Steve Zabriskie
Steve Zabriskie
Born: May 13, 1947 at Palo Alto, Cal.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 6.03 Weight: 235

Steve Zabriskie was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on April 23, 2010, May 14, 2010, and June 23, 2012.

Non-playing roles with Mets
  • Broadcaster: Television 1983 - 1989

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April 21, 2002
I remember some George O'leary-like tendencies and being called on it in a Phil Mushnick column entitled, "Shame on you, Steve Zabriskie."

Mr. Sparkle
April 26, 2002
I thought Steve was pretty damn good and I couldn't figure out why the Mets dumped him. He was a perfect compliment to Kiner and McCarver and they were the best team since Lindsey Nelson left and after living through the horror that was Brown/ Lamar/ Albert. I could have sworn I saw his name attached to a play of some sort in some newspaper but I'm not sure. He did star as himself in "The Program" a football movie with James Caan.

NJ Tank
May 18, 2002
I liked Steve Z. I always thought he was a good PBP man, I still can't figure out why the Mets dumped him. Still more I can't understand how he never got another job. It's like he completely disappeared.

June 11, 2002
I remember this clown. Specifically, I remember his call of the Eastern Division clinching game in 1986, which he totally, comprehensively blew. It was like he had nothing prepared. Instead of stating the obvious ("And the Mets are Eastern Division champs") he muttered something bizarre and irrelevant. No wonder he was shown the door.

Joe Figliola
September 17, 2002
My favorite Steve Zabriskie call came in 1986, when he was about to call the final out in what was going to be a Mets loss to the Reds:

"High fly to fly, Parker's under it. He makes the?NOOOOOOOO! He dropped the ball..."

I liked him; he complimented Tim and Ralph in the booth. But when you saw him on TV, he reminded me of a cardboard cutout.

Bob mercier
April 16, 2003
I felt Steve Zabriskie was a good announcer for the Mets. I did not know that the Mets fired him. I thought that he left the Mets after the 1989 season so he could become one of ESPN's play-by-play announcers when their coverage of baseball began in 1990. I do rememeber Steve Zabriskie announcing a lot of ESPN's Major League baseball telecasts from 1990 to 1993. Since the 1993 season ended, it seems like Steve disappered.

What is Steve Zabriskie doing now? Maybe he should come back to announce the Mets games again, since it has been a long time and also since he's not with ESPN any longer.

Bob P
April 16, 2003
According to a website I found via a search engine, here is the latest on Steve Zabriskie:

STEVE ZABRISKIE - who did sports at WTAE-TV in the '70s, lives in North Carolina and has written a baseball instructional book for kids called "Be a Hitter."

The website above seems to have been updated no later than 2000. I checked on and the book was published in 1997.

I thought Steve worked well with Timmy and Ralph in the 80s. He never seemed to have the star power that ESPN was looking for though.

Steve, if you're out there, please let us know what you're doing. You were a true professional as well as a stright man for the comedy team of Kiner and McCarver. I remember a long discussion between Steve and Tim during a doubleheader in the mid 80s about how one roll of dental floss is a lifetime supply!! Just hearing your name reminds me of the very-long-gone glory days of the Davey Johnson era!

Big Vin from Staten Island
July 23, 2003
Steve was a good guy and I remember that he had a hearty laugh whenever Ralphie Boy got off a good one. McCarver and Steve drew Ralph out and ressurected all the stories and knowledge he had in his gray matter. I didn't understand either why Steve was let go. I was sorry to see him go.

October 13, 2003
I thought that Zabriskie was very professional when he was on-air with Ralph. However, once paired with McCarver, he became a blithering idiot. The adolescent blabbering between Zabriskie and McCarver made me listen to Murph on the radio while watching the game on the TV.

Ralphy Wiggum
February 2, 2004
Good ol' Steve Zabriskie! Actually Steve got canned because he had allegedly lied on his resume. I think since he was becoming a major broadcaster in his own right with ESPN college football games and so on that his resume had begun getting around and led him to being red flagged. He was a fine broadcaster and among my favorites.

September 24, 2004
Steve Zabriskie seemed like a good man but he was not a great announcer. Above someone mention his butchered playoff call, I don’t recall exactly what he said but he did screw it up. He hesitated and basically did not deliver any message.

Jonathan Stern
January 18, 2005
Zabriskie shared the booth with Rusty Staub in the division clinching game. I remember him saying to Le Grande Orange something to the effect that he must wish he was still a member of the team. This elicted a long, rambling response from Staub that nearly stopped the broadcast in its tracks.

