Red Barber

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Biography by Sandra Brennan

Red "The Old Redhead" Barber was considered one of the finest sportscasters in the history of professional American sports. He began his career just after WW II ended and was hired by Edward R. Murrow to become the director of sports for CBS News. As a sportscaster, Barber was known for his strict impartiality. He was the sportscaster who narrated the first night game and later called the first televised football games. During the final decade of his life, Barber appeared on National Public Radio's "Morning Edition," where, every Friday, he would comment on national sports. He also appeared in one film, Ball Talk: Baseball's Voices of Summer (1989).