It was announced today that legendary NHL broadcaster Mike “Doc” Emrick will provide the call on a number of Pittsburgh Pirates games during spring training.
As reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Emrick has only called baseball once in his life, as a last-minute fill-in during a college game in the sixties between his school, Miami (OH), and Kent State.
Emrick — or “Doc,” as he is affectionately known to his peers and fans — has become the NHL’s most consistent and beloved voice. He worked two stints (1982-86, 1993-2011) as the lead voice of the New Jersey Devils before devoting himself full-time to the national audience with NBC Sports. He has also recently provided play-by-play for the last two versions of EA Sports’ NHL series.
If Doc is known for anything outside of the hockey world, it’s his colorful use of the English language and hyper-focused enthusiasm calling the challenging, rapid pace of his sport. Only during a Doc Emrick broadcast will you hear words like “careened” or “waffleboarded” or “pitchforked” to describe the events in play.
Doc is a well-known Pirates fan. “I was raised on Bob Prince,” he told the Post-Gazette. Since the Pirates began turning heads in the baseball world, Doc has made his support of the team clear.
It is unknown when Doc’s first broadcast with the Pirates will be, though with spring training games beginning shortly, it won’t be long before we find out when to tune in and hear an excitable Mike Emrick shout about line drives careening off the left-field wall.
For those unfamiliar with the work of Doc Emrick, here’s a segment providing insight on the broadcaster’s style and career from HBO’s Real Sports.