Ted Andrews – Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame
Radio Broadcaster, 1946-80
New Orleans Pelicans/Tulane University
Ted Andrews was the voice of the New Orleans Pelicans baseball team for many years. In his later years, he also covered a wide-range of other sports, including serving as the announcer for Tulane University football and basketball games. Andrews was known for trademark signoff of a “special goodnight to all you kiddies.”
An Iowa native, Andrews served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He came to New Orleans following the War and began broadcasting Pelican games and continued until the Southern Association team faded into history in 1959.
When the Pelicans folded, Andrew had the opportunity to take a radio broadcasting job with the Philadelphia Phillies. He declined, saying he wanted to stay in New Orleans.
Andrews died in 1980 at the age of 75.
Ted “The Old Redhead” Andrews Dies at 75
Times-Picayune Obituary by Bob Roesler from May 1980:
Ted Andrews’ golden voice is silenced.
He was “Mr. Baseball” to a generation of Pelican fans in New Orleans.
“There goes a pair of slacks from Nowak’s and a dinner at Delicate Jerry’s,” he would tell his audience. They knew a Pel had knocked one out of the park on to Tulane Ave.
Ted, the “Old Redhead,” died early Thursday and thousands of baseball memories died with him.
He was 75 and most of those years were spent behind a microphone – 35 of them in New Orleans.
Andrews did all sorts of radio work on old WPTS. For many years he was the voice of Tulane football and basketball. At the time of his death he was still doing interviews for Al Wester’s Mutual Network sports programs.
But he was at his best drawing those graphic work pictures of Pelicans games when television was still a gleam in the networks’ eye.
In the early days of local television it was common practice to watch a local station’s video with sound turned down and listen to Ted’s radio description.
He had few peers as a play-by-play man in the fast action of basketball or leisurely pace of baseball.
Andrews, an Iowa native, came to New Orleans in 1946 after a Navy stint during World War II. He immediately began broadcasting Pelican games and continued until the Southern Association team faded into history in 1959.
There was a time, in 1959, that Andrews had an offer to make the Major Leagues. He was offered the radio job with the Philadelphia Phillies. He declined, saying he wanted to stay in New Orleans.
“The year I turned them down was the year the Whiz Kids won the first Phillie pennant in decades,” he once recalled with a “so-what” shrug of the shoulders.
He always said he had no regrets about his decision to stay here. Broadcasting Pelican games was fun and New Orleans was his kind of town. And in those days, baseball here was exciting.
“The Southern was a pretty good league in those days. There’s some pretty fair major league managers – Danny Murtaugh, Earl Weaver, Chuck Tanner and Gene Mauch among others – who learned a lot about managing in the Southern Assn.”
Andrews is survived by his wife, the former Dorothy Bevens.