When Don Wardlow and Jim Lucas got their first pro broadcasting gig, with the Class A Miami Miracle in 1991, they were content to be regarded as a novelty act. Wardlow, blind since birth, just wanted the chance to analyze baseball on the radio. Now, some 1,500 games later, they're one of the sharpest broadcast teams in the minors and close to a major league call-up. They were among five finalists for an Anaheim Angels radio job before this season and are now being looked at by the Detroit Tigers, who must replace retiring Ernie Harwell. "They will get serious consideration," says Tigers VP of marketing Mike Veeck.
Wardlow scores games on a Braille typewriter while Lucas provides exceptionally rich detail—even down to the color of batting gloves. They don't try to hide Wardlow's handicap. "I used to think McDonald's served six french fries in each bag," Wardlow has complained to Lucas on the air, "then I found out you were stealing the rest." Says Angels VP of communications Tim Mead, "They're unique because of their partnership and their passion. I still have their tapes. We'd have no problem giving them another look in the future."