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Several Bauxites have passed along reports from The Fan 590 that longtime Blue Jays radio announcer Tom Cheek underwent surgery this past weekend for a brain tumour. The operation was not a complete success; Tom reportedly may require more surgery and will be away from the broadcast booth for some time. That's all the information we have right now; hopefully more details and better news will emerge in the next little while.

On behalf of the entire Batter's Box roster, we offer our best wishes, thoughts and prayers to Tom and his family -- who had just suffered another loss with the recent passing of Tom's father -- and to all Tom's friends and colleagues with the Blue Jays. Readers are encouraged to use this thread to post their messages of support and encouragement for Tom Cheek.

UPDATE June 24 : The Batter's Box crew saw Tom down at the Dome today, and have seen him a couple of times in recent days. He is in great spirits. We continue to hope for his complete recovery.
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Craig B - Monday, June 14 2004 @ 04:38 PM EDT (#38791) #
Tom, I hope you are able to overcome this with the same determination and grace that saw you through those thousands of nights of consecutive broadcasts.

For everyone around Tom, stay strong. My thoughts will be with you.
_Ron - Monday, June 14 2004 @ 04:40 PM EDT (#38792) #
My thoughts and prays are with Tom and his family.
robertdudek - Monday, June 14 2004 @ 04:42 PM EDT (#38793) #
Tom Cheek is indelibly linked to my earliest memories as a Blue Jays fan, and means so much to this franchise and its fans. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
Named For Hank - Monday, June 14 2004 @ 04:47 PM EDT (#38794) #
I'm with Robert -- when you say "Blue Jays", I'm flooded with memories of the backyard, my dad's beat up old radio, and Tom Cheek's voice.

I'm at a loss for words. I'd like to send out a big hug to Tom Cheek, his family and his friends.
Dave Till - Monday, June 14 2004 @ 04:52 PM EDT (#38795) #
Best wishes to Tom and all his family and friends.
_Moffatt - Monday, June 14 2004 @ 04:53 PM EDT (#38796) #
I too am at a loss for words. Take care and best wishes.
_Alex from the U - Monday, June 14 2004 @ 05:04 PM EDT (#38797) #
Like many others, from living in Toronto Tom Cheek has been a constant for me and the Blue jays. Even when i was young and we use to watch the games on TV, we use to turn the TV down and listen to Tom and Jerry on the radio.

If Tom is still recovering when the Jays play at home, it might be a nice idea for the Cheer Club to have a sign wishing him a speedy recovery. Just a thought.
_Mike Wilner - Monday, June 14 2004 @ 05:13 PM EDT (#38798) #
I'm not in a position to speak on behalf of Tom, but I'm sure he appreciates your kind words, thoughts and prayers. I'll be going to see him as soon as possible, and if you want, I'll print out this entire thread and give it to him.

If you'd like to write something more private, you can send an e-mail for Tom's eyes only to "".

From a personal standpoint, I join you all in sending thoughts and prayers to the Cheeks and those close to them. Tom has been everything I ever could have hoped to have in a mentor and teacher in this business, and I can't wait until he's back in the booth. Being involved in a Blue Jays broadcast that doesn't involve Tom has been a strange and almost unsettling experience. I can't wait for that experience to be over.
_Alex in the TO - Monday, June 14 2004 @ 05:15 PM EDT (#38799) #
Same sentiments as Robert, NFH and Alex. I wish I could put into words just how much Tom Cheek's steadfast presence and voice have enriched my personal experience as a Jays fan.

Best wishes, Tom. We're all pulling for you.
Coach - Monday, June 14 2004 @ 05:24 PM EDT (#38800) #
Thank you, Mike. Please do print this to show Tom that the thoughts, prayers and best wishes of so many fans are with him and those closest to him.

Get well soon, Tom!
Named For Hank - Monday, June 14 2004 @ 05:32 PM EDT (#38801) #
If Tom is still recovering when the Jays play at home, it might be a nice idea for the Cheer Club to have a sign wishing him a speedy recovery.

_Jonathan - Monday, June 14 2004 @ 05:34 PM EDT (#38802) #
Mr Cheek: I know the doctors and time will be as good for your health as your colourful broadcasts have been for me over the many years of listening. I wish you and your family strength and you will be in my prayers.
_Mosely - Monday, June 14 2004 @ 05:35 PM EDT (#38803) #
I associate Tom's wonderful voice with years and years of listening to Blue Jays games at the cottage. Sitting on the porch, listening to the drone of bullfrogs and whipperwhills in one ear and Tom's sublime game call in the other was pure bliss. I can't imagine a place I'd rather be or a more pleasant memory.

