11 Facts About Al Helfer


George Alvin "Al" Helfer was an American radio sportscaster.


Al Helfer started broadcasting recreations of Pittsburgh Pirates baseball games in 1933.


Al Helfer joined Red Barber as the regular broadcast team of the Cincinnati Reds in 1935.


Al Helfer left Cincinnati to join CBS in 1937, working a few baseball games and a lot of football games.


Al Helfer was reunited with Barber on the Brooklyn Dodgers broadcasts in 1939.


When he returned the Dodgers job was no longer available, so Al Helfer started doing "Game of the Day" broadcasts for Mutual.


Al Helfer was paired with Dizzy Dean on the network's broadcasts in the early 1950s, though the two men often argued and never got along.


Al Helfer did eventually rejoin the Dodgers for their last years in Brooklyn, calling their final home game and introducing the players to the crowd for the final time.


In 1958 Al Helfer called Philadelphia Phillies games which were broadcast to the New York market by WOR-TV, helping to fill the void of National League baseball left in the city by the departure of the Dodgers and Giants.


Al Helfer worked a number of teams after that, including the Houston Colt.


On December 12,2018 it was announced Helfer had been awarded the Ford C Frick Award for Excellence in Baseball Broadcasting from the Baseball Hall of Fame.