Legendary Pat Foley will finally call a Cubs game at Wrigley Field
Chicago sports always have had elite sports broadcasters. From the Cubs having Ron Santo, Pat Hughes, Harry Caray and Jack Brickhouse, the Bulls having Stacey King, Bears having Jeff Joniak and Tom Thayer, and the Blackhawks having Eddie Olczyk and Pat Foley, Chicago has always had great announcers.
Earlier this week, the Chicago Cubs and recently retired, and Hall of Fame announcer Pat Foley announced that on the night game of the Tuesday doubleheader against the St. Louis Cardinals, Foley will be the broadcaster for the game. Foley used to call road games for the Cubs in the early 2000s with Chip Caray, but now he will have the chance to call the home game against a division rival.
Blackhawks legend gets to finally call a Cubs game at Wrigley Field
Foley, who grew up a Cubs fan, was with the Chicago Blackhawks from 1981-2006 and 2008-2022 and is universally known as the voice of the Blackhawks. Getting behind the mic at the Friendly Confines is something he’s had on his mind – and heart – for some time.
"‘‘I’ll probably spend more hours getting ready for this broadcast than I have for any single broadcast in my career,’’ Foley told the Sun-Times this recently. ‘‘I have not called a baseball game for more than 20 years. I am really excited to sit with Coomer and Deshaies … ‘‘In my little mediocre career, the one thing I’ve not done is broadcast a game in Wrigley Field. This is literally a fantasy for me. I’m pumped.’’"
For the game, Foley will work the first three innings on 670 The Score with Ron Coomer, then will move to Marquee Sports Network with Jim Deshaies for the middle three, and then finish the game on the radio. Foley will also lead the 7th Inning Stretch, which I am sure will be electric.
What Marquee Sports Network is doing is something that deserves a round of applause. Allowing one of the great broadcasters in Chicago sports history to live out a dream to call a baseball game, let alone from his favorite team. Personally, I am definitely looking forward to watching this, if for nothing else, just to hear Foley one more time.