Pirates’ play-by-play announcer Lanny Frattare is retiring after 33 years in the booth. He took over for the legendary Bob Prince in 1976, and was the longest tenured broadcaster in the franchise’s 122-year history. There was no immediate word on a potential replacement.
This news really caught me off guard. I have never known a world in which Lanny’s words did not bring Pirate baseball into my home. Most of my best Pirate memories have his voice in the background. Lind to Bream in St. Louis to clinch the division in 1990. Mark Smith’s blast to cap the Cordova/Rincon no-hitter in 1997. Etc.
Pirate games will not be the same without Lanny in the booth. I wish I could have heard him call one more playoff game in my lifetime. Good luck, Lanny. Thank you for providing the soundtrack for my memories.