Baseball Play-by-Play, Back in the Day

Former baseball announcer Charlie Brotman, left, with friend Tom Wiener.

Former baseball announcer Charlie Brotman, left, with friend Tom Wiener. StoryCorps hide caption

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Charlie Brotman, 77, was the stadium announcer for the Washington Senators Major League Baseball team from 1956 to 1971, when baseball left Washington, D.C. In the year that baseball has returned to the capital, Brotman mulls his first day on the job.

Despite the team leaving, Brotman stayed busy in Washington: the public-relations executive has emceed the presidential inaugural parades for the past 48 years. When the StoryCorps national tour stopped in Washington, Charlie was interviewed by his friend, Tom Wiener.

Two Cab Drivers Look Back

Cab driver Jimmy Beatrice, right, with his friend Andrew Vollo.

Cab driver Jimmy Beatrice, right, with his friend Andrew Vollo in New York. StoryCorps hide caption

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Driving a cab is still wonderful after nearly 60 years, says Jimmy Beatrice.

Willie Bly culls 40 years of experience to describe a memorable fare.

Loving Your Work

Deep connections to a rather unusual job are also evident in the stories of two New York City cab drivers: Willie Bly, 81, and Jimmy Beatrice, 78.

Bly, 81, started driving a taxi in New York City in 1949. He held a license to operate a cab in the city over the course of 40 years. Now retired, Bly still helps new drivers get started in the taxi business.

Jimmy Beatrice has driven a cab in New York City for 59 years. He and his friend Andrew Vollo stopped by the StoryCorps booth in Manhattan to discuss his work.

Stories from the StoryCorps oral history project can be heard every Friday on 'Morning Edition'.

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