RIP, Craig Sager
Craig Sager was just 22, fresh out of college at Northwestern University. He was working for $95 a week as a news director for an Atlanta Braves-affiliated AM radio station in Sarasota, Florida.
Craig was at the game when Hank Aaron hit home run number 715. Craig “ran onto the field without thinking and met Aaron as he rounded the bases between third base and home.”
In his words, “I captured history with recordings from his breathless teammate Tom House (“Here’s the ball, Henry, here’s the ball”), his crying mother (“I knew he’d do it…ohhhh…I knew he’d do it”) and an emotionally spent Aaron (“Thank you…thank you…thank you…I just thank God it’s all over”).”
This was the beginning of a career that lasted decades.
Today Craig passed away.
“I’m a kid from the small Illinois town of Potamia who grew up on the Chicago Cubs and made sports his life’s work, although there’s never been a day when it actually seemed like work.”
RIP, Craig Sager.