(From Wikipedia) Cornelius "Connie" Desmond (January 31, 1908 - March 10, 1983) was an American Major League Baseball radio broadcaster, primarily for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
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Mel Allen was impressed enough with Desmond that he asked him to come to New York City as his sidekick on the home games of the Yankees and Giants in 1942. After one year, he left and joined with Red Barber on the Dodgers broadcasts, replacing Al Helfer. During the 1943 season, Barber and Desmond were the only voices of baseball in New York; the Giants and Yankees suspended broadcasts that year for unknown reasons. Desmond remained with the Dodgers until 1956, teaming with Barber (1943–1953), Ernie Harwell (1948–1949), and Vin Scully (1950–1956). Desmond also teamed with Barber to call college football and New York Giants football in the 1940s.
Desmond was a fairly accomplished singer; in the early 1940s hosted several music shows on WOR, with himself as the featured singer.
Desmond died March 10, 1983 in Toledo, Ohio at the age of 75.