On a blustery February day in Tulsa, Bob Carpenter demonstrated the same easy-going delivery and engaging personality that has made him one of the best baseball play-by-play voices in the nation.
Carpenter captivated an audience of some 65 or so during the Tulsa Sports Charities monthly luncheon, held, appropriately enough, at Tulsa’s ONEOK Field, home of the Texas League’s Tulsa Drillers.
The luncheon fare might not have included hot dogs or popcorn, but Carpenter served up a healthy portion of hot stove league anecdotes and dugout chatter.
Carpenter, who led off his career behind the microphone with the Tulsa Oilers, has handled the play-by-play duties for the Washington Nationals since their inaugural season in 2006.
He was employed by ESPN and handled several seasons of college basketball before leaving in 2004. He still calls a number of University of Oklahoma basketball games.
But his baseball roots run deep. He is in his 30th season as a big-league baseball broadcaster, having called the Cardinals (he won two Emmys while in St. Louis), Rangers, Mets and Twins before joining the Nationals.
Effortlessly, Carpenter strung together tales of baseball personalities ranging from the late Oilers owner A.Ray Smith to Cardinals legends Bob Gibson and Stan Musial. He recounted Mark McGwire’s home run chase of 1998 and the emergence in 2012 of Nationals rookie sensation Bryce Harper.
Carpenter never once referred to notes, never paused in search of a word or a phrase. His presentation was as smooth as a Warren Spahn windup and delivery.
Tulsa Sports Charities schedules similar luncheons monthly. For upcoming luncheons, and other events, continue to check this space.
For information concerning upcoming Tulsa Sports Charities functions, telephone Tommy Thompson, director, 918-645-4905.