Baker University athletics marks the end of an era as Tom Hedrick, the voice of the Baker Wildcats since 1988, calls his last regular season football game Saturday, Nov. 10, at Liston Stadium.
“We appreciate Tom’s commitment to his alma mater and longtime dedication to Baker University’s athletics program,” said Dr. Lynne Murray, Baker University president. “Tom is the consummate broadcaster and has shared his talents and love for Wildcat football through the years. Baker University is so fortunate to have such a great talent behind the microphone. We will sorely miss him and his wife, Lee, in the press box.” Hedrick, a 1956 Baker graduate, has enjoyed a career that extends far beyond the Kansas state line.
During his 61-year career, he has called games for the Kansas City Chiefs, Cincinnati Reds, Texas Rangers, Dallas Cowboys, Kansas Jayhawks, and Nebraska Cornhuskers. He has called three Super Bowls and seven Cotton Bowls.
During his 30 years at Baker, Hedrick has announced 340 games for the Wildcats. Before Saturday’s game, in which the No. 14 Baker Wildcats take on No. 9 Evangel University at 2:35 p.m. for the NAIA Heart of America Athletic Conference South Division Championship, Hedrick will take the field with the captains of each team and assist the referee with the coin toss. At halftime, he and his wife, Lee, will be recognized for their dedication to Baker University and Baker football. After the game, Hedrick will thank the fans from the press box. His broadcast will be aired on BakerRadio.org (formerly KNBU-FM).
In addition to Hedrick’s work as a broadcaster, he has influenced the field by mentoring students in sports broadcasting courses at the University of Kansas and at Baker since 2005.
Tom Hedrick’s Broadcasting Career Highlights
• Announcer for ABC’s Wide-World of Sports 1968-1975
• Play-by-play announcer for three Super Bowls (1967, 1968, 1970)
• CBS play-by-play announcer for the Cotton Bowl 1970-1976
• Voice of the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers 1967-1970
• Voice of the Cincinnati Reds 1971-1972
• Voice of the Kansas City Chiefs 1964-1971
• Sports Director for KDFW (Dallas, Texas) 1973-1975
• Director of the Kansas University Sports Network 1975
• Kansas Sportscaster of the Year 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966
• Missouri Sportscaster of the Year 1970
• Play-by-play announcer for the Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys