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Larry Munson

Lawrence Harry "Larry" Munson

The Voice of Georgia Football
Born: September 28, 1922 - Minneapolis, MN
Died: November 20, 2011 - Athens, GA

Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Munson attended Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis and Minnesota State University Moorhead. While at MSUM, he played basketball as a center and guard and football as an end and tackle.

Munson served as a United States Army medic in an Army Hospital during World War II. Upon leaving the military, he spent all $200 of his discharge pay to enroll in a Minneapolis radio broadcasting school.

He once played piano for band leader Tommy Dorsey. The band's piano player came down with appendicitis and was hospitalized. He played by ear and could not read music. Before Munson rubbed shoulders with Vince Dooley, Mark Richt and Herschel Walker, he played piano for heartthrob Frank Sinatra.

After an on-air job at the KDLR AM radio station in Devils Lake, North Dakota, Munson moved on to AM radio station KFBC in Cheyenne, Wyoming, as a sports reporter in 1946. At KFBC, Munson would eventually take over calling football games for the Wyoming Cowboys. In 1947 he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, for an announcing job with the Nashville Vols minor league baseball team. During the baseball off-season, Munson convinced local Nashville radio station WSM (AM) to broadcast Vanderbilt Commodores men's basketball games with himself as the announcer. The basketball broadcasts were immediately successful, and WSM added Vanderbilt Commodores football games to its schedule as well with Munson as the broadcaster. Munson also created a television show about hunting and fishing called The Rod & Gun Club on a local Nashville station.

In 1966, the Atlanta Braves Major League Baseball team hired Munson as part of their initial broadcast team, the franchise having moved from Milwaukee to Atlanta. In March 1966, Georgia Bulldogs football radio announcer Ed Thilenius resigned to become a broadcaster for the new Atlanta Falcons franchise. Munson called Georgia athletics director Joel Eaves to express his interest in the Georgia job, and Munson was hired shortly thereafter. For many years after joining the University of Georgia broadcasts, Munson would make the commute to Athens for the weekend football games from his home in Nashville so that he could continue producing The Rod & Gun Club during the week. Munson continued to live in Nashville until 1978 when he moved to metro Atlanta. Munson moved to Athens in 1997.

Munson had missed only one game in his UGA career -- he sat out the Oct. 6, 1990 loss to Clemson following back surgery -- before he opted to call only home games in 2007. On September 22, 2008, Larry announced his retirement from being the play-by-play announcer for the University of Georgia Bulldogs.

Although Munson left the microphone, the university found a way to honor his legacy in a pregame tradition that exists to this day. As Georgia's Redcoat marching band plays "The Battle Hymn of the Bulldog Nation" before each game at Sanford Stadium, Munson's voice still implores the fans to cheer for the Bulldogs that day while highlights from throughout the years play on the stadium's video board.

"As we prepare for another meeting between the hedges," Munson's voice reminds them, "let all the Bulldog faithful rally behind the men who now wear the red and black with two words, two simple words which express the sentiments of the entire Bulldog Nation: Go Dawgs."

Larry Munson, who spent 42 years as the radio play-by-play announcer for Georgia's football team, died November 20, 2011 at the age of 89 after complications from pneumonia. Tribute Video

Larry's Five Favorite Calls

Below are Larry's 5 favorite calls, according to his 2009 autobiography, "From Herschel to a Hobnail Boot: The Life and Times of Larry Munson," which was co-written with Tony Barnhart. I pulled this information from an ESPN blog written Nov 21, 2011.

The Hobnail Boot

Oct. 6, 2001, Georgia 26, Tennessee 24

Under first year head coach Mark Richt, Georgia was trying to win at Tennessee for the first time since 1980. The Vols had apparently sealed the deal by scoring with 44 seconds left to take a 24-20 lead. But freshman David Greene led the Bulldogs down the field and threw a 6 yard TD pass to Verron Haynes with 5 seconds left to give the Bulldogs a 26-24 victory. Munson says, "We just stepped on their face with a hobnail boot and broke their nose. We just crushed their face."

Munson later joked that he didn't even know what a hobnailed boot was -- he intended to make reference to the jackboot members of the German Army wore during World War II, he said -- but the unique call became many listeners' -- and Munson's -- favorite.

Run Lindsay Run

Nov. 8, 1980, Georgia 26, Florida 21

Undefeated and No. 2 ranked Georgia trailed Florida 21-20 with time running out. The Bulldogs' national title hopes seemed to be over when they took possession on the Georgia 7 with 1:03 left. But Lindsay Scott took a short pass over the middle from Buck Belue and turned it into a 93 yard touchdown that gave the Bulldogs a 26-21 victory. During Scott's run, Munson couldn't help himself and shouted "Run, Lindsay!" When Scott scored, Munson never said "Touchdown." He just screamed "Lindsay Scott, Lindsay Scott, Lindsay Scott!" As he reflects on the touchdown, Munson tells listeners, "I broke my chair. I came right through a chair. A metal steel chair with about a 5-inch cushion. I broke it. The booth came apart. The stadium, well, the stadium fell down. Now they do have to renovate this thing. They'll have to rebuild it now."

