R.I.P Jim Irwin

Long-time Packers play-by-play announcer Jim Irwin has died.

Family, friends, co-workers and sports fans across Wisconsin are grieving the reported loss of a voice who brought the excitement of world champions and favorite athletes into our homes for decades.

Hall of Fame announcer Jim Irwin, Newsradio 620 WTMJ’s longtime play-by-play voice of the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Bucks and Wisconsin Badgers, has passed away.

Irwin’s daughter confirmed the information to TODAY’S TMJ4’s Mike Jacobs.

Irwin faced a battle with kidney cancer and had recently received hospice care in Southern California.

Jim became “the voice” of the Green Bay Packers on 620 WTMJ in 1975.

When Bender left in 1975, Irwin slid over to the play-by-play microphone, initially working with color commentator Lionel Aldridge, a former Packers defensive end, TODAY’S TMJ4 sports anchor and NBC Sports commentator.

Irwin wouldn’t give up that job for 24 years, working with former Packers wide receiver Max McGee for the final 20 of those seasons.

When he retired Jim Irwin had called more Packers games than other announcer.  While he is best remembered for being the Packers’ play-by-play man, he also called Bucks and Badgers games in addition to being a fill-in for Brewers games.

In his illustrious career, Irwin earned Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year 10 times, while being named to the Packers Hall of Fame and Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame.

Irwin had a number of other roles as well at 620WTMJ and TODAY’S TMJ4.

He called Milwaukee Bucks basketball games on Newsradio 620 WTMJ from 1979-1993, teaming with analyst Jon McGlocklin during many of those years.

Irwin was present for 12 consecutive playoff appearances and three runs to the Eastern Conference Finals from 1980-91.

He also worked with Bender and former Badgers quarterback Ron Vanderkelen on Wisconsin football from 1969-90, while doing play-by-play on Badgers basketball during that time as well.

“Jim Irwin, he was one of the best play-by-play people that I’ve ever heard,” said Vanderkelen in a 2011 interview with Sorgi.

“He and I got along very well.  He said, ‘this is what your role is,’ and we just jelled very, very easily…It was just a pleasure.”

Irwin also called Milwaukee Brewers games during the 1970’s and 1980’s on Newsradio 620 WTMJ as a fill-in voice for Bob Uecker when the longtime Voice of the Brewers had national television responsibilities.

Condolences to the Irwin family on their loss.

 

 

 

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Magic Number 27

That would be the magic number for the Milwaukee Brewers to win the NL Central as they have an 8.5 game lead.  Here’s a primer for determining the magic number.

The Brewers’ magic number is 27. How do you get to 27?

Here’s the short answer: Take the number of games yet to be played, add one, then subtract the number of games ahead in the loss column of the standings of the closest opponent.

The Brewers’ record is 76-52. The Brewers have 34 games left. Using the formula, you add one. Now we have 35.

Now, subtract 35 from the number of games the Brewers are ahead in the loss column. As of Monday morning, that would be eight.

Which brings us to the magic number of 27.

And how will that number go down? A combination of Brewer wins and Cardinal losses.

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Uecker to return to the booth Friday

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This is great news!

The Milwaukee Brewers have announced that Bob Uecker, the voice of the team for the last 40 years who had heart surgery in April, will return to the 620WTMJ Brewers broadcast booth at Miller Park to call games starting Friday.

Uecker will call the play-by-play with Cory Provus beginning with Friday’s Brewers game with the Washington Nationals at 6:35 p.m. on Newsradio 620 WTMJ.

Doctors at Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin repaired Uecker’s aortic aneurysm on April 30th, and he has spent most of the last three months recovering.

Uecker will give more details about his return at a press conference at 3:00 p.m. Friday before his return to the booth.

Uecker, the longtime voice of the Brewers on Newsradio 620 WTMJ, has been behind the microphone calling Major League Baseball games for more consecutive years than almost any active broadcaster. (Source: 620WTMJ)

Maybe it can provide the team with a spark.

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