Jack Buck

Died June 18th, 2002

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Jack Buck, who in nearly five decades as a broadcaster became a St. Louis institution and one of the most recognizable voices in sports, died late Tuesday night, his son Joe Buck said.

The Hall of Famer underwent lung cancer surgery Dec. 5, then went back in Barnes-Jewish Hospital Jan. 3 to have an intestinal blockage surgically removed. He never left the hospital. He was 77.

On May 16, Buck underwent another operation to eradicate a series of infections, including pneumonia, that kept recurring, and was placed on kidney dialysis.

"We miss him already," Joe Buck said on KMOX radio, where his father worked for many years. "But I've been missing him for months."

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