Mike Friedman
February 25, 2005
I remember meeting Steve at the Mets Fantasy Camp I attended in 1992 and how he blended in as one of the guys. He also did a great job organizing the camp and the player and coach introductions.

April 2, 2005
Man this is hilarious. I was a Zabriske fan and also wondered what happened to him. I'm pretty sure he was a "hot commodity" as an announcer back in the day and I figured he'd be a featured guy for many years but then he just disappeared. I have to absolutely LMAO at the guy who commented that he butchered the division winning call in 1986. That might be the worst division winning call in history. For some reason I remember his call included something like "while the regular season is not over...". It was simply atrocious. It's also very funny because the Mets video ("A Season To Remember") used Bob Murphy's call (which was so-so) instead of Zabriske's.

I don't want to give a negative impression of the guy though. I thought he was a very solid announcer.

Steve Zabriskie
November 6, 2005
A friend told me about this site and suggested that I respond to those of you who have been kind enough to wonder where I am and what I'm doing. In contacting the Webmaster, he felt it would be best to just post my response here for anyone to read. It may be lengthy as I will also address the blown call of the '86 clincher and the Phil Mushnick article since they seem to have drawn some comments.

My wife and I still live in the Orlando area where we have resided in the same home for the past 21 years. Our three daughters are grown with two of them married. I retired from broadcasting at the end of 1996 although I did do some baseball in '97 and ABC Sports asked me to come back and televise one college fb game in '97. I enjoyed more than 32 years as a sportscaster but was ready to devote my time to other things.

After leaving the Mets at the end of the '89 season, I broadcast MLB and college basketball for ESPN for 4 years. Then, in an effort to further reduce the number of events, I did games for The Baseball Network for the two seasons ('94 & '95) that the network existed. In '96 and '97 I was asked to do 25 to 30 games per year for Red Sox TV and that sort of wrapped things up. More than 30 years on TV for a guy who has the perfect face for radio!

With respect to the Mets clinching game of the '86 regular season, I apologized a couple of times on the air back then but let me take this opportunity now to do so to any Mets fans who visit this site. To this day, I still don't know why I didn't say what I wanted to say at that moment and I DID BLOW THE CALL! It's interesting to realize that one of the challenges I always loved about live TV is the fact that you have to rise to the occasion in the moment. That was one of the few times I really failed to do so and I can only hope that that failure won't wipe out more than 30 years of what were, hopefully, better performances.

Here's the real story behind the charges leveled against me by Phil Mushnick regarding my 'resume'. I received 'Honorable Mention' All America honors as a running back in high school and was recruited by many colleges. I was going to go to Oklahoma until Bud Wilkenson retired after my junior year. I finally decided to attend the U of Houston on a football scholarship. I had turned down a pro baseball offer from the Angels to play college football but still wanted to play baseball in college and then professionally. I suffered a couple of serious injuries during my first two years there which limited my career and sent me back to professional baseball early. When I joined the Mets, my former football and baseball activities rightly received only passing mention in the Media Guide since, as I used to say on the air, "My athletic career started off slow and then tapered off!" Before either my 2nd or 3rd year with the club, the public relations department (Jay and Dennis) took it upon them selves to write in my bio that I had been a 'star' running back in college. I was an excellent athlete (I competed in the Decathlon), a good player, and started when not injured, but I was not what I would call a star nor did I claim to have been. When the Media Guide came out in the Spring, I questioned them about it and they laughed it off as just 'good PR'. For some reason, Phil grabbed it and ran away with it. He never bothered to ask me about it before coming out with the article and admitted to me later that he never spoke to my college FB coach, Bill Yoeman, either. I was hurt and saddened by it because I never claimed to be anything other than what I was and, as is almost always the case, there was never a printed retraction or correction of the facts.

All in all, I had a wonderful career and did it on my terms. I started in radio during the off-season in 1966 and got my first TV job in 1968. I learned very early on that you can not please every viewer and certainly not every fan. Some people will appreciate your work while others will wonder, "who hired that jerk?" and you can't worry about it. I saw my job as helping to make the other people on the air with me better and to hopefully, add to the viewer's enjoyment of the game. It was never about me.

I started doing college fb play-by-play for ABC-TV in 1976 and did my last game for them in 1997. Along the way I traveled the world doing 'Wide World of Sports' events, did MLB for ABC, ESPN, NBC, The Baseball Network, the Angels, Mets and Red Sox. Did a couple of years of The NFL on CBS and many other sports from track and field to motorcycles on ice! I had a great time.

