Larry Munson, Hall of Famer

  “Run, Lindsay, run!”

   “Oh, look at the sugar falling out of the sky!”

   “We just stepped on their face with a hobnail boot and broke their nose! We just crushed their face!”

   Larry Munson’s soundtrack comes to mind because on Monday night he’ll be inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame.

    Munson won’t travel to Salisbury, N.C., for the ceremony, but he has videotaped an acceptance message to be played in his absence.

   Wes Durham, the Georgia Tech and Falcons radio play-by-play man, and Tony Barnhart, ajc.com’s “Mr. College Football,” will be on hand to accept the award for Munson.

   “It’s an honor that is obviously richly deserved,” Durham said yesterday.  “Larry is an icon in this business.

   “He is one of a handful of guys in this country who brought the passion and pageantry of college football to life on the radio. His style is one that can’t be replicated.”

   Barnhart, by the way, is working on a book with Munson, scheduled for publication later this year. Working title is “From Herschel to a Hobnail Boot: The Life and Times of Larry Munson.”

   “It’s told in Larry’s voice, which is a fun voice to write in,” Tony said.

   Munson, who called the play-by-play of UGA football games on radio from 1966 until his retirement for health reasons last fall, was elected to the Hall of Fame by a nationwide vote of National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association members. He’ll join about 80 sports media stars in the Hall of Fame, which began in 1962 with the induction of legendary sportswriter Grantland Rice.

   Sportscasters in the Hall of Fame include Vin Scully, Keith Jackson, Harry Caray, Howard Cosell, Jim McKay, Ernie Harwell, Al Michaels, Chick Hearns, Mel Allen and Lindsey Nelson. Sportswriters in the Hall include Furman Bisher, Frank Deford, Red Smith, Jim Murray, Edwin Pope, Dan Jenkins and Shirley Povich.

   It’s great company that Munson is joining.

   And great company that is joining them.

 

   Around Bulldog Nation: Georgia’s Courtney Kupets won the Honda Sports Award as the nation’s top collegiate gymnast. She also won the award in 2007. . . . Cornerback Ramarcus Brown signed with the San Diego Chargers, the team said yesterday. He became the sixth member of the 2008 Bulldogs to sign with an NFL team as an undrafted free agent. Add that to the six drafted Dogs. . . . Maybe it’s just as well that Georgia’s baseball team has no more games this season against Jacksonville State. The Bulldogs went 0-2 against Jax State, losing on the road last week and at home last night. Georgia gave up nine runs in the ninth inning last night to lose 16-8.

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Cuz

April 30th, 2009
7:25 am

Larry is part of the soundtrack of my life. I remember sitting in that 1978 Pontiac Gran Prix listening to him say, “My God, a freshman!” Well deserved kudos Larry.

athens dawg

April 30th, 2009
7:58 am

My favorite munson call is one probably most people don’t remember. We were on the goal line and Rodney Hampton dove over the pile to score a touchdown. Larry called the play, and then there was a moment of silence…

“My God, the way he dove over that pile looks just like you know who.”

Finchdawg

April 30th, 2009
8:07 am

Aw, come on Tim, can’t you get the quote right? It’s, “We just STEPPED on their face with a hobnail boot and broke their nose!” Congratulations, Larry!

ACC Football=SEC Basketball

April 30th, 2009
8:08 am

Well deserved honor for Mr. Munson. For the life of me I can not figure out how Loran Smith was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in Macon before Larry Munson. Does anyone have any reason for that?

hop

April 30th, 2009
8:17 am

loran smith voted ahead of munson is a crime,besides how did loran last so long on the georgia radio. he has an horrible voice and ask the worse questions, just ask coach jim donnan.

MiltonDawg

April 30th, 2009
8:30 am

IT would be great if you could get Munson’s famous quotes as a ring tone or message reminder. Congrats Larry!! Great to hear about the Dawgs moving on from UGA. I really like Southerland at NYJ.
Tim, any updates from Athens? Workout sessions, weigh-ins, any off field trouble?? I guess sometimes no news is good news.

Terrance Cody

April 30th, 2009
8:56 am

Cuz, were you wearing an REO Speedwagon shirt?

Pago Flyer

April 30th, 2009
9:10 am

Please don’t tell us the Diamond Dawgs are waaay over ranked!

Whby the heck...

April 30th, 2009
9:38 am

…is the GT play by play guy one of the ones accepting the award for Larry? Nothing against Wes (his Dad, Woody, is another 40+ year broadcaster as the “voice of the Tar Heels” – hopefully Woody will be inducted soon), but that is just not right – unless Larry asked him to do it?!?!?!?!

Right On Time

April 30th, 2009
10:00 am

Larry in the HOF is a no-brainer. He was the best ever. Just think, some people were moaning about not hearing Ed Thilenius when Munson took over.

