For me, Chuck Thompson and Bill O'Donnell were the essence of Oriole baseball while I was growing up. Baltimore was blessed to have him as the voice of Oriole baseball for those so many years.
Sad, sad news. He truly was a Balto legend.
I wonder if our kids will ever experience the joy of sitting on the back porch,
eating crabs, AND LISTENING TO A LEGEND CALL A MEANINGFUL GAME IN A PENNANT
Those were the days.
This is very sad news. Chuck was on the same level as Jerry Turner when it
came to icon status in Baltimore.
Like many thousands of others, Chuck's calls both in football and baseball resonated within me. There were so many that I recall like they were yesterday. Palmer's no-hitter in '69, the Series clincher in '70. A 7-6 win by the Colts over Denver when Jim Turner's chip-shot FG was blocked. The great wins over the Dolphins in the 70s. The excitement on a hot summer afternoon when the Orioles overcame a six-run deficit in the 9th inning to win on a Tommy Davis grand slam in the 11th to beat the Brewers 11-6.
Chuck had a gift of being able to paint a picture in your mind and drawing you into the action. Very few that I have heard since - Jon Miller is one - can do it today.
Another childhood icon goes down.
Here's to you Chuck, you made many a Baltimore summer night brighter.
I was shocked to read how bad it was for Chuck. My son asked me about it and I got choked up. I have so many great memories of him calling Colts and Orioles games. I can still "see" them making plays based on his great game descriptions. It's a very sad day for Baltimore Sports.
I remember listening to him call football games, he was the best by far. So
many guys stink now that even do national games. They need to listen to some old
Thompson to learn how to call a football game on radio. You could watch the
action in your mind when Chuck called a game. He had it all, great voice, great
picture painting ability and incredibly nice guy to everybody he met.
Rest in Peace, Chuck. God probably wanted to bring home his best play by play man.
Chuck Thompson epitomized the excellence in sports radio broadcasting. Maryland sports radio is infinitely better, and this is no
doubt directly influenced by the excellent job that Chuck Thompson did, and the
tradition he forged.
The beer is cold, indeed. Hope you will be calling some games at Memorial Stadium in the sky.
Rest in peace Chuck Thompson.
Few can be called a legend. The irreplaceable Chuck Thompson was just that. Rest in Peace to a true Baltimore Icon, Hero, and Legend. Your voice, heart, and passion will be sorely missed.
I remember the only time I ever met Chuck Thompson. A group of us Parkville Sr. Highers were heading to Dulaney Valley High to watch a basketball game and got lost. So we see a guy walking a dog in the area around Dulaney. One of the girls with us asked, "Excuse me sir, can you tell us where Dulaney High School is?" They guy turns around to give us directions, and Go to war Miss Agnes, it was Chuck Thompson. That was kinda cool.
I only met him once in person. We bought his book for my father in law as a
Xmas present and Chuck was going to be at Barnes and Noble in Bel Air for a
signing so we went along .
Although the line was not as long as I thought it would be, it seemed to take an inordinate amount of time to wind through the bookshelves to the signing table.
Me and the wife eventually got to the table, mentioned some trivia about where the wife's father had met Chuck and he launched into a 3 minute humorous anecdote about that particular event.
We then realized why the line took so long to wind down. He spoke at length to everyone, probably humbled by the fact that several hundred people wanted his autograph. He truly was a nice chap. I wish his family the best.
It seems like it was always a sunset in summer when Chucks voice hummed
across the sky and lent us familiar warmth, no matter the chores or pleasures we
happened to be with at the time and it would be remiss of us to recall it as
casually as we do, being older and wiser, such rationale is not always fair to
the memories of a child.
It was more than that really, it was more than I can even impart but many of you know what I am striving for.
Before the days when cities and regions were lumped together in the nameless slumber of "TV markets" and "Regions", we all once had a home and those of us lucky enough to recognize it knew that "home" had a voice, no less distinct than our mothers who called us worried in from the gloaming.
Chuck Thompson was that voice.
I can still hear other voices, but the one that I grew up with is gone.
God Bless You Chuck.
I never knew you, but I did. I don't think I can ever go home again.
