Summer Sounds: The Ballpark On The Radio

This edition of the Summer Sounds series focuses on baseball on the radio. We hear from several listeners and from Car Talk co-host Ray Magliozzi, who says he liked listening to the Red Sox on the radio while sitting on his porch.

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MICHELE NORRIS, host: Now, a sporting Summer Sounds.

(SOUNDBITE OF VARIOUS SUMMER SOUNDS)

NORRIS: Since we first asked you, our listeners, about your favorite summer sounds, many of you have shared the same fond memory of baseball games on the radio.

(SOUNDBITE OF BASEBALL GAME)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Here comes the 1-0 pitch...

MELISSA BLOCK, host: For Sarah Carter of Campbell, New York, baseball is a kind of lullaby. She remembers the muffled voice of the baseball announcer as my dad watches TV and the soft flapping of the curtains in the cooling breeze.

NORRIS: Milwaukee listener, Rachel Glosh, listened while she was growing up in Mayville, North Dakota. She writes: My family was into Red Sox baseball because my dad's family grew up in Massachusetts, so during harvest, we'd listen to Sox games while riding in the combine or grain trucks. We'd all cheer if the Sox scored and boo if the Yankees scored.

BLOCK: Ray Magliozzi also has fond Red Sox memories. He grew up in Cambridge with his brother Tom. They're, of course, the CAR TALK guys and before they talked on public radio, they listened to baseball.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'll tell you, the last two afternoons here, you just couldn't have asked for more perfect weather.

RAY MAGLIOZZI: My favorite sound of summer is - it's evening.

TOM MAGLIOZZI: Yeah.

MAGLIOZZI: Crickets are chirping. There's a gentle breeze wafting, sitting on my porch. My brother's there, half asleep with a cigar burning a hole in his flannel shirt. We're listening to the Red Sox beat up on the Yankees. It just doesn't get better than that, does it?

MAGLIOZZI: No.

MAGLIOZZI: And the sound of: fire! That's summer in New England.

(SOUNDBITE OF BASEBALL GAME)

BLOCK: That's Car Talk's Ray Magliozzi with laugh support from brother Tom, talking about his favorite summer sound.

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BLOCK: You're listening to ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News.

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NORRIS: This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Michele Norris.

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