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March 27, 2007

Jerry Girard Passes Away

From the Journal News with a hat tip to BaseballThinkFactory.org -

Jerry Girard, a New York City sports broadcaster known for his deadpan wit, died Sunday of cancer at Westchester Medical Center. The Bronxville resident was 74.

Girard worked as a weeknight sports anchor on WPIX-TV Channel 11 from 1974 to 1995, when he resigned rather than switch to weekend duty. He was replaced by Sal Marchiano.

"He was very popular with the viewers, very popular in the newsroom," Karen Scott, news director for WPIX-TV Channel 11, said yesterday. "He was a hard worker, and he definitely knew his sports."

The Bronx native, born Gerard A. Suglia, went on the air for the first time at the age of 41, after seven years as a news writer for the station. The Manhattan College alumnus' early radio career included stints in South Carolina, Pennsylvania and Indiana.

In addition to rooting for his beloved Yankees, Girard was a boxing, basketball and horseracing fan. He liked to read and play pool.

Girard was a significant thread stitched in the patchwork of the fan experience during the overall Steinbrenner-Yankees quilt making process. And, his section of the fabric represents what many Yankees fans consider a more fun time than the present day. I enjoyed watching Girard. I hope the Yankees acknowledge his legacy, in some form, during Old-Timer's Day this season. It would be nice for the fans to be able to cheer for him one last time.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at March 27, 2007 09:50 AM


Thanks to Mr. Girard for his contribution. Slightly related, as I expect the media/reporters to be held accountable for every word they say, I'm curious why Newsday's Yankee beat writer is now Kat O'Brien, formerly of the Ft. Worth S-T, as opposed to Jim Baumbach. I'm happy O'Brien got the job, it was well deserved. But I'm just curious to know what happened to Baumbach. I was 50-50 about him, just wondered.

Posted by: susanmullen [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 27, 2007 08:56 PM

Baumbach is still with Newsday - he has a regular column now, where, IIRC, he can write about whatever he wants. He mentioned it in his last blog entry before Kat took over.

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 27, 2007 10:23 PM

Thanks for the kind words about a fellow alum.

Posted by: reinkefj [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 4, 2007 07:46 PM

Sorry I didn't see the "automatic" addition. Of course after I signed in, I might have guessed I could comment! (?)

Posted by: reinkefj [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 4, 2007 07:48 PM