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March 25, 2014 | Luke Jones

16. Jon Miller

Not only were Orioles fans lucky to listen to the future Hall of Fame broadcaster as the legendary Chuck Thompson’s career was winding down, but Miller provided unique insight and humor while painting a vivid picture of the action on radio or television.

His imitations of Vin Scully, deceased Cubs voice Harry Caray, and late Yankees public address announcer Bob Sheppard were always favorites as Miller occasionally mixed the Spanish and Japanese languages into his broadcasts. Never one to take himself too seriously unlike many broadcasters, Miller may have been at his best during rain delays and blowouts when his shtick was not only welcomed but necessary to keep listeners or viewers.

His departure from the Orioles following the 1996 season is still a sticking point for many fans’ disenchantment with owner Peter Angelos, but his entertaining work will never be forgotten in Baltimore as he continues his career to this day in San Francisco.

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3 Comments For This Post

  1. Sam Says:

    Great work Luke. Actually was a great list and you didn’t miss a name. IMO.

  2. chris Says:

    GREAT job. I dont think anyone in their right mind would complain about this list. Watching the letterman clips with Art Donovan took me back. Holy Moly he was funny.

    On a side note, what do you think the back lash would be today if a player (just because he was also on the list, we’ll say Terell Suggs) went on a late night talk show and talked about a jewish guy beating him out in college and then making the reference to “those guys are supposed to be lawyers and doctors? It makes me wish we could go back to the 80’s and 90’s when people didnt get bent out of shape about everything.

    (L.J. – Thanks, Chris. I was thinking the same exact thing when I heard that portion of the clip. It was definitely a different era.)

  3. Phil Says:

    Nice job! I still get chills listening to the Decinces homerun call…seems like it was yesterday for a lifelong Oriooo’s fan as Eckman would say.

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