Bill Mazer, Sports activities Fixture in New York, Dies at 92

October 24th, 2013

Monthly bill Mazer, who was a voice and experience of athletics protection in New York for many years, revolutionary sports activities-talk radio and turning out to be a television fixture although earning the nickname the Amazin’ for his encyclopedic remember of sports information and figures, died on Wednesday in Danbury, Conn. He was ninety two.

His son, the actor Arnie Mazer, confirmed the dying, at Danbury Healthcare facility. The elder Mr. Mazer had lived in Scarsdale, N.Y., until finally shifting to an assisted-residing facility in Danbury two several years back.

When Mr. Mazer retired in 2009, he experienced invested a lot more than sixty years in broadcasting — twenty of them as a nightly sports activities anchor and the host of the weekend roundup “Sports Extra” on WNEW-Television set, Channel five. Ahead of then he experienced been a host of sporting activities-chat radio when the very thought of the format was new.

He ranged outside of sporting activities occasionally in radio job interview packages with figures from all walks of daily life, but sports was his enthusiasm and experienced been given that he was developing up in Brooklyn. For a time, even though attending a yeshiva, he envisioned becoming a rabbi.

But he also performed punchball and manufactured Ebbets Field his second property. Sports activities received out. As he place it long afterward, unearthing the memory of a Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher of the 1930s with a fantastic fastball and a musical identify: “I was paying more consideration to Van Lingle Mungo than I was to Moses.”

Mr. Mazer experienced been masking sports activities at radio and Television stations in Buffalo for sixteen years when he was employed by WNBC-AM in March 1964. It was unveiling an revolutionary chat structure.

“Here, Go Nag WNBC!” the station said in a March 1964 ad. “Listen to the Latest Seem in New York — your very own voice and your neighbor’s — on WNBC Radio, 660 on the dial.”

The station invited listeners to decide up their phones and “talk sports activities with Invoice Mazer from 4:thirty-6 p.m.”

Mr. Mazer held down the athletics contact-in location whilst other people, which includes Brad Crandall, Extended John Nebel and Large Wilson, fielded phone calls on just about anything else.

Following many a long time at WNBC, Mr. Mazer experienced a common job interview program on WOR-AM and supplied coloration commentary for the CBS tv network’s hockey sport of the week. He also did commentary for the Knicks, the Nets, the Rangers and the Islanders just before shifting to WNEW-Tv set in 1971 and anchoring its nightly sporting activities protection.

It was the information anchor, John Roland, who proclaimed Mr. Mazer the Amazin’ following Mr. Roland started out tossing him arcane athletics concerns in the course of the broadcasts, the answers to which he practically invariably realized.

Mr. Mazer was also the host of lunchtime job interview programs from Mickey Mantle’s restaurant on Central Park South for WFAN for several many years right after it made its debut as an all-sports station in 1987.

“I never consider of it as an job interview,” he told Newsday in 1988. “I think of it as a dialogue. I expose a portion of myself, and I think that assists a guest open up up.”

He was born Morris Mazer on Nov. 2, 1920, in what is now Izyaslav, Ukraine, and moved with his loved ones to Brooklyn when he was an infant. His father worked in a kosher poultry market. His mother took the boy and his close friends to Ebbets Discipline to see the Dodgers and occasionally to the Polo Grounds to see the Giants. But his father, like many new immigrants, regarded sports as a time-squandering frivolity.

As Mr. Mazer related it in “Bill Mazer’s Amazin’ Baseball Book” (1990), created with Stan and Shirley Fischler: “When I introduced my baseball chat back again residence, my father invariably reacted as if I were speaking about the manufacture of plutonium.”

Right after attending Yeshiva College Large University for Boys in Manhattan, Mr. Mazer graduated from the University of Michigan, where he played freshman basketball and wrote about sports activities for the college student newspaper.

He labored briefly as a staff announcer at a radio station in Grand Rapids, Mich., prior to turning into an officer in the Army Air Forces transportation command in Entire world War II.

The sportscaster Marty Glickman, whom Mr. Mazer achieved even though in military support, suggested him for his 1st major sports slot, at a Buffalo radio station in 1948.

Mr. Mazer usually teamed with John Dockery, the previous Jets soccer participant, on WNEW’s “Sports Added.” As co-hosts, they reviewed sporting activities highlights but also received into debates, in which Mr. Mazer supplied considerably of the enthusiasm.

“He gesticulates, he frowns, he tilts his head, he throws his fingers up,” Gerald Eskenazi wrote in the Tv Sports column in The New York Occasions in 1985. “Dockery, on the other hand, is the restrained, respectful pupil, typically permitting an incredulous grin to cross his experience when Mazer has absent too much.”

Mr. Mazer afterwards had a morning radio show on WEVD for about 10 a long time, interviewing anyone who fascinated him. His first visitor was New York’s governor, Mario M. Cuomo. Right after WEVD became an ESPN station, he moved on to WVOX Radio in New Rochelle, N.Y., and remained with it until finally his retirement.

In addition to his son, Mr. Mazer is also survived by his daughters Francine Siegel and Beverly Mazer a sister, Frances Zussman two grandchildren and two wonderful-grandchildren. His wife, Dora, identified as Dutch, died in 1996.

Mr. Mazer’s boyhood idol, Van Lingle Mungo, grew to become the title of a music by the singer, pianist and songwriter Dave Frishberg, consisting fully of previous-time ballplayers’ names. Mungo, who died in 1985, gained one hundred twenty video games and misplaced a hundred and fifteen with the Dodgers and the Giants, and he led the Countrywide League in strikeouts with 238 in 1936. It is a reasonable guess that the Amazin’ would have known those figures without obtaining to search them up.

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