My dad died on January 5th. I can remember growing up listening to Chuck and Bill with my dad every night. Back then, there was no HTS or Comcast Sports Net. We only had a few televised games. It was the radio every night. Chuck Thompson filled many a night of my childhood. My dad loved him as an announcer. Whether it be Oriole games or Colt games, my dad use to say to me all the time, "that's the best sports announcer there ever was". He was right. I can't tell you how I miss hearing. Go to war Miss Agness and Ain't the beer cold. I feel like I lost another family member today. Rest in peace Chuck. We will all miss you.
A true gentleman, and an incredible talent.
Someone mentioned listening to him on the transistor radio - that's my favorite memory too. His silky voice on a warm summer evening, calling the plays with speed and precision with just the right amount of imagery to make the radio experience as close to real thing as possible. I would spend my summer Sundays listening to the game in my back yard with my ball and mitt and re-enact the plays as he called them.
My wife and two year old daughter were shopping in the Cockeysville target not too long ago, when Chuck Thompson approached them out of the blue and stooped down to tell my little girl how pretty she was.
My favorite line: "Look out, Brooks" or "Go get it, Brooks" on foul balls back to the booth.
"GO TO WAR MISS AGNES"
I never knew what he meant by that, but it always meant a good play for the Orioles or the Colts.
"AIN'T THE BEER COLD"
I knew what he meant by that!
RIP Chuck Thompson.
I grew up listening to Chuck he was flat out an icon. I would suggest that the O's put a patch with his initials on there hats or uniforms this year and that some area of Camden Yards be dedicated to him.
Sad day in Baltimore sports. We will miss you, Chuck.
The first time I had a chance to talk to chuck Thompson was the first time in
my life I realized this cat had "Real Voice". Sure he sounded good on the
airwaves, but to talk to him in person was a sure treat. He was very
impressionable and warm sort of like a long lost uncle.
He was an extremely down to earth and nice gentleman and for some reason when I think of him, I think of Oriole 20 game winners , Mark Belanger and Bill O'Donnell.
What a sad day. Chuck was the best for football and baseball.
I wish I could thank him for the great memories he gave me, simply listening to him on the radio.
I can remember many summer nights, listening Chuck Thompson while the Orioles
were on the West Coast and me trying to keep the sound low enough so that my
parents wouldn't come into my room and take away the radio.
Like somebody else said, another childhood icon gone.
I also have to chime with what his voice does to me. Like others here have
stated, when I heard his voice I was 12
again, sitting in the backyard with my next door neighbor on a warm July evening, cracking peanuts drinking Pepsi, hoping the Orioles of the time, Kiko, Tippy, Eddie, Ken, Al and crew would do something to elicit "Aint the beer cold".
RIP Chuck Thompson
Although I was able to hear him when he worked as a 3rd broadcaster on the
O's radio team in the 90's, I was too young for his radio prime. I have heard
some old games and would love to hear more.
A very sad day, but let's cherish the memories of Chuck, because there are quite a few of them.
A part of my childhood of Orioles memories has died this day! As many have
said, I remember listening to him late into the night when my parents thought I
was asleep, or down the ocean with volume low in the trailer so I would not be
Each of us has their favorite memories, but one thing is for sure! We all know that a great announcer, but even more, a great person has left us this day!
Chuck Thompson -- RIP!!
I must say his voice is part of my youth in Baltimore sports, May God bless him and his family.
And I echo others on this board in that another part of my childhood died
"Ain't the beer cold"
"Go to war Miss Agnes"
and on the negative,
"Right in his wheelhouse"
RIP Chuck. You will be greatly missed in this town!!
From his Colts days...when a guy would get tackled, Chuck would say "knocked
off his pins"
I keep playing the few lines they have recorded onto his bobblehead...
1. 500th homerun hit by Frank Robinson
2. Tom Phoebus no hitter
3. Chuck Thompson for Charlie Eckman saying "AIN'T THE BEER COLD"
Thanks for all the memories Chuck. You were the BEST!
How about listening to Chuck and Bill on those late summer night games from the west coast falling asleep under his magnificent voice. I shed a tear for you Chuck. What a great testimony to Baltimore you were. Classic Colt's game play by play "Mitchell knocked off his pins at the 30 yard line". RIP
I hope the O's will honor Chuck out in the plaza at Camden Yards where all the retired Oriole numbers are located. Perhaps with his statue or a microphone, something can be done. To me, Chuck Thompson was as much an Oriole as Brooks, Cal, or Frank.
I remember going to the Equitable Old-Timers game at Memorial Stadium back on August 7, 1988 and Chuck Thompson was calling the game down on the field and my seats were near him so I went over and shook his hand and asked for his autograph. What a great guy Chuck was.
