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Jim Simpson, who called Orioles games in infamous 1988 season, dies at 88

Hall of Fame sportscaster Jim Simpson, whose only season as Orioles play-by-play announcer came during the worst year in franchise history, died Wednesday in Scottsdale, Ariz., after a short illness, his family said. He was 88.

Simpson replaced Chuck Thompson in 1988 on 42 Orioles telecasts on WMAR-TV and partnered with color commentator Brooks Robinson. Mel Proctor handled play-by-play for cable carrier Home Team Sports' 85 telecasts.

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Simpson was hired late in spring training that year, reported The Washington Post, and waited 22 games for an Orioles win.

The club started the season 0-21, the worst in Major League Baseball history, and finished with a 54-107 record, the worst mark during the franchise's time in Baltimore.

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As the Post's Norman Chad joked:

"Fact: New Orioles television broadcaster Jim Simpson was hired late in spring training. He has yet to see the Orioles win.

Fact: Orioles broadcasters' records this season in games they have called--[Joe] Angel 0-21, Jon Miller 0-19, Simpson 0-8, Brooks Robinson 0-8, John Lowenstein 0-7, Mel Proctor 0-6, Chuck Thompson (subbing for Miller) 0-2, Bob Rathbun (subbing for Proctor) 0-1.

Rumor: Miller has a buyout clause in his contract if the team doesn't win a game."

Perhaps appropriately, the season was Simpson's last in professional sports. In 1991-92, he worked Cornell football games for SportsChannel America, then hung up his microphone for good.

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