1975 -Russ Hodges
Born in Dayton, Tennessee, on June 18, 1910, sportscasting legend Russ Hodges’ memorable moments as a broadcaster include him exclaiming “The Giants win the pennant!” “The Giants win the pennant!” “The Giants win the pennant” “The Giants win the pennant” after Bobby Thompson’s “Shot heard around the world” in 1951. Hodges career began in 1929, and in the first two decades of his career he worked for a number of teams including the Chicago Cubs, Washington Senators, and New York Yankees. Then in 1949, he settled at the New York Giants where he became “the voice of the Giants” and announced games for 22 years. He even moved from New York to San Francisco with the club in 1958. During his time at the Giants, Hodges coined the phrase “bye-bye baby!” to signal Giants home runs, which became an American household expression. Hodges died in 1971. He was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters hall of Fame on April 8, 1975.