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Rooney & Farmer Top Radio Broadcasters

By Benjy Lipsman in News on Jul 29, 2005 8:16PM

2005_07_sports_rooney_farmer.jpgChicagoist is a bit old school in that we still love to listen to baseball on the radio. Sure, more often than not we watch the games on TV, but there's a certain romance to having somebody describe the nuances of the game that can't be seen, that the slower pace of the sport allows for. And there also room for stories--of teams and player from years past. We were almost disappointed when play resumed following a White Sox rain delay a few weeks back because we were enjoying some great tales about managers who knew they were about to be fired.

What Chicagoist hadn't appreciated until now just how good our White Sox radio team of Ed Farmer and John Rooney really are. The USA Today rated Farmer and Rooney as the top team in the American League -- second is all of baseball behind only the Dodgers' booth that includes the legendary Vin Sculley, Charley Steiner, and Rick Monday. Sculley's been considered the game's best since the Dodgers called Brooklyn home, so nobody's dethroning him until he retires!

John Rooney has served as the the White Sox play-by-play announcer since 1989. Ed Farmer joined the team as color commentator in 1992, making this their 14th season together.

On the North Side of town, the Cubs' duo of Pat Hughes and Ron Santo came in 26th of 30. The Trib called that surprising and Chicagoist agrees! How could there possibly be 4 worse teams out there?

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