For America: Jack Buck and the Post 9/11 Reboot

Posted: September 11, 2013 by The Cheap Seat Fan in MLB
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What began on the morning of September 11th, 2001 just a few hours ago in New York City as never stopped resonating. The attack on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center was jolt into the daily lives of Americans that ushered in political actions that still have dominoes that are lined up to this day.

Yet how it changed the psyche of the nation was, and is, the most enduring impact of that morning’s events. Nobody knew what to make it; families stayed home, schools and places of employment remained closed and grocery stores were bombarded as supplies were hoarded for what seen as potentially only the first of what would be many attacks on the nation.

But fear being the mind-killer that it is was ultimately pushed back. The decision to stop cowering and reclaim the American way of life shortly became the way that the people of country, who were largely unequipped to do anything else, aided in the fight back. Terrorism had risen, but the people had stood up to meet it eye-to-eye. To regain the upperhand, the best possible thing that could be done, was to do what we always had. And baseball remained, as it always had, at the heart of the American course of life.

It was was in this light that Jack Buck took to the microphone at Busch Stadium on September 17, 2001, the first night that Major League Baseball reconvened after the attacks a week before. Despite being on the downside of his fight with lung cancer and Parkinson’s disease, the Baseball Hall of Famer and long-time voice of American broadcasting went to one of his lesser known abilities to draw people together with the classic and comforting sound of his voice at a time when comforts were few and far between: poetry.

In one of his final public appearances, Buck delivered “For America”, and in a way that only a the combination that a veteran of the second World War, a narrator of history as it unfolded for over 50 years and personal class of the caliber he had could, Buck brought not only Busch Stadium, but the American people together. Here, 12 years to the day of the events that inspired his call to arms, here is Buck’s live rendition of his memorable words.

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