One of the main reasons that I reduced my work load over a number of years en route to 'retirement' from broadcasting was my desire, as a devout Christian, to serve the Lord. I am an ordained minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and have been blessed to be able to volunteer my time in serving in many different callings and capacities over a number of years. That is the work I plan to continue without 'retirement'.

My thanks to each of you for your interest in and love of the game and for being Mets fans. May God grant you the righteous desires of your hearts. Steve Zabriskie

November 10, 2005
Well said Mr Zabriskie, all the best to you and your family. Retraction??? most do not know the meaning of that.

Bob P
November 10, 2005

Thanks so much for checking in and for giving us a recap of the last fifteen years! As I mentioned in my post above from 2003, your name brings back great memories of the "1980s Glory Days" with the Mets!

Good luck to you!

The big H
November 23, 2005
My big memory of Steve Zabriskie was after one of the games at Shea Steve got the honors of drawing tickets out for prizes for the patrons of the game that day. He ran the show and announced the winners. He was amusing and fun. An early "Diamond Club" winner was booed. Later a bleacher winner was booed as well. Steve with some sense of social justice humorously criticized the boo birds, saying, you can boo the Diamond Club winners, but you can't boo the bleacher winners too! He was a pretty good announcer and regarding his blown call of the regular season clincher in 1986, by time regular season was clinched it had become a mere formality, unlike the LCS or World Series, both which came down to a very few plays.

J Zabriskie
November 23, 2005
A brief bout of insanity during my early childhood years rooting for the Yankees was quickly extinguished thanks to my father, Lenny Dykstra and Mr. Steve Zabriskie. When you're 12 years old, a burgeoning Met fan and share a rather unique last name with your team's TV announcer, there's bound to be a draw. And, when I wrote a personal letter to Steve detailing my family's history and wondering if there was any relation, Steve was a class act and responded with a hand written letter which I still have to this day. The mystery of any family history still remains, but my memory of the kindness of Steve Zabriskie, the Met celebrity, still remains. And now that I live on the West coast, it's easy to spot a life-long Met fan when they can spell my last name without a hiccup. Cheers Steve!

Larry B
December 7, 2005
Google is amazing! Edmonds (Washington State) High School Class of 65 had its 40th reunion this summer and one of the questions was where had Steve Zabriske ended up? Now we know. Orlando. Glad to hear that all is well with him.

Being from the West Coast and not a baseball fan to boot I only caught Steve on the air a couple of times and won't offer an opinion as to his announcing. I do know that Steve's career goal in high school was to be a sports announcer. Given the limited number of openings at the level he worked I would have to say that he certainly met his goal. I'm sure there are many of us who wish we had been as successful.

Steve was (and hopefully still is) an affable friend who was a multi-talented high school athlete lettering multiple years in football, wrestling, baseball and possibly basketball (where's that old annual when I need it?). As a running back at about 6'-2" and 220# he simply punished tacklers - a very personal recollection on my part - and earned the All American honorable mention on what was a so-so team. He definitely had the athletic talent to succeed at the collegiate level. Unfortunately, injuries prevented him from achieving his athletic goals.

I am glad to hear that he has found another career beyond broadcasting and hope that it brings him equal or more gratification as well as an audience that is a bit less critical of an admittedly "bad call."

Inz 41
December 12, 2005
I'll never forget waiting in anticipation for Mets to clinch their first division title in 13 years back in 1986. Steve Zabriskie was doing play-by-play, when the big moment arrived, and he totally botched it. He said something like, "Ground ball to second, Backman throws to first, and, the dream season, not over, as the Mets..." I quickly reached for the radio to hear what Bob Murphy was saying because the fans were piling on the field, the players were jumping up and down, it was an electric atmosphere, and Zabriskie was short-circuiting. I had a tape in my VCR so I could have the clinching moment on tape forever. I figured I could show it to my kids one day. I have still never looked back at that tape, too painful. I felt it would be cruel to hear an announcer suffering through a moment like that again. I've listened to Bob murphy's call of the moment several times, and I prefer to remember it like that.

