I read with great interest in this morning's Spectator, a Ken Peters article regarding the current status of former TiCat announcer, Perc Allen who spent a couple of decades calling TiCat games for CHML and a very receptive audience.
Ken acknowledges that Perc may have been the best at his trade of play-by-play reporting on Ticat games, ever. I couldn't agree more as I have heard all of his predecessors and successors over the years and in my opinion, no one has ever replaced this man. He always managed to paint a virtual image of what was happening on the field of play that made me feel I was in the stadium. His accuracy was uncanny as was his knowledge of the game.
His voice, for those of you who have never had the unmitigated pleasure of hearing him call a game was not too unlike that of Rick Zamperin. If Zamperin has as little as half of Allen's talent, he'll do well.
Unfortunately, as Peters points out, Perc Allen today is a very sick man as he loses his battle with cancer
and the writing may be "on the wall" for his remaining life expectancy.
I think it would be a great gesture and behoove the Hamilton Tiger Cats to have a special award and recognition day for Perc Allen and his family sometime this season.
My final comment here would be to thank Ken Peters for his wonderful, enlightening article and for shedding light on an old timer that gave many of us football thrills we'll never forget in Hamilton.