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Jack Buck

Posted in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery with tags , , on April 22, 2014 by Cade

buck1August 21, 1924 – June 18, 2002

John Francis “Jack” Buck was a Hall of Fame broadcaster primarily known for his work for the St. Louis Cardinals. In addition to his play-by-play work for St. Louis, he also covered radio for more than a dozen World Series and Superbowl broadcasts as well as other, prominent events. Buck served in the military as a young man where he received a Purple Heart in France during World War II. After the war – and college – Jack began his career as a broadcaster, working alongside fellow legends Harry Caray and Joe Garagiola. He worked his way through the ranks and became the Cardinals’ go-to play-by-play guy in 1969. His career blossomed and he spent the next couple of decades as one of the most revered broadcasters in America. As his health declined (he had a LOT of health issues,) he returned to solely cover Cardinals’ home games as a form of retirement. His last public appearance was shortly after the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks when he stated: “I don’t know about you, but as for me, the question has already been answered: Should we be here? Yes!” Jack Buck died the following summer at the age of 77.

Burial

Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery – St. Louis County, MO

Specific Location

Section 85, Grave 117 – Enter the cemetery’s main entrance, go left on Flagstaff Dr. at the first roundabout, at the next roundabout (Circle Dr.) stop on the north side, Jack is buried in the second full row of markers to the west of the top of this loop.

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