There was another Zabriskie Moment. This one actually gave me a good laugh. Back in 1983, in a June trade, the Mets acquired a catcher from the Pirates named Junior Ortiz. The Mets crew hustled to get a pre-game interview with Ortiz as he had just arrived and suited up for his 1st game with the Mets. They went down to the field and Zbriskie starts the interview with Ortiz standing next to him. He goes into this long winded question about how Junior feels being a part of the Mets, what he thought of their chances, how excited he must be now, to be able to catch the young Mets pitchers and his first assignment which was catching Tom Seaver. At that moment Zabriskie, with this huge smile on his face, puts the microphone in front of Ortiz and quickly realizes that Ortiz can't speak a word of english. Ortiz replied with some barely audible answer like, "Seaver throw de ball pretty fast". Zabriskie somethinfg else, and Ortiz said, "Yea, Tom Seaver is pretty good peetcher". Zabriskie just stared straight back at the camera with the smile still there, and said "OK, back to you Timmy."

john butera
April 28, 2006
The Big Z was nothing but class. I worked several years as his football statistian and the game was never about him. Some of his partners in the booth did however think it was about THEM. Steve treated all with respect, as did his wife Lynne who traveled with him on occassion. He knew the game, did his homework, and NEVER went out the night before the event. He ALWAYS studied. Steve was a real pro, a good Christian and a great friend and mentor. I learned more from him than I did in four years of College....And Steve, If you read this, remember the lost car, Rick Forzini, who I just saw at Super Bowl 40, Cupper and your spotter Billy!!!!

Jesse Dorsky
April 28, 2006
I remember listening to Steve, along with Tim McCarver & Ralph Kiner. I think I may have been spoiled by that trio, because I don't know of any other color commentary team that even comes CLOSE to the magic those three had together (although current WFAN commentator Gary Cohen, is excellent. I haven't lived in the NYC area for about 10 years. I was just a lad of about 14 or so when Zabriskie left Mets broadcasting to pursue bigger & better dreams. But I will always remember that Mets broadcasting trio for as I long live, senility notwithstanding.

Jeff - Riverside, CT
August 20, 2006
In regards to Steve Zabriskie's self- proclaimed "blown call" (see his comments above from 11/6/05) on the 1986 division clinching play, I think that Steve is too hard on himself and I take other Mets fans to task on criticizing a fine announcer for a call which had one momentary pause. Here is the text of the call:

Zabriskie: “These Mets fans have waited for this, really, for the better part of 3 seasons, ever since the 84 campaign when the Mets became a contender - and they are ready to bust loose in more ways than one.”

Rusty Staub: “13 years of waiting.”

Zabriskie: “Ground ball to 2nd - Backman to Hernandez, the (pause) unbelievable season is not over but the championship is here in New York. The inevitable has finally become a reality, and the adoring fans have swept on the field. On September 17th the New York Mets become champions of the National League’s Eastern Division for 1986!"

Thank you Steve for many great broadcasting memories, including this one. Personally, I was very sorry when you left the Mets' broadcasting booth. In particular, I thought you and Tim McCarver made a great tandem.

Jim Snedeker
September 1, 2006
I'm curious what the "botched call" is that people are referring to. The part where Steve paused? What's wrong with that? Where does it say that an announcer has to prepare a piece of poetry and read it perfectly for every memorable moment? Since when did baseball broadcasting become an art form worthy of criticism?

I also can't stand it when people argue about who has the best "home-run call." Who cares? Whatever became of guys simply letting us know what happened? And nothing else needs to be said about John Sterling trying to sound apocalyptic every time someone hits a home run, or when the Yankees win: the way he says "T-- T--H--H--U--H--H--H" sounds like an ill goat. To say nothing of how predictable it's gotten.

Steve was a fine announcer with the Mets, and I missed him when he suddenly disappeared. I also was curious why he left. I highly doubt it was because of his pausing in the middle of a play-by-play.

Bud Kolstad
December 6, 2006
I have wondered for years where Steve went. I watched him announce games occasionally through the years, but my real recollection is of Steve in 1968 when he was the assistant coach of my high school football team (King's Garden, Seattle, WA.). This website has been very eye-opening for me and I thank you. The best to you, Steve.

Mary Pat
May 14, 2007
My memories of Steve are primarily from his KTUL days in Tulsa, Oklahoma....The Big Z was a prominent figure and did a remarkable job with both the Barry Switzer and Larry Lacewell shows during OU haydays. It was nice to occasionally see him on national broadcasts and to follow his career. Thanks to this website I too now know where he "disappeared" to. Maybe he'll see this and send an E-mail to say hello. He was one of a kind!

