Voice of Blue Jays re­tires af­ter 36 years

Kingston Whig-Standard - - SPORTS - STEVE BUF­FERY

Jerry Howarth won’t be tak­ing flight as the Blue Jays broad­caster any­more.

The voice of the Jays for 36 mem­o­rable years, an emo­tional Howarth an­nounced his re­tire­ment Tues­day morn­ing on Toronto’s Sport­snet 590 The Fan.

Though he is now 71 and had a can­cer scare a year and a half ago, Howarth’s an­nounce­ment nev­er­the­less shocked and sad­dened many of his fans, some of whom flooded the Jeff Blair Show with calls of sup­port and con­grat­u­la­tions.

“I had ev­ery in­ten­tion of con­tin­u­ing my ca­reer into the 2018 sea­son but my health and stamina and con­tin­u­ing voice is­sues dic­tated oth­er­wise,” Howarth said. “Who knew that I would spend more than half my life in Toronto with my wife, Mary, and our two sons, Ben and Joe, do­ing what I love to do most, reach­ing out to friends and fans alike across our great coun­try to talk base­ball.

“I am blessed and I am grate­ful. I thank ev­ery­one who has made this jour­ney of mine so re­ward­ing in ev­ery way.”

Jerry Howarth

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