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Curt Smith - University of Rochester. Rochester, NY, US

Curt Smith Curt Smith

Senior Lecturer | University of Rochester

Rochester, NY, UNITED STATES

Curt Smith was a speechwriter for George H.W. Bush and is a recognized authority on baseball broadcasting

Areas of Expertise (4)

Rhetoric

Baseball broadcasting

Presidential speechwriting

American Politics

Media

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Curt Smith on the Location of the Obama Presidential Library Curt Smith: Rhetoric and Politics

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Biography

Curt Smith was a speechwriter for George H.W. Bush, both during and after his time in office. Smith, a former senior editor for The Saturday Evening Post, joined the Bush White House (1989-1993), writing the 41st president’s “Just War” Persian Gulf address, his speech aboard the USS Arizona memorial site on Pearl Harbor’s 50th anniversary, and Bush’s later eulogy to Ronald Reagan at Washington’s National Cathedral.

Smith transformed his lifelong interests in sports and history into a second career as an authority on baseball broadcasting. He's the author of 18 books, including Memories from the Microphone: A Century of Baseball Broadcasting and Voices of The Game, which was listed among Esquire magazine's 100 best baseball books ever written. The Library of Congress asked Smith to contribute an essay to its National Recording Preservation Registry on one of the 25 recordings chosen in 2022 for permanent archiving−Hank Aaron's 715th career home run, which broke the revered record held for decades by Babe Ruth.

In 1998, Smith joined the English department faculty at the University of Rochester, where he teaches courses in public speaking and presidential rhetoric.

Education (1)

SUNY Geneseo: BA

Selected Media Appearances (3)

Virtual Author Series: Memories from the Microphone

National Baseball Hall of Fame  online

2021-08-10

Curt Smith discusses his book Memories from the Microphone, during a guest appearance on museum's Virtual Author Series.

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Curt Smith on the Relationship Between Presidents and Baseball

C-SPAN  tv

2018-07-17

Curt Smith talks about his book The Presidents and the Pastime, on the history of the relationship between US presidents and baseball.

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Rochester's Curt Smith remembers Vin Scully

University of Rochester  online

2022-08-22

The author of multiple books on baseball, its storied stadiums and legendary broadcasters, recalls a baseball broadcasting legend.

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Selected Articles (7)

Why baseball analyst Tim McCarver was the best of the modern era

University of Rochester

Curt Smith

2023-02-27

Curt Smith reflects on the life and career of former Major League Baseball catcher and sports announcer Tim McCarver, who died at the age of 81.

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Curt Gowdy: Rise and fall of the dominant play-by-player of his day; The ‘Uncle Al Michaels of his time’

Sports Broadcast Journal

Curt Smith

2022-08-17

Part two of Curt Smith's tribute to legendary sports announcer Curt Gowdy.

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Curt Gowdy: Tutored by Mel Allen, he owned network TV play-by-play, from the 60s through much of the 70s

Sports Broadcast Journal

Curt Smith

2022-08-16

Part one of Curt Smith's tribute to legendary sports announcer Curt Gowdy.

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Hank Aaron's 715th Career Home Run

Library of Congress

Curt Smith

2022-04-13

Curt Smith was invited by the Library of Congress to contribute an essay to its National Recording Preservation Registry on Milo Hamilton's radio call of Hank Aaron's historic 715th home run, which broke the decades-long record held by Babe Ruth.

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Vin Scully: A Remembrance, Part One; An Unbeatable Announcer

Sports Broadcast Journal

Curt Smith

2022-08-05

Curt Smith remembers veteran baseball announcer Vin Scully, who died at the age of 94. (Part one)

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Curt Smith on Russ Hodges: Author of baseball’s most famous call ever; “The Giants WIN the pennant!”

Sports Broadcast Journal

Curt Smith

2022-04-17

Curt Smith discusses one of the most famous calls in baseball history.

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Historian Curt Smith says changes make HOF’s Ford Frick Award even better; Ballot goes from 8 to10

Sports Broadcast Journal

Curt Smith

2022-04-25

The Baseball Hall of Fame revised the voting process for the Ford C. Frick Award, given annually to a broadcaster for "major contributions to baseball"—and Curt Smith approves.

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