Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Young Buck Closer to Being the Man with Mike

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Young Buck Closer to Being the Man with Mike

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Jack Buck is pulling back. Bob Carpenter is pulling in. And Joe Buck is pulling closer to what seems to have been destined for him since he was a teen-ager - becoming the No. 1 man on the Cardinals' broadcast team.

That's the net result of personnel and schedule shuffling by Bud Sports, a division of Anheuser-Busch that controls Cardinals broadcasts.

Here's a capsule rundown on the moves:

Jack Buck, who has been a Cardinals broadcaster since 1954, will go into semi-retirement. He will continue to broadcast home games on radio, but will make few - if any - trips and is not scheduled to do any work on Cardinals telecasts.

Joe Buck will become the main radio voice of the team, supplanting his father, Jack, as the No. 1 play-by-play man for road games and sharing those duties with his dad on home contests. To facilitate his expanded role, his television duties will be reduced considerably. He had been the No. 1 man on TV, but next season - if there is a season - his only television work will be on home games carried by the Prime Network.

Carpenter, a native St. Louisan, broadcast Cardinals games about a decade ago on the long-since defunct Sports Time cable network. He will call approximately 85 games, all of which are televised. He becomes the primary TV voice of the Cards.

The biggest development is the implementation of Phase III of the transition from father to son as the Cardinals' main play-by-play man. Jack Buck has been in that role since 1954 (except for a brief stint in the 1970s when he left to work for NBC).

"I made up my mind that it was just time to change the scenery," Buck, 70, said Wednesday. "I was going to do it a year ago, but I didn't. And I'm still a little reluctant to do it. I've been doing baseball since 1950, when I was 26. But you have to let it go some time.

"People ask if you've had enough, and I really haven't, although I won't miss waiting for taxicabs in Pittsburgh. There's really no good reason I'm cutting back except that it is time to do it. You can't plunge headlong towards the end without doing the things that you want to do before it's too late."

One of those things is traveling with his wife, Carole.

"I want to go to Alaska, and the only time to go there is in the summer. …

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