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Monte Moore was a radio and television broadcaster for the Oakland Athletics baseball team.

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Voice of the Athletics

An Oklahoma native, with a folksy, down-home style, Moore became the lead broadcaster for the Kansas City A's in 1962, when owner Charles O. Finley inserted him to replace Merle Harmon. Moore traveled west when the team moved to Oakland in 1968, remaining the team's principal radio voice through the 1977 season, and its television voice until 1980.

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Broadcast partners

During Moore’s tenure, he had a number of co-announcers with him in the booth, including Harry Caray, Bob Elson, Al Helfer, Red Rush,[GEORGE BRYSON],and Jim Woods, all of whom had achieved fame as major-league broadcasters elsewhere before joining the A’s, and Jon Miller, who went on to success with the Orioles and Giants. Former major league players Curt Flood, Reggie Jackson, Harmon Killebrew, and Jim Piersall served as A’s announcers at one time, as did former player and manager Bill Rigney.

Perhaps his longest and most remembered pairing was with Ray Fosse, who joined the A's television broadcasts on a part time basis in 1986. Fosse was the A's full time color analyst by 1988 and his pairing with Moore remained until Moore's retirement.

Catchphrase

Moore is fondly remembered by A's fans for his "There She Goes..." and "Ringer Dinger" home run calls, which he uttered many a time while calling games during the early years of A's notables such as Mark McGwire and José Canseco.

Finley's "mole?"

Moore was at times accused during Finley's ownership tenure of being Finley’s “mole,” whose job it was to spy on the players and report back to Finley. In particular, Moore was accused of reporting to Finley an incident which took place on the team’s airline flight from Boston to Kansas City in August, 1967, in which several players allegedly were drunk and making “suggestive” remarks to flight attendants. Manager Alvin Dark and star player Ken Harrelson were fired by Finley as a result. Moore consistently denied all such accusations and through the years most have assumed the accusations were without merit.

National broadcasting experience and return to Oakland

Moore was part of NBC's national broadcast team when the A's appeared in the World Series against the Cincinnati Reds (1972), New York Mets (1973), and Los Angeles Dodgers (1974). Moore also served as one of the announcers on the USA Network's Thursday Game of the Week broadcasts for their entire 1979-83 run. He returned as Oakland A's broadcaster in 1985 to handle local TV play-by-play on a part-time basis with Ted Robinson until 1988, and full-time thereafter before retiring at the end of the 1992 season. Dick Stockton replaced him to start the 1993 season.

Later career

Following his retirement from baseball broadcasting, Moore exercised his radio expertise in heading up a radio station, KTIP 1450 AM, in Porterville, California, where he resides. Among those who came under his tutelage was current radio Voice of the USC Trojans, Pete Arbogast, and Wayne Garcia, currently the lead news anchor for FOX-TV in Portland, Oregon. Pete roomed with and trained Garcia when the latter was still in high school.

Today, Moore frequently returns to Oakland for special occasions put on by the A's honoring the past, including jersey retirements, ceremonial first pitches, autograph signings and anniversary events. Moore has served as emcee for events commemorating the careers of Reggie Jackson and Dennis Eckersley and well as the anniversaries of A's World Series winning teams.


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