May 24, 2007
I loved the trio of McCarver, Zabriskie and Kiner. We were all dying with Lorn Brown and Steve Albert-- they were horrible! Watching McCarver and Zabriskie was like watching a great comedy routine, especially true in 1983 when the Mets were terrible but those two made it bearable. And they breathed new life into Ralph. Kiner even thought about retiring: the Mets were terrible, Lindsey Nelson was gone and Murph was only on radio. But Kiner and Zabriskie convinced him to continue. Sadly, I doubt the Mets will ever have such an entertaining trio of broadcasters again.

Pat Leonard
July 17, 2007
I remember Steve Zabriskie yelling, "THE CHAMPIONSHIP IS IN NEW YORK. THE INEVITABLE HAS BECOME REALITY!" What's wrong with that? Also, what year did he and McCarver have a fist fight?

July 17, 2007
Just came across this site today. I will always remember Steve Z. for the camaraderie he had with McCarver and for helping to revive a previously bored Kiner. I always thought he was quite solid on the air. Though he often borrowed some of McCarver's phraseology and thought processes. As for Mushnick, let it go and beat up Sterling, Russo and others still in the NY area.

September 7, 2007
I found this site last week. Like many who have commented before me, I thought Steve and Tim had great chemistry, and was sorry to see him go. I had heard him do a college football game at some point (see Mr. Z's entry) but it was a regional match-up, and never heard from him again. I was told by other Mets fans that he was an employee of the Mets (the others being employees of WOR) and that he was fired for criticizing the Mets organization, but obviously that was totally wrong.

I'm glad he E-mailed in to set the record straight, and that he's doing well. To Steve, Tim, and Ralph: thanks for the memories.

December 18, 2007
My favourite memory of Steve was when he was a counselor in my mission presidency!

mike friedman
April 3, 2008
Steve was such a gentlemen at the 1992 Mets fantasy camp. He always went out of his way to make sure you were taken care of. His humor was great too. Jerry Grote drafted a player because he needed a new set of golf clubs and his introductions of the former Mets players brought a tear to the eye of this fan.

LA Met Fan
April 30, 2008
This guy made me laugh. Tim McCarver would be doing his pre game or post game analysis and Zabriskie would be standing next to him making goofy exagerated faces. Zabriskie was "off" from time to time. "Going going popout to Herndandez at first." Okay, not that bad, but I recall him miscalling home runs that ended up being flyouts. That being said, Kiner, McCarver, and Zabriskie were a fun team to watch.

August 28, 2008
Blew the call?

That is one of the best calls ever, because it was true.

The inevitable has FINALLY become a reality.

Those words rung true because the Mets fumbled around for just shy of a week towards clinching.

To me that was a great call, haphazard, perhaps but it fit that moment, and that team.

Neal S
September 2, 2008
I think I know why the Mets dumped him. One of the last games I saw him call was helmet day. During the game, the camera scanned the crowd and down front was a little boy with his dad. The boy was wearing a Yarmulke. With utter contempt in his voice, Steve said, "I thought today was helmet day, not YARMULKE day!". It was not what he said, it was how he said it. I remember my friend looked at me and said, "Oh wow, there goes HIS job!" He was gone for good very soon after that.

Sonoma County
October 1, 2008
Steve Zabriskie can be now be found at KZST 100.1FM, click on "Listen Live". He starts off the morning news on the half hour beginning at 5:30AM- 8:30AM then again at 5PM. The station is found in Santa Rosa, California. Hopefully this solves the mystery of what happened to Steve for those interested.

Bob Middleman
May 7, 2009
Sorry guys, but a beleaguered Pirate fan here. My favorite memory of Steve is when he was a sportscaster on channel 4 WTAE in Pittsburgh. It was Johnny Majors first or second year at Pitt and during spring ball they had a lack of players since they just pounded the pee out of each other. We were so short of players that Steve had to suit up and play. He did quite well as I recall. I didn't realize you played at the U. of Houston. Did you play with then Pitt line coach Jim Dyer?

Rick Smith
June 9, 2009
I knew Steve during the mid 60's, as a star athlete at Edmonds High School, as a great mentor to his girlfriend's kid brother, me, and as a young man developing his skills in broadcasting using a reel to reel tape recorder reading lines from a MAD magazine in a comic voices with me.

Never had the chance to hear him in the big leagues, lost touch in 1969 when my sister and he broke up. I wish that wasn't the case; I loved to hear him rattle on. He made the most boring subjects sound so exciting. Not many young men, 17 to 21 years of age would bother with a kid 5 years younger. I had just lost my father and Steve stepped in, best single thing that ever happened to me. He was mature, thoughtful, and caring well beyond his years.

