Benedictine student announcer models style after Tom Hamilton

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This is an excerpt from a Cleveland.com story by Stephanie Kuzydym. For the full story, click here. Photos also courtesy of Kuzydym/Cleveland.com.

Peter Knab knew one thing for certain. He wanted to be a broadcaster.

He never asked for an audio recorder. Never even thought of asking for it for his 17th birthday, but there it was, a present from his dad.

Since then, Knab hasn’t stopped.

He’s recorded sound bite after sound bite.

“From Nobby Ballpark on the campus of Case Western Reserve …”

“The three-two pitch …”

“A fantastic diving stop by the left fielder …”

“A called third strike. I’m not sure if that was a strike. Honestly I don’t think that was a strike. I’m not sure on what planet that is a strike.”

Peter Knab is a 17-year-old student at Benedictine who calls baseball games. Nobody’s asked him to call the games, yet most games he sits in his wheelchair behind the backstop fence, recorder in his right hand, baseball lineup in his left.

The batter can hear him. The pitcher can hear him. The umpires can definitely hear him. So can the coaches and the fans.

He calls each pitch, a real Bengals’ play-by-play guy. And all he’s hoping for is to call one that goes yard, call it just like his favorite play-by-play man, Indians’ announcer Tom Hamilton.

“Deep right field, awaaay back. Gone!”

The problem is that Benedictine plays at Nobby Ballpark at Case Western, where the high school baseball team faces a center field 400 feet from home plate and corners that are 300 feet away. The Bengals did hit two home runs this season, but both of them were at away games, which Knab doesn’t travel to.

Decked out in a Benedictine hat and a Benedictine hockey shirt with his name on the back (he plays sled hockey), Knab watched as his classmate Collin Pecoraro pitched from the mound.

“The two-two pitch,” Knab said in a normal tone. The pitch was delivered and his voice boomed, “Strike three called.”

The next batter walked up and a few pitches in, Knab was back to his Hamtilon calls with a “juuust a bit outside.”

After the game, Pecoraro will be one of Knab’s biggest supporters, but the thought passes that maybe the junior doesn’t want his every move verbalized. If so, Pecoraro never lets it show.

The inning ended and Knab begins to talk about prom the night before and a new internship he landed with the Indians where he’ll spend the summer conducting fan surveys.

“Not a bad first job if you ask me,” he said. “I get to spend the summer around the Cleveland Indians organization and its fans.”

He hopes too that maybe in a hallway, he’ll get to meet the Voice of the Indians.

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