RIP, Amazin

by Jason Epstein

Via Neil Best of Newsday, legendary New York sportscaster Bill “Amazin’” Mazer has passed away. He was 92.

Perhaps Mazer’s greatest historical claim to fame was as host of the first regularly scheduled sports call-in show — which premiered on WNBC radio on March 30, 1964.

In what is believed to be his final interview, with Newsday in 2011, Mazer looked back at that day and how it all began.

“The first call was a kid, and he said, ‘I just want to ask you one question,’ ” Mazer said. “I said, ‘OK, go ahead.’ He said, ‘Who’s better: Willie Mays or Mickey Mantle?’ ” …

Mazer went on from that early talk show to become a trivia expert so well regarded he was nicknamed “Amazin’,” and he still was able to answer almost every arcane question posed to him in 2011 despite extreme hearing problems.

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