I was hoping to see him at Edmonds High last year for a special memorial for Coach Rowe. I know he felt highly for Rich, he lived with coach his senior year as Steve's parents moved to Houston. I think of him often.

October 11, 2009
Met Mr. Zabriskie in Baton Rouge when I was a graduating senior journalism major at LSU, working a televised LSU game in 1980. Long time ago, but a highlight to the beginning of my journalism career.

Tony D
July 1, 2010
All I remember about Steve Zabriskie is how he botched the call on the final out of the Mets clinching the division back in 1986...something like, "Ground Hernandez...and the Mets not over yet!" UGGHHH!!!! Always regretted not having Murph on the radio when this happened.

Steve Kaye
July 1, 2010
I just found this site today. Steve Zabriskie was a great announcer for the Mets. The team of Steve, Ralph and Tim was up there with Ralph, Lindsey and Bob. I thank Steve for adding to the great memories of those great Met teams of the late eighties.

Mark Heaney
September 21, 2010
People PLEASE! Zabriskie BLEW THE CALL!!! It is the worst call ever of a championship win. I give him credit for owning up to it and apologizing, but the bottom line is that this was the defining moment of his career and he completely blew it. As Mets fans we don't have too many of these moments and we need every one to be special. His call reduced the moment and did not allow you to celebrate. He tried to get too cute and pontificate - trying to BE the moment when the moment was right there before him. I wish him well but thank goodness we have Keith Gary and Ron now. Now we just have to win again!

April 6, 2012
OK, here's one that I'd love to hear someone out there corroborate my memory on - even you Steve. It's been many years and we all should be able to laugh at this one. There used to be a WOR weatherman named Lloyd Lindsey Young who had a signature 'HELLOOOOOOOOOO.....' where he would shout out to whoever with an elongated and animated 'Hello'. One broadcast, probably during a rain delay back in the early 80's some time, there was a split screen where Lloyd was on one side of the screeen, and Ralph, Tim and Steve were on the other side, and Lloyd was belching out a classic 'Hellooooooooooooooo Ralph, Tim and Steve....' I remember Ralph, Tim, and Steve standing there smiling and Steve, obviously unaware that the audio on their mic was on, through his smile and under his breath said something like 'I wonder when Lloyd had his last rabies shot'. And I recall the smile immediately leaving Lloyd Lindsay Young's face and I was sitting there as maybe a 14 year old, alone in front of the TV saying to myself 'I did not just hear that'. It was so bizarre and funny it just didn't seem real. Does anyone have any recollection of this one?

December 6, 2012
Sean, back in the mid-80s, before ESPN destroyed sports, broadcasters didn't put themselves above the game and "prepare" what they were going to say because they knew it was not about them. Give me Zabriskie's somewhat muddled call "The UNbelieveable not over....but the championship is here in NY" over the garbage that is spewed from their cross town rival's announcers. John Sterling thinks his job is to promote John Sterling, not the Yankees.

August 11, 2015
I never liked Zabriske. I felt that he cost Strawberry the mvp in 1988 which his constant harping about where he played in the outfield. He was rooting for McReynolds who had good numbers but a lot of his numbers were just that: numbers. He never said anything about the play of Kirk Gibson who was basically a DH in the outfield. Strawberry was setting a record for home runs against lefthanded pitching, by a left or righthanded batter, but Zabriske made comments about Strawberry missing a punch he threw at Hernandez in spring training. He said he missed the punch because Hernandez was lefthanded.

When people look at Darryl's stats now they wonder how he could lose the MVP to an outfielder with 76 rbi. Part of the reason was Zabriske. When Hernandez didn't hit he always brushed it off and talked about his leadership. Strawberry alone had as many hr and rbi as Gibson and Hernandez had combined.

He also made that crack about Ramirez to Garcia to Gallaraga not sounding like a law firm which ticked off a lot of Hispanics who saw it as bigoted.

Shickhaus Franks
November 28, 2015
On YouTube is 1989 WEEK 16 DETROIT LIONS AT ATLANTA FALCONS. He broadcast the game for CBS-TV with Hank Stram as his partner. The game was played on Christmas Eve-December 24, 1989. Held outdoors at the late Fulton County Stadium on a bitterly cold day with a high temperature of 20 DEGREES. The attendance for the game was under 7800 fans since the Falcons had a lousy and tragic season (2 players died within a month of each other).

Jane Jarvis
June 13, 2017
Really the worst of the worst. Only slightly better than Lorne Brown and Rusty.

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