Jerry Howarth

Jerry Howarth

Jerry was the Blue Jays Radio Broadcaster from 1981-2017. He is also a Member of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.

Expertise

  • Meet & Greet Events
  • Keynote Speaking
  • Book Signings

Accomplishments

  • Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Jack Graney Award for Broadcasting Excellence

Jerry is former baseball broadcaster best known as the radio play-by-play voice of the Toronto Blue Jays from 1981 through the 2017 season.

Howarth had shared the play-by-play duties with his late longtime broadcast partner Tom Cheek from 1982 until 2005, then served as the play-by-play announcer until announcing his retirement before the start of spring training 2018 due to ongoing health concerns.

In 1981, Howarth split his time between his radio duties in Salt Lake and his new career in Toronto where he worked part of the 1981 Blue Jays season as a commentator. In 1982, he joined Tom Cheek as full-time play-by-play partner. For the next 23 years, “Tom and Jerry” would be the radio voices of the Blue Jays. Their partnership covered the rise of the Blue Jays through the 1980s, culminating with back to back World Series Championships in 1992 and 1993.

In 2004, Tom Cheek was diagnosed with cancer but continued to broadcast with Howarth. Cheek’s health continued to deteriorate, eventually forcing him to discontinue his broadcasting career midway through the 2004 season. Howarth became the play-by-play broadcaster for Blue Jays games at this time and Warren Sawkiw filled in as analyst. Cheek died on 9 October 2005. Sawkiw continued to work alongside Howarth through the end of the 2006 season. In 2007, Sawkiw was replaced in the booth by former Blue Jay catcher Alan Ashby. Howarth continued to be the lead voice of the Toronto Blue Jays with Ashby serving as game analyst, until the end of the 2012 season. Howarth next worked alongside Jack Morris in 2013, then with Joe Siddell since 2014 through 2017. Host of “Blue Jays Talk” Mike Wilner also provided play-by-play for some innings, Duane Ward supplied for some games during the 2014 and 2015 season and Kevin Barker supplied color for some games during the 2016 season.

On August 11, 2012, Howarth was awarded the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Jack Graney Award.

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