When Pat Foley signed off after 39 years as the principal voice of Blackhawks' hockey on BOTH TV & radio this past spring, there was one other thing that Foley wanted to do upon retirement. Foley has always wanted to call a Cubs' game at Wrigley Field. Next Tuesday, Foley's dream comes true...For one game only.
Foley will pinch hit for Cubs Radio Network's Pat Hughes next Tuesday when he calls Game 2 of the Cardinals/Cubs' day night doubleheader at Wrigley Field. Hughes, who has called Cubs' games himself since 1996 on BOTH radio & TV, will have that night off. The arrangement will be similar to how Cubs' games were presented years ago.
The plan is for Foley to call the first 3 innings of Cardinals/Cubs Game 2 on 670 AM The SCORE with Ron Coomer. Then, Marquee's Jon "Boog" Sciambi will shift over to radio to call the middle 3 innings while Foley works the 4th through 6th innings on the TV side with Jim Deshaies. Foley will then shift back to radio for the final 3 innings of Cardinals/Cubs Game 2 next Tuesday.
For those that don't remember how Cubs' games were presented years ago, Harry Caray called the first 3 innings on TV. Caray then shifted over to radio for the middle 3 with Milo Hamilton, Dewayne Staats, Thom Brennaman & even Wayne Larrivee calling the 4th through 6th innings on the TV side and vice versa for the final 3 innings.
As it turns out, this won't be Foley's first stint calling Cubs' games. When Chip Caray was on national TV assignment in the early 2000s, Foley pinch hit for several Cubs' road games. Marquee will feature footage from Foley's last Cubs' broadcast during his one game stint next Tuesday night.
Though he's now retired from the Blackhawks' broadcast booth, Blackhawks' President of Business Operations Jaime Faulkner said that Foley will continue to work with the organization in an undetermined role.