Padres Honor Leitner
August 21, 2009 at 4:37 AM (PT)
The SAN DIEGO PADRES are honoring radio play-by-play voice TED LEITNER for his 30 years of calling the club's games with an on-field ceremony before TONIGHT's game against ST. LOUIS at PETCO PARK. Flagship BCA Sports XEPRS-A (XX 1090)/SAN DIEGO will air a 15 minute tribute to LEITNER at 3:45p this afternoon as well.
LEITNER came to SAN DIEGO in 1977, joining CBS affiliate KFMB-TV as sports anchor after a brief stint at CBS O&O WCAU-TV/PHILADELPHIA. He was offered a spot on the PADRES crew when JERRY COLEMAN was named manager of the team in 1980; COLEMAN later returned to the booth and has been partnered with LEITNER ever since.