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Best Legendary Sports Sign Off: Marty Brennaman

Few things are as synonymous with Reds baseball as the voice of Marty Brennaman. After a long and lauded career of calling games for the Reds that began in 1974, Brennaman said goodbye to the broadcast booth at the end of the 2019 season. Although the Reds didn’t secure a win against the Milwaukee Brewers during Brennaman’s last game, the legendary broadcaster took time during the broadcast to say his farewells to the Reds organization and the city of Cincinnati. In a tearful goodbye at Great American Ball Park, he said, “I’m proud to say I’m a Cincinnatian. And for those who are here today, and for those listening, wherever they might be, just know that you’re loved, and how much you’re appreciated.” Brennaman’s voice was a staple in Cincinnati for over 40 years, and with his retirement, the city and the team bid farewell to the man who called historic games across multiple eras of Reds’ baseball — from Pete Rose’s record breaking 4,192nd career hit in 1985 to Tom Browning’s perfect game in 1988 to Ken Griffey Jr.’s 500th home run in 2004. At the end of one of sports broadcasting’s most notable careers, it’s safe to say that, when it comes to Marty Brennaman, “This one belongs to the Reds!” Cincinnati Reds, reds.com.