Shelby Whitfield, former Senators broadcaster, dies at 77 – The Post
The alumni of the Washington Senators, on and off the diamond, just got smaller again. Shelby Whitfield, who broadcasted the Senators with Ron Menchine on radio and television for the 1969 and 1970 seasons died. Though his tenure in the RFK Stadium press box was brief, Whitfield wrote a book about the end of the Senators at the hands of owner Bob Short called “Kiss it Goodbye. (Amazon)”
He described Short, who died in 1982, as “an intimidating, domineering person” who was slow to pay his bills. Short asked announcers to inflate crowd numbers, Mr. Whitfield wrote, and to say the weather was always sunny, “even if the floodwaters were lapping the sides of RFK Stadium.”
The book helped prompt the Federal Communications Commission to launch hearings into the ethics of sports broadcasting. In 1974, the FCC passed a regulation — since rescinded — requiring announcers to disclose during games whether they were employees of a team, a league or a broadcasting company.
After leaving the Senators beat, Mr. Whitfield worked for WWDC-AM as the host of “Sports Roundtable,” one of Washington’s first radio sports talk shows. Mr. Whitfield later spent seven years as the Washington-based sports director of Associated Press Radio before going to New York in 1981 as sports director of ABC Radio.
I’ll have to add that to my reading list.
Whitfield’s career also included co-authoring a book with Howard Cosell.
$350M project to build new Rt. 72 causeways slated to begin in May – APP
Some much-needed good news is coming to Hurricane Sandy-stricken Long Beach Island. A second series of NJ 72 bridges connecting the mainland to LBI will be constructed while the existing causeway will be rebuilt. Walkways/bikeways will be included on both alignments.
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They new bridge also will incorporate a modern interpretation of the unusual “string of pearls” street lights across the existing causeway, which will be incorporated in the outside railings to make a visual statement from all approaches, Simpson
It has been several years since I went to Long Beach Island after going there for most of my life, but I have been itching for a return. That may happen this summer, though the continuing recovery from Hurricane Sandy may prevent that trip.