Saddened to hear of the passing of the St. Louis Cardinals legendary announcer Jack Buck last night. Buck, who was born in Holyoke, MA, was one of the last surviving announcers from the glory baseball days of the 1950’s. Ernie Harwell, who is retiring this year from the Tigers booth is another. If it is at all possible for you to listen to a Harwell broadcast at some point this year, do it. It’s a glimpse into the past. Just two days before his death, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ran a story on Sunday, Fathers Day about Jack Buck and his son Joe. It’s worth a read.

Bob Ryan hops on his high horse and tells us if you’re not into the World Cup, you cannot call yourself a sports fan. He will NOT argue this. A rousing, passionate piece by Ryan. Scott Miller on CBS has a feature on Grady Little — His nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize. Over the weekend, the North County Times in San Diego had a feature on “Larry the Legend“. Nope, not Bird, Lucchino. There are a lot of quotes from all the San Diego/Boston connections. From last week…an immense feature in the Washington Post on Michael Jordan. This has nothing to do with Boston or Boston Media, (except of course to ask why don’t our papers do features like this) but there are some fascinating snippets in here, such as Jordan calling rookie Kwame Brown “You [expletive] flaming faggot”. Wow. Brown was in tears on several occasions last season.

NESN has Red Sox/Padres at 10:00. The game will also be broadcast nationally on ESPN2. ESPN has the afternoon matchup of the Rangers and Cubs at 2:15 and Cardinals/Angels at 7:00. As a warmup to the Red Sox game you could check out ESPN Classic at 9:00 tonight which will have a show on the Celtics dynasty. At 1:00 this afternoon, ESPN also has a Sports Century on Albert Belle, of all people. Should be no shortage of entertainment in that feature. WWZN will have John McEnroe in studio this afternoon on the McDonough group.