Who belongs on the Mt. Rushmore of Boston sports color analysts?

Debate the answer with Chad Finn and Boston sports fans at The Sports Q.

Tommy Heinsohn
Tommy Heinsohn –Boston Globe staff photo by Matthew J. Lee

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No new question via you guys today — just a logical follow-up to Sunday’s question, which was this: Which four play-by-play voices would belong on the Boston sports broadcasting Mt. Rushmore? I haven’t done an official tally of the various responses, but polling indicates those worthy of granite sculpture would be Ned Martin, Gil Santos, Johnny Most, and Fred Cusick. Man, we’ve had some good ones. Sean McDonough, Bob Wilson and Mike Gorman were among others who got a lot of support.


Now it’s time to add some color. So here you go: Who are the four best color analysts — one each from the Bruins, Patriots, Celtics and Red Sox — in the history of Boston sports? Some to consider:

Bruins:  For me, it’s the Turk, Derek Sanderson, but more dedicated hockey fans might prefer Johnny Peirson (1969-85 on Ch. 38) or Johnny Bucyk, who did it for 15 years on the radio. Current radio analyst Bob Beers is excellent, and Andy Brickley is very good on NESN.

Patriots:  It’s got to be gentleman Gino Cappelletti, especially since there are no local television broadcast teams for NFL franchises. Very curious to see how current analyst Scott Zolak fares. He’s wildly popular, but his turbo-exuberant style isn’t for everyone.

Celtics: Voting for anyone but Tommy Heinsohn gets you an incredulous Tommy Heinsohn-style reaction from me: YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME! By the way, anyone remember Jerry Sichting doing games in the early ‘90s? I’d completely forgotten he was paired up with Glenn Ordway for a few years.

Red Sox: This one is a little tricky because many of their two-person booths through the years have featured two play-by-play voices, particularly on radio. Jerry Remy is the obvious choice, but Dennis Eckersley is as entertaining as any analyst working today, including on the national stage. Hawk Harrelson might get a few votes from those who lived through disco.


There’s my four: Sanderson, Cappelletti, Heinsohn, Remy. I’ll be listening for yours in the comments.

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