Best wishes and get well soon Tom.
Mike D - Monday, June 14 2004 @ 05:37 PM EDT (#38804) #
I discussed my feelings about Tom in my very first post as a newly-minted author here at Batter's Box. Here's an excerpt:

[A few years ago,] I was stuck in traffic while visiting family in Toronto...and I was listening to the fifth inning of a Jays-Orioles game at Camden Yards. At one point, in the middle of an at-bat, Cheek overheard a vendor holler out "Water! $3.50!" and Tom just about lost it. He began to wax nostalgic about going to his first big league game, and then began an inning-long riff on how much money he could have made if he had known that one day he'd be able to sell *water* at ballparks and charge $3.50. It sounds so corny, but Tom just has that folksy delivery that I am still extremely susceptible to.

...I like Tom and Jerry, individually and as a duo...[T]hey still remind me of summer barbecues and my dad's transistor radio at the Ex.

My prayers are with you, Tom. Get well soon!
_Scott - Monday, June 14 2004 @ 05:53 PM EDT (#38805) #
Prayer to the Baseball Gods: The Blue Jays have not gotten many breaks this year, but can sure use one now. Thanks.

Get well soon, Tom.
_Elijah - Monday, June 14 2004 @ 05:55 PM EDT (#38806) #
I was raised and still currently live in LA and grew up listening to Chick Hearn and Vin Scully. I remember the disappointment here when Chick missed his first game since the mid-60s back in 2001 and the rejoicing that ensued when he returned.

I picked the Blue Jays as my team for random reasons about 25 years ago but living in LA, I never listened to Tom regularly until the proliferation of the Internet about six or seven years ago. The Lakers broadcasts haven't been the same without Hearn the last two years and they aren't the same with out Tom and I can imagine how many that grew up with Tom's baritone voice miss him so.

I miss his corny yet seamless segues into promoting Alice Fazooli's. So thoughts and prayers and get well soon, Tom!
_Steve Sterling - Monday, June 14 2004 @ 06:05 PM EDT (#38807) #
My thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Cheek, whose voice and words have lit up so many brilliant pictures in my mind's eye over the years. The broadcasts aren't the same without you.

Get well soon.
_Blue in SK - Monday, June 14 2004 @ 06:07 PM EDT (#38808) #
Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
_Jonny German - Monday, June 14 2004 @ 06:12 PM EDT (#38809) #
Best wishes, Tom.
Lucas - Monday, June 14 2004 @ 06:21 PM EDT (#38810) #
Tom, the Texas Chapter of the Blue Jays Cheer Club wishes you a speedy recovery.
_JackFoley - Monday, June 14 2004 @ 06:30 PM EDT (#38811) #
Can't wait to hear you again, Mr. Cheek.
_jim854 - Monday, June 14 2004 @ 06:52 PM EDT (#38812) #
Tom, as a loyal listener to the Jays broadcast for many years, I hope that your recovery goes well and that you will once again be back on the radio with your Blue Jays and the many fans across Canada and the United States who listen to you. God bless you and your family at this time.
_Rob - Monday, June 14 2004 @ 06:59 PM EDT (#38813) #
Tom, even today, in the age of the television, I turn on the FAN and listen to you and Jerry. Hope you get well soon, and can make a run at another 4300 games in a row. If anyone can do it, you can.
_Daryn - Monday, June 14 2004 @ 07:02 PM EDT (#38814) #
We've never met, but Mr Cheek doesn't sound right... I've known you so long you can only be "Tom" to me...

I am stunned at the stroke of bad luck for you and your family..
I am praying for best wishes for a complete recovery...

Take care of yourself
We'll miss you

Daryn and Lee Anne
_Matthew E - Monday, June 14 2004 @ 07:03 PM EDT (#38815) #
Get well soon, Tom. We're pulling for you more than we are for the Jays.
Thomas - Monday, June 14 2004 @ 07:07 PM EDT (#38816) #
I have a cousin with a benign brain tumour, and the word "benign" shouldn't fool anybody into thinking this isn't a very serious matter. However, Tom appears to be exactly the sort of person who can overcome this and I wish Tom a speedy and safe recovery. Blue Jays baseball is simply not the same without him in the booth.

