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Dan Kelly Was The Voice Of The Blues And Beyond

from Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

For a generation of St. Louis hockey fans who were learning what the NHL was all about in the Blues’ infancy, Dan Kelly was their tour guide. He became the team’s radio voice in its second season and not only educated listeners but hooked them with his simple, yet electric, signature goal call.

“He shoots ... he SCORRRES!”

But it was Kelly who also scored, as he developed into one of the most iconic sportscasters in a city that has produced an inordinate number of nationally known figures. And like many of those on a list that includes Harry Caray, Jack Buck, Joe Garagiola, Jay Randolph, Dan Dierdorf, Bob Costas, Gary Bender and Joe Buck, Kelly reached the big time.

His epic run lasted 21 seasons, and it now has been a quarter century since his voice was silenced. It was 25 years ago Monday that he died, at age 52, from cancer.


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RockWestfall711's avatar

The best there ever was at any sport.  Painted hidef picture on radio.  Loved his CBS work as a kid.  In days without US TV NHL games, he was all I had and all I needed.  THE BEST!

Posted by RockWestfall711 from Las Vegas on 02/14/14 at 01:26 PM ET

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