Voice of Blue Jays retires after 36 years
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.”