By the way, he and Wes are fairly close so his representing Larry is not really that much of a suprise. Wes is actually the only thing I like that has any assosiation with tech.

Tim Tucker

April 30th, 2009
10:19 am

Whyby the heck: Larry asked Wes and Tony to accept the award for him. They’re going to drive up on Monday to do so.
Finchdawg: I corrected that. Thank you.

Blindog

April 30th, 2009
10:27 am

We just stepped on their face with a hobnail boot and broke their nose, we CRUSHED their face! That is what was said,I know because it’s on my Larry Munson bobble head.Great work, Tim you da man!

NWGA Dawg

April 30th, 2009
10:36 am

“Cuz” summed it up nicely above. To me, Larry Munson was the soundtrack of autumn. I’m glad my sons were able to grow up listening to him just like I did. My UT alumnus wife even grew to love Larry’s play-by-play. Here’s to you Larry.

Cuz

April 30th, 2009
10:59 am

Terrance, I was wearing camo’s. I had just finished a dove shoot that day. I never had an REO shirt but I had several Allman Brothers shirts.

“Man is there going to be some property damaged tonight!”

uga_b

April 30th, 2009
11:16 am

The SEC has been so fortunate to have so many great voices and coaches. That is the reason it is so popular. It’s sad to lose the voices, but it is nice to see them get their recognition. We have the coaches again, where will be the next great voice?

I want a voice that sounds like gravel and understands the theater and the ebbs and flows without interjecting pointless opinion and trying to overplay the storylines. And yes, this means you Collinsworth.

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AGTFan

April 30th, 2009
11:33 am

Even as a GT fan, I can’t think of anyone more deserving. In some ways Larry was the ultimate “homer” of a sportscaster. I don’t mean that in any kind of negative way. I want the sportscaster for my team to be a passionate fan of that team. No one conveyed their passion about a team better than Larry Munson. And even though he so thoroughly pulled for the DAWGS on very play, managed to maintain some objectivity. I can remember more than a few times where he commented that “WE got a break there”, when a questionable call went UGA’s way. You guys were lucky to have him.

Otto

April 30th, 2009
11:43 am

Larry deserves to be let in and like others I remember listening to many games with Larry. We would listen at the game or when we could not travel to the away games even if it was on TV. How many radio guys do you hear about now that get turned up and the TV put on mute?

Wes was at Larry’s roast a couple of year back and did a great job. I hate to say it but Wes maybe better than UGA’s current crew (not that they are bad). GT fans enjoy him while he is calling the games.

Bob

April 30th, 2009
11:47 am

For those that were not so connected: Wes and Larry did Falcon games together and developed a relationship there so asking him to accept it for him is not out of left field.

murfdawg

April 30th, 2009
11:49 am

Munson made you feel part of the game. Begging Lindsay to run,begging fans to hunker down one more time and when we did, he breathlessly told us old lady luck smiled on us again. Listening to Munson was sometimes better than going to the game. I will really miss his calls.

TheStinger

April 30th, 2009
11:56 am

Was Larry at the theatre when the professor shot those folks?

Right On Time

April 30th, 2009
12:31 pm

Otto:

It is not a “maybe” it is definitive. Wes is one of the best right now. Even though he is currently a techster, I would take him for UGA right now as a replacement for the current crew.

Jim

April 30th, 2009
12:42 pm

Someone should make a highlight reel of Larry’s calls of on field disasters, too. He captured moments of despair at least as well as he captured moments of exultation. I remember a home loss to Ole Miss a week after we finally beat Florida a few years back. When it because clear defeat was inevitable, Larry growled, “And hard waves of nausea sweep across the stadium.”

Awesome.

TechTony

April 30th, 2009
12:43 pm

While it wasn’t always clear where the ball was on the field or where it was going, no one in the history of broadcasting has ever put his own stamp on his brand than Larry Munson. In time, he’ll rank ahead of Dooley, Richt or anyone else in the annals of UGA athletics, high praise indeed.

Steve

April 30th, 2009
12:52 pm

Name something after him before he leaves us. What are they waiting for? By the way, I am a Tech fan.

HH

April 30th, 2009
12:55 pm

If Richt were as good a coach as Munson was a broadcaster, then UGA’s footba

HH

April 30th, 2009
12:56 pm

continued…. then UGA’s football team would be in much better shape.

HH

April 30th, 2009
12:58 pm

continued….football program would be a hell of a lot better off.

DawginLex

April 30th, 2009
1:01 pm

Munson is a one of a kind. He got away with being a homer because he was “grandfathered” in. New guys can’t do that.

He can also make you nervous describing how the grass is growing. Truly a legend. One of a kind.

Spike

April 30th, 2009
1:01 pm

“Rex Robinson out of Marietta, Georgia!!” UGA at Kentucky, 1978.