For anyone who sat on the back porch with their Dad and listened to Chuck
call the Orioles game, this is truly a sad day - a passage of time. One of the
good people who always helped us rise above the problems of everyday life, Chuck
Thompson is a true icon.
Classy as they come.
Here's to you, Chuck, we're all with you!!
And, Ain't the beer cold!!...
My fondest memory of Chuck was when he donated one of his World Series
rings the O's gave him to auction off for a fund raiser to help my grade school
St. Dominic's in Hamilton.
We met him and Brooks in Towson for lunch and he handed over the ring with a smile and a good luck wish. Stand up kinda guy no flash,just genuine.
God bless you Chuck.
This is truly a sad day. I have only been a Baltimore Football fan for 7
years now, but I have been listening to Oriole games my whole life. Chuck was
such a warming and wonderful voice to listen to on the back porch on a warm
summer night. Baltimore lost a true legend today.
Here's to Chuck Thompson. Ain't The Beer Cold!
Even "Pagel back to pass" sounded good when Chuck said it. Chuck, Ray Scott,
and some of the other golden voices subbed on NFL broadcasts for the NBC
regulars when they were covering the Summer Olympics in Seoul. I was familiar
with his local work, but listening to his presentation of a national broadcast
In addition to the standards already mentioned, Chuck would reference Grandmother Ripken early in Cal's career, "Moves well for a big man" for Mackey or Lee May, and "It's a doggone shame" when things didn't go our way.
Chuck was generous and honest, and if the effort or focus was below professional standards, he would make that clear without losing perspective. I've already been missing him, and now he's gone for good. God Bless Chuck.
Chuck did the call I do believe on Ameche's run in the 58 game......Bill
O'Donnell was the best partner he had.......
and Vince Bagli doing Colts football......was a pleasure to hear Chuck and Brooks doing TV for Oriole games.....Like Gordon Beard said on Brook's retirement day, when Reggie left for NY and had the candy bar, Beard said "Brooks, in NY they name candy bars after their hero's in Baltimore they name babies after you" The same can be said, for John Unitas and Chuck and I hope the guys are drinking a Natty Boh, with Eckman, O'Donnell, Chris Thomas, Randy Blair, John Steadman and others in that great bar in the sky, which I hope to have a brew with them one day, but not to soon!!!!
This is truly a sad day for all who grew up listening to Mr. Thompson as it signifies the end of an era in broadcasting. I can still remember sitting on the side porch of my grandfather's home and listening to Oriole broadcasts with him and how much he enjoyed Mr. Thompson as a broadcaster.
Even though I have no real memories of Chuck, seeing how I arrived in Balt. after his glory years. I still feel a loss at his passing. He not only is a Balt. sports icon, but a great man. He will be missed.
Boy, what a lot of memories:
Chuck's call of Linhart's FG into the fog...
Ken Levine's writing in his book on the season he tried to do play by play here on the great man, not just announcer, Chuck was ...
How gracious Chuck was to me when I got him to sign several copies of his book for family and friends-my only first-hand contact with the man...
The easy way Chuck could make a sales pitch for the ballclub without it feeling like a pitch, "It's a lovely night here at Memorial Stadium, so if you're in the area drop on by..."
I heard mention yesterday of Chuck's quote about how he wanted fans to remember him as a friend. I, for one, certainly do.
One of the last people that called games that you can Identify them with the
Teams that they Called. He was and is as Much a Oriole and Colt as anyone who
ever put on a uniform.
Listening to the AM growing up and the signal sometimes fading in and out but Chuck always seemed to get his wonderful voice through.
Gob Bless his family in this time of heartache.
My best memories are fallen asleep on a weeknight listening to the O's west
coast games when my Mom thought I was sleeping.
If there is baseball in heaven, Chuck Thompson and Bill O'Donnell will be calling the games!
June 22, '79, Chuck seemed more excited than I was when DeCinces won the game
in the bottom of the 9th, 6-5. I've heard Chuck's sign-off for that game several
times this weekend during tributes, when he happily declares: "This is Chuck
Thompson, with Bill O'Donnell and Charlie Eckmann, saying AIN'T THE BEER COLD,
BABY!" I remember that line so well because I recorded it and replayed it MANY
times back then (I think WFBR was the first station to play audio "highlights" a
lot throughout the day).
Rest in peace, Mr. Thompson...
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