Sorry, but I calls 'em like I sees 'em. He could hardly be troubled to learn the names of opposing team players. Everything was a “pop up to the first baseman” or a catch by “the center fielder.”
And did you ever hear him call a football game???
In addition to him, you had to listen to Al Hrbosky or Mike Shannon. Jesus H.!
But the underlying problem is that St. Louis has a real inferiority complex. They are a shitstain (a large one, to be sure) of a town in the midst of a bunch of cornfields, six hours from Chicago and five hours from Kansas City.
Seriously, watching their news coverage was a joke, because in any national news story, they would try to insinuate themselves. The best example I could remember was a story in the mid 80’s about some famous mafia leader in New York City, and they come back from the story with something like “And right here in St. Louis, we have this numbers running operation…”
So, in terms of baseball fans, you do have to give them credit for having huge attendance numbers for a long time, but they were no more knowledgable about the game than anyone else. And the attendance numbers probably come from the fact that for hundreds of miles around the place, there’s nothing else to do. Oh, they did put in that new NASCAR track in Southern Illinois.