Legendary broadcaster Jaime Jarrin gives Tom Cheek high praise

Hall of Fame broadcaster Jaime Jarrn. (Getty Images)

Hall of Fame broadcaster Jaime Jarrn. (Getty Images)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:42 PM ET

TORONTO - Jaime Jarrín has seen enough baseball that he is seldom shocked.

The Los Angeles Dodgers Spanish language broadcaster, who came to work every day for 22 seasons, was surprised.

From 1962 to 1984, Jarrín called 3,975 consecutive Dodgers games.

“I never paid attention to the streak, then one day my boss called me in and said ‘Jaime we went through all the material, you have the longest consecutive-game streak in broadcasting,’ ” said Jarrin in Phoenix during the World Baseball Classic.

A Ford C. Frick winner, Jarrin has had a vote to elect the next winner each year since 1999.

“The thing is, I thought I had the record — 3,975 — and then I read the bio information on the ballot for Tom Cheek a few years ago,” said Jarrin, remembering his surprise.

Cheek worked 4,306 games in a row, plus 41 in post-season play, from the Blue Jays game home opener on April 7, 1977 until June 3, 2004 when he took two days off for the death of his father.


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