CINCINNATI — Longtime Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman announced Wednesday that 2019 will be his final season, according to the Cincinnati Inquirer.
Brennaman has been the Reds’ lead broadcaster since 1974.
In 2000, Brennaman won the Ford C. Frick Award, which is presented annually by the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The Ford C. Frick Award is presented to a broadcaster for “major contributions to baseball.”
After graduating from the University of North Carolina in 1965, Brennaman started his career at WGHP.
(Now known as WGHP FOX 8, in High Point, N.C.)
He also worked in Salisbury and Norfolk, Virginia, before taking over as the “Voice of the Reds.”
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Brennaman joined the Reds’ broadcast team in 1974, replacing the popular Al Michaels. In his second spring training game, Brennaman accidentally referred to the Reds’ home field in Tampa, Florida, as Al Michaels Field instead of Al Lopez Field.
His first regular-season game at Riverfront Stadium provided a chance to call Hank Aaron’s 714th career homer, which tied Babe Ruth’s record. Brennaman said color commentator Joe Nuxhall turned to him after the inning and asked his new partner, “What the heck do you do for an encore? I said, `I don’t know.”
Brennaman and Nuxhall became an endearing broadcast duo for 31 years from 1974-2004. They’d talk about the Big Red Machine’s exploits and compare notes on garden tomatoes. Fans referred to them simply as Marty and Joe.
“Throughout Reds country, Marty and Joe were a staple of summertime, fans tuning in not just for the love of the Reds but because they loved Marty and Joe,” owner Bob Castellini said.
Each of them developed a distinctive sign-off line. Nuxhall, a former Reds pitcher, would say he’s “rounding third and heading for home,” a saying that’s remembered in lights outside Great American Ball Park. Brennaman would end each win by declaring that “this one belongs to the Reds.”