The Pacers will have no problem breaking in their new public address announcer because he has a relationship with the organization dating back 50 years.
Jerry Baker, the legendary and iconic voice of so many sporting events in Indiana, including the original voice of the Pacers starting in 1967, will now greet fans at Bankers LIfe Fieldhouse for home games. The Pacers announced the hire on Thursday.
"For long-time Pacers fans, Jerry Baker's voice is synonymous with the history of the blue and gold," said Dean Heaviland, Pacers Sports & Entertainment Vice President of Game Operations. "He also has one of the most distinctive voices in all of sports. But more than that, Jerry is a seasoned professional who also will bring passion, energy and knowledge to Fieldhouse audiences."
Baker is a member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame and also a member of the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame. Along with past stints as a radio and television broadcaster for the Pacers, Baker also worked high school hoops finals and Indy 500 radio broadcasts.
His distinct voice, much like the late Tom Carnegie or Slick Leonard, takes less than a sentence to easily identify. Baker will certainly be a change from Michael Grady, who moved to the Big Apple to take on sideline reporting duties for the Brooklyn Nets, but the familiar voice and experience should make for a seamless transition.