Jim

April 30th, 2009
1:07 pm

Someone refresh my memory. I don’t remember when, where, or who it was, but I remember this Munson call, a cry of agony, as though someone had ripped out one of his vital organs:

‘DRRROPPPED!”

lakerat

April 30th, 2009
1:29 pm

My favorite call was in 1983, when Kevin Butler kicked the 61 yard field goal to beat Clemson – (”there’s the snap, the kick” – then a seemingly long pause, then, – “Oh, my God, Oh my God…” He never did say whether the kick was good or not!!!

DawginLex

April 30th, 2009
1:38 pm

Jim,

If you are being serious it was florida 2002 Terence Edwards across the middle could have caught it we could have scored and gone undefeated and played for the national title but richt had to put dj in to throw that pick but i’m not bitter about it at all…………………………

Cuz

April 30th, 2009
1:41 pm

The Auburn game when we sewed up the SEC. “Oh look at the Sugar falling out of the sky!” I was sitting on a porch on South Milledge with about seventy of my closest friends. We all looked up.

Stinger

April 30th, 2009
1:45 pm

I am gay and all tech fans love tickle piles and giving rusty trombones.

uga_b

April 30th, 2009
2:03 pm

I thought they already named Red Baron Pizza and Miller Lite after Larry. The official pizza of the Georgia Bulldogs! The official beer of the Georgia Bulldogs!

I just broke my chair…

Cuz

April 30th, 2009
2:53 pm

A steel folding chair with about a three inch cushion.

Diggity Dawg

April 30th, 2009
3:32 pm

Butler v. Clemson was ‘84 (my freshman year), and it was my first exposure to Larry. I remember walking back up Baxter Hill and every car had the call on.

RAMBLE ON!!!

April 30th, 2009
3:34 pm

NewnanDawg

April 30th, 2009
4:01 pm

Here’s the quote, name the game – “The whole stadium is standing up, Roaring against us……………….except for that little bunch on the other side”

Unfortunately, if you can’t remember hearing it the way he said it, they all lose a little in translation.

Congrats Larry – we miss having you in the booth already!

shane#1

April 30th, 2009
4:02 pm

Cuz, do those Allman Brothers shirts still fit? Larry is a great one for sure, a well deserved honor. Ramble On, taking shots at the elderly could get you a spot in the Haters Hall of Fame. Why can’t you try to show a little class? You can always fake it ’till you make it. BTW, I did not see Keith Jackson’s name on the list, surely you jest. No Tim, I did not call you Shirley.

Stinger

April 30th, 2009
4:04 pm

I love me a tickle pile.

Cuz

April 30th, 2009
4:38 pm

If I still had those shirts they would fit shane. I still have my Russell AGR frat jersey and it still fits. There was a point where it did not, but losing a needed 15 lbs got it back.

“You gave up, I did too.” The man was talking to every individual dawg fan as if he was on the phone with us instead of talking on the radio. This will never be done again.

I agree that Tech has a treasure in Wes.

Mikey

April 30th, 2009
4:57 pm

I pulled over to the side of the road in my 1968 Mustang fastback when Larry said “Run Lindsey Run”.I was in Riverdale, GA at the time.
I had to or else I would have drove right into oncoming traffic.
That’s the way I remember Larry calling our games- it was without a doubt the most awesome call of them all.
“I came right through my chair”

Larry, we all came through our chairs. Congratulations on this well deserved honor.
GO DAWGS!!

Cuz

April 30th, 2009
6:01 pm

Mikey we ran out of our house on South Millidge and stopped traffic after Larry finished that soliloquy. Back then before the bypass it was 441 South. A cop came up the sidewalk and gave us incoherent fools a ticket for rioting in the street. He came back five minutes later while we were celebrating on the sidewalk, tore up the ticket and said, “Stay out of the street!”

We couldn’t have done it without you Larry.

BS Patrol

April 30th, 2009
7:13 pm

Larry was fun to listen to no doubt with the “we” & “the other guy”. But even doggie fans who ever watched on TV and listened to Larry at the same time would have to admit he didn’t know a dive from a draw. Neither did Ciraldo. You could tell more just by listening to the crowd noise.

Mikey

April 30th, 2009
7:20 pm

That’s awesome, Cuz!

Another great one:
I was in my room listening when Kevin Butler made the kick.
Oh my god…oh my god….
We knew it was good. Nothing else had to be said.
We ran out in the yard yelling like fools…

santa cruz dawg

April 30th, 2009
8:02 pm

Larry was the best ever. Even my California friends liked him when I had the game on the internet. They would laugh and say he made Georgia’s games exciting.

Bo Williams

April 30th, 2009
8:28 pm

I am tar heel born and bred, but I love Mr. UGA Larry Munson.

SugarHillDawg

April 30th, 2009
9:45 pm

We were and are lucky to have Ol’Larry do the games for so long and I think everyone should say good bye to him while we can. I just have a bad feeling he won’t be around much longer.