Past & Present: In the booth, a history of Rockies broadcasters

Justin Edmonds

Taking a look back at the men who have called Rockies games on TV.

The Chicago White Sox are coming to town for the second series of the season at Coors Field, and they are bringing with them broadcaster Ken "Hawk" Harrelson. Say what you will about Harrelson, you definitely know when he's calling a game and, quite frankly, how many other team's play-by-play guys can you name off the top of your head?

With one of the game's more famous (or infamous) TV broadcasters coming to town, here's a trip down memory lane looking at the seven men that have called Rockies games on local TV in the team's 22-year history, along with some of their most famous calls.

Charlie Jones (1993-1995)

The Rockies first play-by-play man was the legendary Charlie Jones. Better known for his commentary on NFL games, he won the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Pete Rozelle Award in 1997, Jones had previous experience as a baseball commentator with the Reds in 1973 and the Angels in 1990 before his three seasons with the Rockies.

Jones' call of Eric Young's leadoff home run in the home opener in 1993 remains most of the most iconic in franchise history, and he called the team's first playoff run in 1995. Jones returned to calling football games, this time at the college level for ABC Sports from 1999-2001 before his death from a heart attack in 2008 at age 77.

Duane Kuiper (1993)

Jones' partner in the KWGN booth for the Rockies' inaugural season was former Indians and Giants second baseman Duane Kuiper. After his playing career ended in 1985, Kuiper moved into the booth for the Giants starting in 1987, staying with the team for six seasons before moving to call a season in Colorado.

Kuiper is back in San Francisco calling games with Mike Krukow in the Giants' booth. His broadcast work with the Giants has earned him five Emmy awards.

Dave Campbell (1994-1997)

Kuiper was replaced in the Rockies' TV booth by another former infielder in Dave Campbell, who stayed with the club for four seasons. In addition to his duties with the Rockies, Campbell appeared on ESPN's Baseball Tonight throughout the 1990s.

When the Rockies moved to Fox Sports Rocky Mountain, a cable station, a clause in his contract with ESPN kept him from remaining in the team's booth. He stayed on at ESPN working both Baseball Tonight and radio calls of Sunday Night Baseball until his retirement in 2010.

Dave Armstrong (1996-2001)

The voice of the Rockies in the late '90s was Dave Armstrong. Armstrong had been with the Royals from 1993-1995 and had been noted for calling Big 12 basketball games since the late 1980s. One of Armstrong's more notable calls as a Rockies broadcaster was of catcher Brent Mayne's win on the mound against the Braves in 2000.

Since leaving the Rockies after the 2001, Armstrong has focused on calling college basketball for ESPN regional networks, focusing on the Big 12. He has also called NFL games sporadically throughout his career.

George Frazier (1998-2014)

When the Rockies needed a new color analyst for the 1998 season, they turned to former relief pitcher and noted lover of mayonnaise on hot dogs George Frazier. Frazier, who won a World Series with the Twins in 1987, has called Rockies games on TV longer than anyone else.

Frazier is still with the Rockies and ROOT Sports, having just begun his 17th season with the club. The Rockies drafted Frazier's son Parker in the 2007 draft, giving George the opportunity to call his son in several Spring Training games.

Drew Goodman (2002-2014)

After Armstrong's departure from the play-by-play role after the 2001 season, the Rockies turned to veteran broadcaster Drew Goodman to fill the role. Goodman joined Prime Sports Rocky Mountain, which would become ROOT Sports Rocky Mountain, in 1988 when the company launched and called Denver Nuggets games from 1994-2004 for the network. He has also called a good number of University of Colorado basketball games for the network over the years.

Goodman is entering his 13th season as the Rockies play-by-play man and his voice has become somewhat synonymous with the team, especially given his calls of the team's successes in recent years, including Troy Tulowitzki's unassisted triple play and the franchise's only no-hitter.

Jeff Huson (2006-2014)

An addition to Goodman and Frazier in the booth in recent years has been former Major League infielder Jeff Huson. Working with the Rockies was the Wyoming native's first job in broadcasting after a 13-year playing career. He has split color analyst duties with Frazier over the last few years, along with reporting from field level and handling pregame and postgame duties.

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