The radio voice of the Cubs had a cancer scare.
Pat Hughes is entering his 23rd season as the Cubs radio play-by-play announcer. His pleasant voice and kind demeanor on the air has endeared him to a generation of Cubs fans.
That’s why I was surprised to read David Haugh’s latest column in the Tribune, in which it’s revealed publicly for the first time that Hughes has undergone three throat surgeries over the last three years:
Cubs games on the radio sounded the same to the untrained ear of so many fans that 2014 season, with polished play-by-play man Pat Hughes comfortably providing the soundtrack of summer car rides and barbecues like always. But by the time October arrived, the legendary announcer sensed something was different. Something was off.
“Anybody who uses their voice for a living, you know when it’s not right,” Hughes said.
And long before Hughes would undergo three surgeries in a 14-month period because of a precancerous lesion known as dysplasia on one of his vocal cords, he knew. Or at least he knew what he didn’t know, and it scared the bejesus out of him.
The article goes on to describe how Hughes first thought his scratchy voice …Read the Rest
Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue