Russ went to the University of Kentucky and graduated from Law School at the University of Cincinnati.
Starting in the early 1930s Russ broadcast boxing, Big Ten Football games, and big league baseball games for the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, and the old Wasington Senators.
Russ headed to New York City in 1946 to do Yankees games with Hall of Fame broadcaster Mel Allen, and then, finally, to the crosstown Giants in 1948.
Russ would broadcaster Giants games for the next 23 years, calling games for great Giants players such as Monte Irvin, Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Bobby Bonds, Juan Marichal, Gaylord Perry, and Orlando Cepeda.
Russ was the Giants announcer for World Series games in 1951 and 1954 while the Giants were still playing at the Polo Grounds at Coogan's Bluff.
In 1954 the Giants defeated the Cleveland Indians to win the only Giants World Series Championship that Russ Hodges would call.
The Giants moved to San Francisco, first playing baseball at Seals Stadium, and then, in 1960, at legendary Candlestick Park.
Russ was behind the microphone during the 1962 World Series between the Giants and Yankees.
Of all the games Russ called during his career, he is, and will always be, associated with what is probably the most famous home run call in baseball broadcasting history, the National League Pennant winning walk off HR by Giants 3rd Baseman Bobby Thompson.
That HR call, "the Giants win the Pennant, the Giants win the Pennant," made Russ Hodges famous across the country, and it still resonates with baseball fans 64 years later.
Russ was also the author of Baseball Complete in 1952.
Russ teamed with fellow Hall of Fame broadcaster Lon Simmons as one of the finest baseball broadcasting duos of All-Time, and the pair also teamed up to call Bay Area football games as the Voices of San Francisco 49ers football games.
Russ called his last game for the San Francisco Giants at the end of the 1970 season.
In 1971 Russ, a life long chain smoker, passed away from a heart attack at the age of 60.
In 1975 Russ was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame.
The 2015 big league All-Star Game will be played at the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati this year, and the marketing of the game by MLB, the Reds, and the City of Ohio, is the subject of today's photo(s) of the day.
President Obama posted a great photo of him hanging out today with the Washington Nationals Racing Presidents, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and William Howard Taft.
The above photo clearly shows President Obama's willingness to work with men of various preferences and policies.
Mr. Obama, a devoted fan of the Chicago White Sox, is sharing some laughs with fellow Illinois native, and the very first Republican President, Mr. Lincoln, who, because of his dedication to freedom from suffering for all men, would most definetly be a Chicago Cubs fan.
Let's hope the next Commander in Chief, be it a man...or the very first Mrs. POTUS, will embrace the great game of baseball.
Today we say Happy Baseball Birthday! to baseball's most famous poem, Casey at the Bat.
127 years ago today, June 3, 1888, the San Francisco Examiner first published the now famous baseball poem by Ernest Lawrence Thayer.
The poem has been printed, posted, acted, and recited more times than any baseball fan can count in 127 years.
I had a chance to pose with Mighty Casey outside SpaceCoast Stadium in Viera, Florida in March 2009.
Here in Jacksonville we're honored to have Peter Bragan Jr. , the owner of the Jacksonville Suns baseball team, who challenges local children in schools around the area to learn to recite the famous baseball poem.
"Pedro," as we all know him, goes around to schools and recites Casey at the Bat.
Happy Baseball Birthday! "Casey at the Bat."
"...there is no joy in Mudville today, mighty Casey has struck out."
Today we say Happy Baseball Birthday! to award winning author W.P. Kinsella.
W. P. Kinsella is the author of the novel Shoeless Joe, the book that became the basis for one of the best baseball movies ever made, Field of Dreams.
William Patrick "Bill" Kinsella was born on May 25, 1935, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Kinsella is a graduate of the University of Victoria and the University of Iowa, kind of anamazing fact since he didn't attend formal schooling until the 5th grade and didn't go to college until he was in his mid 30's.
Before becoming a professional writer W.P.Kinsella was a college professor at The University of Calgary.
Kinsella first published novel was Dance Me Outside in 1977, a collection of short stories.
Besides Shoeless Joe, Kinsella has authored other books on baseball, including The Iowa Baseball Confederacy, Shoeless Joe Jackson comes to Iowa, The Thrill of the Grass, and The Further Adventures of Slugger McBatt.