Munson's book about a hobnail boot, his career

Sports Column by STUART CROSBY stuart@newnan.com Whether it was "the hobnail boot" or "my god a freshman," you knew that when Larry Munson was behind the microphone for a University of Georgia football game, a magic statement of monumental proportions would be uttered. After 43 years Munson did his last "Loran whadda ya got" and "get the picture" when the Bulldogs defeated Georgia Southern last September, but he is still a very active person fishing, visiting with the grandchildren and now he has written a book.
Along with longtime college football writer Tony Barnhart, Munson has written of his broadcasting exploits in the book "From Herschel to a Hobnail Boot, The Life and Times of Larry Munson". Munson also talks about the two-year period he spent as an announcer for the Atlanta Braves when they moved from Milwaukee and his relationship with colleague Milo Hamilton who was the voice of the Braves until the 1976 season when he was shown the door by the club. Hamilton, who is the voice one hears when the clip of Henry Aaron's 715th home run is played, is one of the few people that Munson doesn't speak of fondly in the book. Munson portrays Hamilton as an "egomaniac" citing an incident in which Hamilton talked his way into going on a trip to England with the old Atlanta Chiefs NASL franchise. At the time, Munson called the Chiefs' contests as Hamilton didn't want to waste his time with soccer and declined but he felt the need to go with the team on the trip. There is more about the Munson-Hamilton partnership in the book as well as the relationship between Munson and former Atlanta Falcons head coach Jerry Glanville when the former was the voice of the Falcons from 1988-1992. I would go into it, but go buy the book and read it for yourself. Despite his problems with these two gentlemen, Munson does indicate in the book that the Braves' assignment and the four years with the dirty birds on WSB were fun moments and he didn't have any regrets. As far as his time as the voice of the Dawgs, Munson tells about being the "luckiest man in the world" because of the residents of the Bulldog Nation. The book also deals with more of his versatility in terms of sports broadcasting including a hunting and Fishing program as well as basketball. People in the Nashville area were familiar of his basketball work with Vanderbilt University and a chapter is devoted to his time with Vandy prior his eventual ascent to being the voice of the Bulldogs. While describing the unusual way he got to Athens for the football job, Munson also talks about not only the gridiron version of the Bulldogs but during a tenure in which he also handled the UGA basketball broadcasts. There are other stories that Munson relates in the book especially the "movie club" he was involved with at the Beechwood Theatres for a number of years. There are also several photos from various portions of his life in broadcasting and a little bit of the personal side of the legendary guy and he will tell you his top 10 favorite calls and describe the situation for each. As an added bonus in the book, you can relive those moments in Bulldog history via a CD that is found in the front of the book. Overall, the book is enlightening in some areas such as the relationship with Hamilton and how he was able to keep the same job for 43 years which is definitely a feat in itself. The 256-page book goes for $24.95 which some may find a bit pricey but if you are a big Georgia fan, you won't mind spending the money (as opposed to a hobnail boot or a broken chair in Jacksonville) on the book.

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