The Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center, located on the campus of Montclair State University in Little Falls, will host a screening of Glickman on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 7:30 p.m. The program includes a discussion with award-winning broadcaster Ian Eagle.
The 2013 film by James Freedman pays tribute to Marty Glickman, considered the preeminent voice of New York sports and arguably the most influential sports broadcaster of all time.
Glickman, who died in 2001, announced games for virtually every local team, beginning as the radio announcer of the New York Knicks when they were formed in 1946.
Yet Glickman, whose trademark call of “Swish!” became part of the sports lexicon, was almost as famous for what he did not do. As a member of the U.S. Olympic track team in the 1936 Berlin Games, Glickman was denied a chance to compete at the last minute because of anti-Semitism.
Eagle, a resident of Essex Fells, described the documentary as “a wonderful film honoring a legend and a true mensch.”
“Marty was a giant in the broadcasting world and that larger than life presence had an impact on me as a kid growing up in New York,” Eagle said in an e-mail to NJ Jewish News. “His ability to ‘paint the word picture’ on the radio resonated with me, and it was only later when I learned of his background as an athlete that I fully understood how much he had accomplished in his life.”
“Without Marty, there is no Marv Albert, without Marv Albert there is no Bob Costas, and so on,” said Eagle, who also attended Syracuse University.
Eagle said he considered himself privileged to study one of the masters first-hand. “When I was hired as the TV voice of the NJ Nets in 1995, Marty was on-staff at SportsChannel as a ‘broadcasting coach.’ I was incredibly fortunate to learn the finer points of play-by-play from one of the best to ever do it, and those lessons remain with me today. While I’m on the air I can still hear a ‘Martyism’ pop into my head reminding me to ‘consider the listener.’”
Tickets are $15. To RSVP, call 973-655-2378.