Recently, the Post’s Andrew Marchand spoke with Fox Sports play-by-player
Dick Stockton. He recently broadcast a Yankees-Red Sox game for the first
time at Fenway Park since he called the Bucky Dent 1978 playoff game.
Q: When you went back to
the Fenway booth last week, how vivid was the memory of the Bucky Dent
game for you?
A: As the Red Sox broadcaster
then, you wake up with nightmares screaming in the middle of the night.
But enough time has passed that now I’m much calmer.
Q: Do you remember the feeling
when that home run was hit, and then after the game?
A: Dent hit the home
run and that gave the Yankees the lead, but the Red Sox - who then fell
farther behind- had a chance to come back. The real drama of it was in
the ninth inning, when the tying run was at third and Carl Yastrzemski
was battling Goose Gossage and popped up to end the game.
Q: What would be the top
moment of your career?
A: Without question,
it was Carlton Fisk’s home run. Calling that home run in the sixth
game of the 1975 World Series.
Q: Do you think you and
your wife, CBS Sports’ Lesley Visser, are the most successful couple
in sportscasting history?
A: There are a couple
that are around, but as far as achieving, I know this: When you think
about all that she has achieved in covering Super Bowls, World Series
and Final Fours... For me, doing NBA championships, the Super Bowl (international
broadcasts), Olympics. She has covered Olympics too. I guess Hannah Storm
and Dan Hicks, but I don’t know if they have together achieved as
much volume as we have. I’ll let you decide.
Q: What was the best experience
you ever had with an athlete?
A: The best experience
was when I returned to do NBA basketball with Turner in the mid-90s. I
had done Michael Jordan’s 63-point game and had done all his games
when he broke into his career.
I was in San Antonio
and he came in from the Bulls’ hotel on his bike. He saw me and
he hugged me and it seemed like long lost friends.