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Hello, Friends!: Stories from My Life and Blue Jays Baseball

3.28  ·  Rating details ·  29 ratings  ·  12 reviews
An honest memoir about life, family, and baseball from the longtime, legendary Toronto Blue Jays radio broadcaster.

For 36 years, Jerry Howarth ushered in eternal hope each spring and thrived in the drive of each fall as the voice of the Toronto Blue Jays. In 1982, the lifelong avid sports fan joined Tom Cheek as full-time play-by-play radio announcer for the Blue Jays, and
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Hardcover, 360 pages
Published February 12th 2019 by ECW Press
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Lance
When a broadcaster does the games for one team for a long time, that person will have a vast collection of stories to share. That is the case for Jerry Howarth, who was a radio broadcaster for the Toronto Blue Jays from 1982 to 2017. He shares many of those stories and some about himself as well in this memoir.

As one might imagine, a person who has had the same job for 36 years will have a wide variety of stories to tell. Of course, he shares his recollections on famous moments in Blue Jays hist
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A Reader's Heaven
(I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)

For 36 years, Jerry Howarth ushered in eternal hope each spring and thrived in the drive of each fall as the voice of the Toronto Blue Jays. In 1982, the lifelong avid sports fan joined Tom Cheek as full-time play-by-play radio announcer for the Blue Jays, and for the next 23 years, “Tom and Jerry” were the voices of the franchise. Jerry became part of the fabric of a nation and a team, covering historic momen
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Andrew
A well-known comedian/actor whose love of baseball is legendary included his impressions of some Yankees legends in one of his books. The guy loved Mickey Mantle, despite his flaws. He did not like Joe Dimaggio, because of his. Perhaps this was because he knew the former well enough to see past the negatives and could focus on his good points. The latter, his only encounters were negative ones.

Jerry Howarth's new book, “Hello, Friends!” takes the approach that the aforementioned author took wit
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Prcs Rambharose
Feb 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Thanks for the ARC copy of this book from ECW Press.... This book is an In depth look on and off the field at the game of Baseball through the commentators and players points of view.....Jerry worked hard in the early stages of his Career by recording games, and then playing back commentary's on the tapes..
A good daily routine is essential for Jerry in Order to be a fine broadcastor, he broadcasts approx 162 games per season and before each game does a lot of preparation and research from his pl
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Girl Well Read
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
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A special thank you to Edelweiss and ECW Press for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Jerry Howarth has been the voice of the Toronto Blue Jays for 36 years. He has covered historic moments, like the rise of the Blue Jays through the 1980s that resulted in back-to-back World Series Championships in 1992 and 1993, and worked with the best in sports. His remarkable broadcasting career is legendary, evident in the tributes that poured in when he retired this past February.

In this book, Howarth
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Laurie Mackie
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Hello, Friends
Stories From My Life and
Blue Jays Baseball
Jerry Howarth
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
ECW Press

Though now retired (2017), the long-time play-by-play voice for the Toronto Blue Jays still has much to say. Hello, Friends is a rambling collection of anecdotal shorts in which Jerry Howarth recollects many of the memorable people, places, and events that shaped his life and career.

Born in York, Pennsylvania, Howarth recounts his circuitous route through childhood, teenage, and young adult year
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Teena in Toronto
Dec 15, 2018 rated it liked it
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Jerry Howarth is a former sportscaster. He was born in the U.S. and became a Canadian citizen in 1994. He is best known as the radio play-by-play voice of the Toronto Blue Jays from 1981 through the 2017 season.

Howarth started his career in Toronto where he worked part of the 1981 Blue Jays season as a commentator. In 1982, he joined Tom Cheek as his full-time play-by-play partner. For the next 23 years, "Tom and Jerry" would be the radio voices of the Blue Jays (Cheek passed away in 2005).

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Rebecca Maria
Mar 24, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is great for people who love baseball and the Blue Jays. There were many stories from Howarth's early childhood through his retirement. His stories from his days as a major league broadcaster are not only about Blue Jays players, but players from other teams as well so don’t think this book is only about the Jays. Howarth's unique stories really showcase what the league is really like, how the players are behind the scenes, and interesting statistics about the players and the league it ...more
Daniel Stern
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is great for people who love baseball and the Blue Jays. There were many stories from Howarth's early childhood through his retirement. His stories from his days as a major league broadcaster are not only about Blue Jays players, but players from other teams as well so don’t think this book is only about the Jays. Howarth's unique stories really showcase what the league is really like, how the players are behind the scenes, and interesting statistics about the players and the league it ...more
Chris
Apr 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Blue Jays baseball on the radio and Tom And Jerry are the fabric of my early days as a baseball fan. Tom and Jerry taught me the game that I really knew nothing about when I started watching around 1989.

My hope for this book was a warm, heart warming story of the the man behind the mic since the 80s. One of a handful that has seen the good, bad and ugly of the Toronto Blue Jays. What the book was, was a chronicle of Jerry Howarth’s time with the Blue Jays and small, intimate snippets of the pla
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Annie
Feb 08, 2019 rated it liked it
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Hello Friends! is a great book for baseball fans, especially fans of the Blue Jays. It is also an inspirational story for people thinking of a career in sports broadcasting.

Jerry included interesting facts about his life and how he got his start in sports broadcasting and found his own style. I was surprised to find out that he attended law school and was in the military.

He also has many behind-the-scenes stories of players, managers, coaches and baseball executives. I enjoyed the personal sto
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Martha
Apr 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Some good stories and tidbits. It pains to me say, though -- this book needed a good edit. There were so many clunky and awkward sentences, along with some basic errors (there's no such place as St. John, N.B.). It was also a bit repetitive and disorganized. I enjoyed it, but tripping over the writing itself was distracting.

Update: Having since heard Jerry speak and tell a few stories from Hello, Friends!, it definitely works better out loud.
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