Jerry Howarth

Let's admire that one - Jerry Howarth's time in the South Puget Sound region was short but vital to a sportscasting career that has made him a tenured radio voice for Major League Baseball. Howarth, the play-by-play radio broadcaster for the Toronto Blue Jays for more than 30 years began his broadcasting career in Tacoma with minor league baseball and the University of Puget Sound. Howarth was born in York, Pa., and grew up in San Francisco before attending the University of Santa Clara. Following his college graduation in 1968, he spent two years in the Army. His broadcasting care er began in Tacoma in the mid-1970s, as he called play -by-play action for the AAA Tacoma Twins of the Pacific Coast League in 1974, while also serving as the radio voice of the University of Puget Sound baseball and football teams. Not long for Tacoma, Howarth moved to Salt Lake Cit y to take over play-by-play duties for the Pacific Coast League’s Gulls in 1976. He followed that with a double-duty stint as assistant general manager and play-by-play broadcaster for the Salt Lake City Prospectors in the Western Basketball Association. That led to opportunities with the NBA Utah Jazz and eventually a Major League Baseball position with the Toronto Blue Jays beginning in 1981. After splitting time between Salt Lake City and Tor onto for one season, he joined Tom Cheek full-time in the Toronto radio booth in 1982. That radio partner ship lasted 23 years and covered a pair of World Series championships in 1992 and ’93 before Cheek w as forced to retire due to deteriorating health in 2005. Since then, Howarth has shared the booth with Warren Sawkiw and Alan Ashby. Howarth’s short time in Tacoma helped spark a remarkable career that has taken him to the height of the profession. In retrospect, that experience could recall the crack of a bat and Howarth’s signature home run call as the story of his career: Up! Up! Up! And there (s)he goes !