TORONTO - TV Labatt had planned a meeting headed by John Hudson with on-air talent Tom Cheek and Tony Kubek after selling a handful of Blue Jays games to Super Channel in 1982.
Kubek remembers the first meeting going like this ...
Cheek: “What do you want me to do, Tony?”
Kubek: “No, Tom, I should be asking you what you want me to do? The most important part of any broadcast is the play-by-play man. Do the same thing on TV as you did on radio. You are THE guy. You get us on the air. You get us off the air. I’m the analyst ... I can make things up. Tom, you can’t make stuff up.”
Cheek is this year’s Ford C. Frick winner for excellence in broadcasting. His wife Shirley will accept the award at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown eight days from now on Sat., July 27.
Peter Bavasi’s hire of Kubek, the former New York Yankees shortstop, gave the expansion Jays instant credibility in 1977.