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Jerry Howarth, radio voice of Blue Jays for 36 years, retires

Jerry Howarth, radio voice of Blue Jays for 36 years, retires
From CBC - February 13, 2018

Jerry Howarth, the radio broadcast voice of the Toronto Blue Jays for 36 years, is retiring.

Howarth, 71,is struggling with "health issues affecting his voice," a news release said, and his retirement as radio announceris effective immediately.

"I had every intention of continuing my career into the 2018 season, but my health and stamina and continuing voice issues dictated otherwise," Horwath is quoted as saying in the statement.

"Who knew that I would spend more than half my life in Toronto with my wife, Mary, and our two sons, Ben and Joe, doing what I love to do most, reaching out to friends and fans alike across our great country to talk baseball?"

Congratulations on a wonderful career, Jerry!

We wish you the best in retirement. #ThankYouJerry pic.twitter.com/bHI6dpUKgH

@BlueJays

The Blue Jays stalwart joined the club in 1981 and has broadcast an estimated 7,500 professional baseball games in his career. Anative of York, Pa., who was raised in San Francisco,Howarth began his broadcast career in 1974 with the Tacoma Twins of the Pacific Coast League.

Howarth called Toronto's back-to-back World Series victories in 1992 and 1993 with Tom Cheek, who died in 2005 from brain cancer.

News of @BlueJays radio legend Jerry Howarth's retirement fills me w/ great memories. As a kid, I'd tuck transistor radio under pillow to listen as Tom & Jerry called late-night games from West Coast. #ThankYouJerry! We were privileged to have you!

@Paul_TO

'The Blue Jays are in flight'

@ArthurJGallant

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