September 5, 2009

Sports broadcaster Blattner dead at 89

Sports broadcaster Robert G. Buddy Blattner, who once covered the St. Louis Hawks of the NBA, has died in Chesterfield, Mo., at the age of 89.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Saturday Blattner, who offered radio commentary of the Hawks during the team's 1958 championship season, died Friday of complications from lung cancer.

The former professional baseball player and table tennis champion also served as the voice of other sports teams, including the St. Louis Cardinals, the Kansas City Royals and the Los Angeles/California Angels.

Buddy had the best voice of any basketball broadcaster in history. He probably had the best voice in St. Louis history, fellow broadcaster Greg Marecek said.

His delivery was great. His voice was always friendly. He was never screaming. Everyone liked him, former Hawks player Ed Macauley said.

The Post-Dispatch said Blattner is survived by his wife Barbara, three daughters, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.