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Frank Messer

Frank Messer (Sportscaster. Born, Asheville, NC, Aug. 8, 1925; died, Deerfield Beach, FL, Nov. 13, 2001.) The professional who held together the Yankees radio and television broadcasts for 18 seasons (1968-85), Wallace Frank Messer began his broadcasting career in 1948. Messer became sports director of WSKY in Asheville, N.C., a position he held for six years. Messer moved to Richmond, Va., in 1954, where he was to remain for nearly a decade as sports editor with two leading radio stations (WRNL, 1954-60; WRVA, 1960-63). His major league baseball play-by-play career began with the Baltimore Orioles in 1964 on both radio and television. The same year, Messer began radio play-by-play of the N.F.L. Baltimore Colts. During his Yankees years, he worked occasional Knicks games and other events at the Garden. After leaving the Yankees, Messer broadcast the Chicago White Sox (1986-87) on radio and television and, starting in 1988, spent five years doing baseball play-by-play for CBS Network radio before retiring after the 1992 season. Yankees fans recall him as the voice who mentioned the score and inning once in a while on those occasions that Phil Rizzuto was chatting with a guest in the booth, reading birthday announcements, or telling a story. For several years, Messer also served as the on-field host for the Yankees Old-Timers Day program.

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