Quotes

Johnny to Joe DiMaggio: Joe, of all your years, and it seems like it was more than the 13 years you spent with the Yankees, which year stands out in your memory as one you’ll never forget?

 

DiMaggio: I’d have to say that there are many outstanding years. 1936, for instance, playing in the World Series. But I’d have to say my personal one is 1937 when I hit 46 home runs and drove in 167 runs. The only reason I know that is that just read it in a book so I thought I’d get that off as an accomplishment. (laughs).

For anyone under the age of 32 living in the Washington, DC area, the local sports scene has never been without Johnny Holliday. He's a perpetual personality, an inescapable fixture, as ubiquitous as faded Redskins bumper stickers. He's always been there.     Buzz McClain, Playboy Magazine

"Johnny Holliday is not only a talented broadcaster, actor, and athlete, but an outstanding coach. I know because he was my coach in both baseball and basketball. Of course he organized both teams and made himself the coach."

                                                            – Sal Bando, World Champion Oakland Athletics

I first saw Washington, DC during World War II. I was in Naval boot camp in Baltimore and got a 17-hour pass. I hopped a train on a Sunday morning and walked the concourse out of Union Station, and there was the Capitol. I couldn’t believe it. There was no television in those days so you didn’t see the kinds of pictures of Washington that people are very used to today. I walked the Mall, and took in the Washington monument, the Lincoln Memorial, and ended up in a little beer joint called Brownlees.             – Felix Grant, WMAL Radio

 

“You like to think that you will improve over time as a coach, and I’m sure it’s the same with announcers. Johnny works at this. He knows me, the players, and our style of play. For our fans it’s a very comfortable thing because they know Johnny is very thorough and he prepares. Fans know he’s the Maryland announcer but they also know he’s not a “homer,” and that every call against the Tarps won’t be reported as a “bad call.” Although I don’t get a chance to listen to his broadcasts obviously, I do know that many of my friends turn the radio on when they watch the games on TV, and listen to John’s play-by-play.

                                                                                             – Coach Gary Williams 

John could get things out of Lefty that others couldn’t. Johnny got to know him and could call him at all hours at his home The best way to get cooperation out of Lefty was to lead him to believe that the thing is his idea. Johnny did his homework and got to really know Lefty. And Johnny could never be intimidated. You could never accuse Holliday as being shill for Maryland athletics. He’s a professional.”                                             

                                               – Jack Zane: Longtime sports information director at U-MD.

“ Gary Williams became a grandfather for the first time at age 54. He has told friends he is thrilled, but some wonder if that's how he really feels about it. Another Maryland staffer whispered to Holliday earlier in the evening that he might want to tread lightly around that topic during the pregame show he always conducts with the coach.

 

Holliday sits down with Williams, who looks like he's in a 60-60 game with five seconds left and the other team inbounding the ball under the basket. He starts his tape recorder and introduces the show. Then, treading as lightly as you might expect a man with five of his own grandchildren to tread, he looks at Williams and says, "So, Gramps, what do you think we should look for tonight?" Gary Williams cracks up.

                                                  – John Feinstein: Washington Post.

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