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Bob Lind, Published March 21 2011

Lind: Dealing with mighty Manny

Spring is here. That means that soon the F-M RedHawks and other baseball teams will be playing.

Which brings to mind emails Neighbors has received in the wake of a column about Manny Marget, who did the radio play-by-play for the old F-M Twins, including their away games when he read the action from a Teletype.

John Ingersoll, Bremerton, Wash., writes, “I remember (Manny’s) voice and sports broadcasts from the ’50s. Roger Maris also announced on KVOX for a summer, but he wasn’t as good as Manny.

“You report that Manny (and all other radio broadcasters) announced the away game using the Teletype. My uncle, Ike Ingersoll, was a telegrapher for Western Union and he took me to a ballgame at Barnett Field (where the Twins played). His job was to telegraph the game to the ‘away’ team. The radio announcer at that end would read the text and broadcast exactly as you described.

“Ike would send special words or numbers to the receiving broadcaster. (They) were codes which the announcers could read and interpret.”

“I was too young to see and remember any of this,” John says, “but I imagine something like this: 23 ab, sing 1 (meaning) number 23 at bat and singles. The announcer could jazz up the description as he went.”

“Thanks for the memories,” John concludes.

Mighty Manny

Memories for Del Larson, Moorhead, include those of Manny broadcasting basketball games.

“In the early 1970s,” Del writes, “I was a cub reporter for Forum sports. I was assigned to cover a Concordia College basketball game, my first college game.

“I sat next to Manny who was on the far right side next to the visitors’ bench.

“Manny treated me like a professional. He even asked me questions in the pre-game.

“The game was close and exciting, although I don’t remember the (visiting) school.”

That teams’ coaches “were quite vocal and were swearing,” Del says. “Manny asked them to calm down because he was on radio, but the coaches ignored him.

“Finally, Manny stood up and shouted that he may be an old man, but he would knock their blocks off if they swore one more time.

“Needless to say, that worked.”

“I had always enjoyed listening to Manny,” Del says, “but he also had my respect for standing up for his beliefs.”

Yes, you didn’t mess with Manny.

If you have an item of interest for this column, mail it to Neighbors, The Forum, Box 2020, Fargo, ND 58107; fax it to 241-5487; or email blind@forumcomm.com