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Robert Prince, Sr.

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Bob Prince was a beloved broadcaster for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He joined the club, teaming with Rosey Rowswell in 1948. When Rowswell's health caused him to scale back his duties, Prince became the top broadcaster for the club.

When a home run was hit, he and Rowswell would talk about a fictional Aunt Minnie who had to open her window so the ball could fly through. Rowswell would say "Open the window, Aunt Minnie, here it comes." The pair would then create the sound of breaking glass in the studio where the game was being recreated.

Prince was known for his jovial style and rapid delivery. His "Princeisms" became well known. His signature home run call was "Kiss it good bye!" This was especially when fortuitous when the "bases are f.o.b.", full of Bucs.

Prince and his partner Nellie King were replaced in 1975 when a disagreement arose with station management. Prince spent a decade as a nomad working a year for the Houston Astros, then ABC television on the Game of the Week, and in various projects in Pittsburgh.

In 1985, the moribund Pirates brought Prince back to the team to call games. Prince was suffering from cancer, but he was able to return in May. He called just three games before the cancer returned and forced him out of the booth. He entered the hospital for the last time and died on June 10.

"The Gunner" was awarded the Ford Frick Award posthumously in 1986.

Sources

Bob Prince's Obituary, June 11, 1985

Bob Prince from the SABR Bio Project, by James Forr

Prince calls a home run by Roberto Clemente

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