I promise to never mention Dave Berg's playing time again if we get Tom back in the booth....
_Willys Family - Monday, June 14 2004 @ 07:36 PM EDT (#38817) #
Tom you have been in our thoughts and prayers since the passing of your father. We will continue to keep you and your family in them as you make your way through this back to your chair in the booth. The Blue Jays organization and their fans are fortunate to have you. As for we listeners here in California, thank you for the hours of enjoyment that you and Jerry brought us listening to our son's games.
Tom Wilson's Family
_Kieran - Monday, June 14 2004 @ 07:43 PM EDT (#38818) #
I'd rather hear Tom Cheek call a game the Jays lose 10-0 than hear the broadcast without him, regardless of the score. Get well soon, Tom.
_Lindsay - Monday, June 14 2004 @ 07:46 PM EDT (#38819) #
There isn't much more that I can add to the heartfelt testimonials on this thread already, but I would only like to add my thoughts and prayers for Tom, his family, and his extended Blue Jays family.

Get well soon, Tom. The games just aren't the same without you.
_Ryan Adams - Monday, June 14 2004 @ 07:59 PM EDT (#38820) #
I've listened to many baseball announcers over the years, and Tom Cheek easily ranks among the best in the business. Blue Jays fans have been very fortunate to have him call every game in the team's first 27 seasons. It hasn't been the same without him the past few games.

Tom, I wish you all the best during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
_Mylegacy - Monday, June 14 2004 @ 08:30 PM EDT (#38821) #
Tom, beat this thing, that's an order!

When you do remember the good news... you won't have to go to the minors for rehab!

Looking forward to your return, SOON!
_Chris Hummel - Monday, June 14 2004 @ 08:40 PM EDT (#38822) #
Dear Tom,

A belated Happy Birthday and best wishes for a speedy recovery. As a Blue Jays fan in Manitoba, your broadcasts are the reason why I follow the Jays day in, day out. Knowing that there are people all across the country, in the big cities and rural areas, that tune into the Jays; I feel like part of a community that is brought together by you and Jerry.

It's hard to find the words at a time like this, but you just don't know how those unique phrases you use have a meaning to those that listen to you. Hearing that the Jays are wearing their "grey trousers", or that "sometimes you bite the bear, sometimes the bear bites you"; those phrases just bring a smile to my face, and I'm sure I'm not the only one. I hope to hear you describing a "confab" very soon.

All the best, and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Chris Hummel
Lockport, Manitoba
_Christopher - Monday, June 14 2004 @ 08:41 PM EDT (#38823) #
It's weird to even think of the idea of a Jays broadcast without Tom.
Best wishes for a speedy recovery Tom.
Dave Till - Monday, June 14 2004 @ 09:04 PM EDT (#38824) #
A bit more, since my last post was so brief:

Tom has been a constant in my baseball life ever since I started following the Blue Jays back in 1983. His voice is wrapped around every single Blue Jays memory I have, and I can't imagine the Jays without him.

Here's hoping that he recovers speedily, and that we get to hear him broadcast again soon. Like others here, I'd rather hear the Jays lose 10-0 with him around to call the game than to hear the Jays win without him.
_Ryan Day - Monday, June 14 2004 @ 09:06 PM EDT (#38825) #
It's just not Blue Jays' Baseball without Tom Cheek.

Get well soon, Tom.
Mike Green - Monday, June 14 2004 @ 09:45 PM EDT (#38826) #
Tom is the constant of Blue Jay baseball. For fans like me, the game is diminished when he's not there. Get well soon.
_Stan - Monday, June 14 2004 @ 09:54 PM EDT (#38827) #
I've been listening to you Tom Since day 1. We are the same age. I bounced back from my surgery and I know you will too. Thanks for everything. Looking forward to your broadcasts again.
Leigh - Monday, June 14 2004 @ 10:15 PM EDT (#38828) #
Best wishes to Tom, his family and his friends. Blue Jays fans from Victoria to St. John's - and some scattered throughout the rest of world - anxiously await your return.
_Tassle - Monday, June 14 2004 @ 10:25 PM EDT (#38829) #
Baseball is the most wonderful, magical game in the world, not only because of those who play it but also because of those who devote their lives to it. Tom Cheek has made an indelible mark on me. He has been with me in spirit as I developed my love for the sport. All my memories of him are fond ones. Even though most of us have never met him, he had been a friend to us all. Please get through this.
Gerry - Monday, June 14 2004 @ 10:25 PM EDT (#38830) #
Baseball commentators are like extended family, they are part of your life for six or seven months of the year. Tom we need you to get better and get back to your extended family as soon as you can. We will be waiting.
_Greg Holden - Monday, June 14 2004 @ 10:38 PM EDT (#38831) #
Get well, Tom! We all love you out in Port Moody, BC.

