Kansas sportscaster calls it quits after 62 years

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March 4, 2019 - 10:08 AM

Baker sportscaster Tom Hedrick and his wife Lee pose after being honored at his last Baker basketball broadcast. GREG ECHLIN/KCUR 89.3

Baker University’s play-by-play announcer Tom Hedrick signed off for good after Wednesday’s basketball game between the Baker Wildcats and Mid-America Nazarene in Olathe, Kansas.  

It ended a 62-year career, one that had him announcing everything from the Kansas City Chiefs’ only Super Bowl win to KU basketball to Cincinnati Reds games. But Hedrick is just as well-known as a professor, teaching budding sportscasters about the business.  

“My dad was a Methodist preacher.  But he was a type of guy who taught at Boston University, School of Theology,” Hedrick said, adding “My mother was a music teacher, so that’s in my blood.”

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