The Chicago Baseball Museum is presenting a series of five podcasts commemorating the 57-year relationship between WGN Radio and the Cubs that is ending this season.
The vintage segment presented here was part of WGN’s first season airing the Cubs in 1958. On May 13, rookie announcer Lou Boudreau spelled play-by-play man Jack Quinlan when Stan Musial collected his 3,000th hit as a pinch hitter against Moe Drabowsky at Wrigley Field. Harry Caray’s version of the historic hit on the Cardinals’ radio network is the most commonly replayed, while Boudreau’s call has rarely been heard ever since other than on the syndicated Diamond Gems radio show.
Harvey native Boudreau, the AL’s MVP as the Cleveland Indians’ player-manager in 1948, was a staple on the Cubs broadcasts as analyst and relief play-by-play man through 1987. He teamed with Quinlan, Vince Lloyd, Milo Hamilton and Dewayne Staats.