracy” — former athletes in the broadcast booth — in his later years (after having once been a great facilitator in that area). Despite his pronouncement, retired players have provided analysis and in some cases play-by-play since the early days of sports media.

Now the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center in Little Falls, N.J., chronicles the history of ex-players behind the mic in the new exhibit, “Now Doing the Talking: from Athletes to Broadcasters,” which opened Wednesday. The exhibit, which takes up the back area in the museum, includes two main displays with highlights of 10 prominent former players from Waite Hoyt to Bob Uecker, a video display chronicling each of their careers and a “broadcast booth” where kids (and maybe some adults) can make calls of famous plays in history.

In addition to Hall of Famers Hoyt and Uecker, displays feature Dizzy Dean, Joe Garagiola, Phil Rizzuto, Jerry Coleman, Tony Kubek, Bill White, Tim McCarver and Ralph Kiner.

There are even nods to today’s current Yankees and Mets broadcasting teams, made up primarily of ex-stars, and to the development of football broadcasting.

The interactive exhibit will run through March 18, 2016.

About Jerry Milani

Jerry Milani is a freelance writer and public relations executive living in Bloomfield, N.J. He has worked in P.R. for more than 30 years in college and conference sports media relations, two agencies and for the International Fight League, a team-based mixed martial arts league, and now is the PR manager for FAN EXPO, which runs pop culture and celebrity conventions across North America. Milani is also the play-by-play announcer for Caldwell University football and basketball broadcasts. He is a proud graduate of Fordham University and when not attending a Yankees, Rams or Cougars game can be reached at Jerry (at) JerryMilani (dot) com.

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