Greg Brown’s “Raise the Jolly Roger!” victory cry ranks as perhaps the most signature call during his long tenure as Pirates play-by-play announcer on television and radio.
Yet more often than not, the Jolly Roger has remained lowered during his time calling games.
A report by Minnesota-based Bring Me the News , analyzing the win-loss record of the 30 current Major League Baseball television play-by-play announcers, placed Brown with 2,133 called losses in his 25 seasons as broadcaster — more than any other. The Minnesota Twins’ Dick Bremer ranks second-best — or is it second-worst? — with 2,031 in the same number of seasons.
Per the report, Brown also has called 1,774 victories for a winning percentage of .454, ranking 28th, ahead of the Padres’ Dan Orsillo (.417) and the Marlins’ Paul Severino (.409).
A member of the Pirates organization since 1979, Brown began calling games in 1994, the second year of what became a streak of 20 losing seasons.
Given that Brown splits time between television and radio, of course, he technically wouldn’t rank as the losingest current TV play-by-play man.
But who’s counting?
Doug Gulasy is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Doug at [email protected] or via Twitter @dgulasy_Trib.