A memorial service for revered sportscaster Jack Buck will begin at 12-Noon today in Busch Stadium. Buck died Tuesday night. He had been hospitalized since January. Buck broadcast St. Louis Cardinals baseball games for nearly 50 years. He also was known nationally for broadcasting various sports on both television and radio. Buck became well-known nationally during his 16 years of broadcasting Monday Night Football on CBS Radio with former Kansas City Chiefs’ Head Coach Hank Stram. He covered more Super Bowls on radio than any other announcer, the first in 1970 and then from 1978 to 1994. Buck even broadcast professional bowling at one time. In the 60s he was a talk show host on KMOX Radio in St. Louis, in addition to his sportscasting. He once interviewed Eleanor Roosevelt from the top of the Gateway Arch. Buck wrote his autobiography in 1997 and discovered a hidden talent for poetry late in life, his best known work a poem for a grieving nation he wrote after the September 11th tragedy. Buck began his radio career at The Ohio State University after service as a decorated veteran of World War II.
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