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March 25, 2014 | Luke Jones

10. Chris Thomas

A fascinating contrast to the legendary Vince Bagli at WBAL-TV, Thomas left such an impression with his unique humor and off-the-wall delivery that Baltimoreans mourned his 2004 death as if he were still one of their own despite his departure from the market 16 years earlier.

His conversations with a papier-mâché likeness of Bob Irsay were hilarious, but his most memorable moment may have come in 1988 when he thought he’d won the state lottery and walked off the studio set exclaiming that he was quitting before realizing he had missed two numbers and sheepishly returned to his spot. Thomas was also willing to use props and show unconventional sports highlights to keep the newscast fresh and entertaining in an era before SportsCenter changed the industry.

Never afraid to step outside of the box of what sportscasting was supposed to be in those days, Thomas was ahead of his time and likely would have landed a job as a personality at a national network like ESPN had he come along a bit later.


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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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