Video is audio only; there is no picture.

Appleby to Washington

Nov. 8, 1975, Georgia 10, Florida 7

Munson had been Georgia's radio voice since 1966, but to many this was the call that sealed the unbreakable bond between Larry and Bulldog Nation. Georgia was given no chance of beating the talented Gators and trailed 7-3 with 3:42 left. That's when Georgia tight end Richard Appleby took a hand off from Matt Robinson and appeared to be running the ball around right end. Instead, Appleby stopped, planted and launched a long pass to Gene Washington, a receiver with world-class speed and Olympic dreams. Washington sailed into the end zone for the winning touchdown.

"Washington caught it, thinking of Montreal and the Olympics, and ran out of his shoes right down the middle 80 yards! Gator Bowl rocking, stunned, the girders are bending now. Look at the score!" Munson says.

My God A Freshman

Sept. 6, 1980, Georgia 16, Tennessee 15

Herschel Walker had been the subject of the biggest recruiting battle the South had ever known. He didn't start his first game when Georgia, comping off a disappointing 6-5 season, went to Tennessee. The Bulldogs trailed the Vols 15-0 with four minutes left in the 3rd quarter when they finally put together a drive down to the Tennessee 16. That's when Walker finally made his presence known to the world.

On Herschel's first touchdown run, he plowed over Tennessee safety Bill Bates near the goal line, and Munson commemorated the moment with this: "He's running all over people! Oh, you, Herschel Walker. My God Almighty, he ran right through two men. They had him dead-away inside the 9. Herschel Walker went 16 yards. He drove right over orange shirts, just driving and running with those big thighs. My God, a freshman!"

Video is audio only; there is no picture.

Sugar Falling Out Of The Sky

Nov. 13, 1982, Georgia 19, Auburn 14

Undefeated Georgia needed a win to capture its third straight SEC title and keep its hopes alive for the national title. But late in the game Auburn drove deep into Georgia territory and threatened to steal the victory. Munson, however, decided he wouldn't let the Bulldogs lose. After every down on the final Auburn drive, he passionately implored the Georgia defense to "hunker down one more time!" Munson's pleading worked; Georgia stopped the Tigers with 42 seconds left when a Randy Campbell pass into the Georgia end zone fell incomplete. As the final seconds ticked off the clock at Jordan-Hare Stadium and Georgia was set to go to the Sugar Bowl to play for it all, Munson looked to the heavens and uttered those famous words. "Look at the sugar falling out of the sky."

Larry's Calls

Larry's Lifetime Timeline


1922 - Born in Minneapolis, MN on September 28th.


1941 - Played basketball and football at Moorhead State Teachers College. Center and guard in basketball, end and tackle in football.


1945 - Served as a United States Army medic in an Army Hospital during World War II


1945 - After WWII, enrolled in broadcast school. His first broadcasting job was for University of Wyoming football.


1947 - Moved to Nashville to call minor league baseball. Then became the voice of Vanderbilt football and basketball.


1966 - Hired as an original member of the Atlanta Braves radio broadcast. During spring training, Munson learned of an opening at Georgia and got the job to call Georgia football games.


1975 - Georgia upsets Florida 10-7 on an 80-yard tight end pass from Richard Appleby to Gene Washington. Munson's call on the play seemed to seal the bond between the Minnesota native and Bulldog nation.


1978 - After living in Nashville and commuting to Athens for games, Munson moves to Atlanta.


1980 - Georgia wins the national championship, and along the way, Larry makes two of his most famous calls. "My God a Freshman" for Herschel's first career touchdown against Tennessee and "Run Lindsay Run" against Florida as UGA comes from behind with 63 seconds left in the game.


1982 - UGA wins another SEC title, and Larry makes another legendary call. With a 19-14 win over Auburn in 1982 Larry says to "Look at the sugar falling out of the sky!"


1983 - Honored by the Georgia General Assembly "for his great role in Georgia's championship football program."


1987 - Adds Georgia men's basketball to his list of duties. He'd call games at Stegeman until 1996.


1989 - Signs on as the voice of the Atlanta Falcons. Calling games on Sundays would only last 3 seasons.


1994 - Inducted into the Georgia Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame


1997 - Honored by the Georgia General Assembly again - this time for 50 years in broadcasting.


2001 - Munson immortalizes Mark Richt's first year as coach with the famous "Hobnail Boot" call when Georgia upset Tennessee in Knoxville.


2003 - Receives the Chris Schenkel Award for career achievement in broadcasting from the College Football Hall of Fame.


2005 - Named to the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.


2007 - Cuts back by only calling Georgia home games.


2008 - Receives the Furman Bisher Award from the Atlanta Sports Council.


2008 - Officially retires as the announcer for the Georgia Bulldogs.


2011 - Munson passed away in Athens from complication of pneumonia on November 20th.