Late Blue Jays broadcaster Tom Cheek the 'voice of summer'

Veteran broadcaster Jon Miller (left) says he once tried to persuade Tom Cheek to join the Orioles'...

Veteran broadcaster Jon Miller (left) says he once tried to persuade Tom Cheek to join the Orioles' radio team. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFP/Files)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:02 PM ET

In Year I of the Blue Jays' existence, 12 games were televised.

Blue Jays in 30, Blue Jays Central, Sportsnet or TSN didn't exist in 1977.

"For our winter caravan, we'd have players like Bob Bailor, Rick Cerone, Sam Ewing and manager Roy Hartsfield," said Howard Starkman. "We'd arrive at a Rotary Club and Tom Cheek was like a rock star. Radio was king then.

"That's how people got their baseball fix then, the way people grew up listening to Ernie Harwell."


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