Apr 242013

In this episode of the Wait Wait… Jon Miller is a Hall of Fame broadcaster who did the play-by-play on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball for 20 years. He is a former radio and television announcer for the Baltimore Orioles and has been the voice of the San Francisco Giants since 1997.

We’ve invited Miller to play a game called “You gonna eat that?” Three questions based on science writer Mary Roach’s new book, Gulp: Adventures in the Alimentary Canal

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And now, the game where great men answer some pretty okay questions. If the sport of baseball could talk, it would sound like Jon Miller. He’s a Hall of Fame broadcaster who did the play-by-play on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball for 20 years and was, and still is, the voice of the San Francisco Giants. Jon Miller, welcome to WAIT WAIT…DON’T TELL ME!


JON MILLER: Glad to be here.

SAGAL: So, Jon, you’ve been calling baseball games for a while right?

MILLER: My first year doing Major League Baseball was 1974, which is, you know, more than 20 years ago.

SAGAL: A little bit more, yeah.


SAGAL: And how did you learn to do it, because I know it’s a lot harder than it might seem?

MILLER: I really always wanted to do it, because I was a big baseball fan but not a great baseball player. So I bought a tabletop baseball game called Strat-O-Matic.

SAGAL: Oh yeah.

MILLER: And I used to wile away the hours all summer long, growing up near San Francisco, rolling these dice and playing these games and broadcasting the games. And not just broadcasting the games, but I would do the crowd noise. I would be the public address announcer, the ballpark organist; I’d be the whole show.

MO ROCCA: Oh, my god. Did you also have an imaginary girlfriend?



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