Grown men have been known to tear up upon hearing the famous words: “Touch ’em all, Joe!”
They were spoken by Blue Jays’ baseball radio broadcaster Tom Cheek back in 1993.
Recently, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced that the “voice of the Blue Jays” would receive the prestigious Ford C. Frick award for broadcasting excellence.
Many fans consider the award long overdue.
Cheek was part of the first Blue Jays radio broadcast. He continued to be the voice of the Blue Jays for 27 years.
From his first game to his last, he never missed a game. He worked 4,306 games in a row–from April 1977 until June 2004.
Cheek also broadcast 41 playoff games.
Cheek experienced struggles in his early years.
He was also witness to back-to-back World Series championships for the Blue Jays in 1992 and 1993.
But topping it all was the call he made in 1993.
Blue Jays outfielder Joe Carter had just hit a huge home run to win the World Series.