|Birth: ||Sep. 11, 1914|
|Death: ||Jan. 16, 2000|
Byrum F. Saam, Jr. (1914 - January 16, 2000) was an American sportscaster. His primary focus in his career was announcing baseball and football games in Philadelphia.It is said by many that By Saam called more losses than any broadcaster in baseball history. Born in Fort Worth, Texas, he attended Texas Christian University, and began his career broadcasting football at Temple University. He was soon noticed by the owners of both major league ballclubs in Philadelphia, the Athletics and the Phillies.In 1938, Saam called Athletics and Phillies home games; he would continue this double duty for 12 seasons. Saam, together with broadcast partner Claude Haring, called just Athletics games from 1950 until the club moved to Kansas City after the 1954 season. Ironically, after so many losing seasons, Saam worked exclusively for the Athletics during the 1950 season, when the Phillies won their first pennant in 35 years.After the Athletics moved to Kansas City, Saam returned to the Phillies in 1955. He teamed first with Bill Campbell; the pair was joined by former Phillies outfielder Richie Ashburn in 1963. After Campbell left the Phillies in 1970, this created the Hall of Fame broadcasting team of Saam, Ashburn, and Harry Kalas. They broadcast Phillies games until Saam's retirement in 1976. Saam broadcast the 1959 World Series and the 1965 World Series for NBC Radio. During his illustrious career, Saam described 13 no-hitters, including Jim Bunning's perfect game against the New York Mets in 1964. In 1990, Byrum Saam was awarded the Ford Frick Award by the Baseball Hall of Fame for excellence in broadcasting. Ashburn was later honored by the Hall of Fame as a player, and Kalas would win the Frick Award in 2002.Saam died at age 85 in Devon, Pennsylvania.
Created by: Reginald Reginald
Record added: Jul 11, 2006
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Ritchie, By, and Harry the K, all together again, calling the plays in heaven!|
Added: Apr. 20, 2009
They did it By!!!!...be @ the parade tommorrow..see ya there!|
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