during game six of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 22, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.

No, this is not bizarro world. It’s not an alternate universe. Let’s say it together, Awful Announcing readers. The Chicago Cubs are heading to the World Series. It was a massive celebration in Chicago as the Cubs won their first National League pennant since 1945 on Saturday and now they have an opportunity to win their first championship since 1908. And they’ll face Cleveland starting on Tuesday, a team that hasn’t won a World Series since 1948 and came really close to winning in 1997.

When the Cubs last played in the World Series, TV was not in many homes and it was in black and white. Radio and newspapers were the dominant medium. And Vin Scully had yet to join the Brooklyn Dodgers broadcast team.

Cut to 2016, we have TV, radio, the internet, social media, mobile phones, tablets and we have Pat Hughes calling the double play that put the Cubs into the World Series! Here’s how it sounded on WSCR in Chicago:

Joe Buck having had experience in calling big moments with the Red Sox in 2004, the White Sox in 2005 and the Phillies in 2008, knew when to get out of the way after he called the final outs on FS1:

Overall, he kept quiet allowing pictures and audio to tell the story. How long did he keep quiet?


Certainly a couple of calls that will live in Cub fans’ memories for a long time to come. And if the Cubs complete the journey with a World Series championship, they’ll be etched in stone forever.

About Ken Fang

Ken has been covering the sports media in earnest at his own site, Fang's Bites since May 2007 and at Awful Announcing since March 2013.

He provides a unique perspective having been an award-winning radio news reporter in Providence and having worked in local television.

Fang celebrates the four Boston Red Sox World Championships in the 21st Century, but continues to be a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan.

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