_StephenT - Monday, June 14 2004 @ 10:56 PM EDT (#38832) #
Get well soon Tom (but please also take your time to do it right).
_#2JBrumfield - Monday, June 14 2004 @ 11:28 PM EDT (#38833) #
Best of luck Tom! Our prayers are with you. Get well soon.
_Nolan - Monday, June 14 2004 @ 11:30 PM EDT (#38834) #
Get well soon...I'll be praying for you and your family.
_greenfrog - Monday, June 14 2004 @ 11:48 PM EDT (#38835) #
Like the broadcasts. Look forward to having you back. Get well soon!
_Fawaz K - Tuesday, June 15 2004 @ 12:36 AM EDT (#38836) #
Get well soon, Tom; there's another iron-man streak waiting to be started with your name on it.
_Bruce K - Tuesday, June 15 2004 @ 12:47 AM EDT (#38837) #
Get well soon, we are looking forward to your speedy recovery.
_Jeff Geauvreau - Tuesday, June 15 2004 @ 12:49 AM EDT (#38838) #
Tom get better ! We are praying for swift return.
_Scott Carson - Tuesday, June 15 2004 @ 02:15 AM EDT (#38839) #
I have known Tom since I climbed on this train in the spring of 1993. He has became a friend that I would seek out just for a simple hello. When my brother passed away, exactly a year ago today (June 15/03), Tom Cheek was the first to pull me aside on more than one occasion to ask how my family was doing in this very difficult time.

When the news was passed to me that 'The Cheekster' had been striken, I closed my eyes and prayed for a good and decent man.
_coliver - Tuesday, June 15 2004 @ 07:40 AM EDT (#38840) #
Tom Cheek IS the Toronto Blue Jays. Best of luck, Tom, on a speedy recovery.
_Rob C - Tuesday, June 15 2004 @ 08:32 AM EDT (#38841) #
May your recovery be swift, Tom! You've filtered so many great Blue Jay memories through your voice, and we've all been blessed to hear it. You are missed, and we can't wait to have you back.
_Brent - Tuesday, June 15 2004 @ 09:29 AM EDT (#38842) #
Tom, you have brought joy to so many of us. For this, we thank you for all the years in that booth and wish you a full and speedy recovery.

Best of luck Tom!
_mathesond - Tuesday, June 15 2004 @ 10:27 AM EDT (#38843) #
I grew up listening to Tom call games on the radio, first with Hall of Fame pitcher Early Wynn, then with Jerry Howarth. For the past 15 years, whenever people asked me what my ideal job would be, I have always responded with "Calling Jays games on the radio". Tom has a down-home, folksy delivery, and tells a good story - unlike the talking heads on TV that feel like shouting and denigrating is the way to get ahead in their business. The fact that he is more informed than his television counterparts also sets him apart. Even though I live in Chicago, and haven't spent any significant time in Toronto in years, thanks to the magic of the Internet I have been able to listen along to the highs and lows of my favourite team. It was strange not hearing him for a couple games a couple weeks ago, it is something that I hope I don't get accustomed to over the next few months. All the best for a speedy, healthy recovery, Tom, and I eagerly await your return to the booth.
_Anders - Tuesday, June 15 2004 @ 10:42 AM EDT (#38844) #
Tom, I dont know what to say that hasnt already been said.

As someone who has recently had a grandfather fight off a cancerous tumour in the esophagus, all I can say is work hard, and with the love and support of your family the best can happen.

Despite what Cal Ripken may have done, streaks are fairly meaningless. Take all the time you need to recover - baseball is a second priority to health and family.

We all hope in our own way for your triumphant return.

_Anthony J - Tuesday, June 15 2004 @ 11:00 AM EDT (#38845) #
I remember, growing up as a kid, when my dad said it was bedtime, running up to my room, and changing quickly. I had the volume set up perfectly on the radio so that it was loud enough to hear Tom's and Jerry voice but low enough so that my parents couldn't hear the radio on. Satisfied, I would curl up, listening to the Jays win (or lose) another game. I would wake up briefly during the night, jarred by a commerical to turn the radio off (At the end of the gae) and go back to bed.

Tom, you have been a joy in my life for many years. I pray for a quick and speedy recovery and I can't wait to hear your smooth voice calling "Jays Win. Jays Win." ASAP.

Anthony J.
_Daniel McIlroy - Tuesday, June 15 2004 @ 11:32 AM EDT (#38846) #
I don't know if any of the other STATS game scorers lurk around The Box, but I'm sure Steve and Paul will join me in saying we hope you're back on the beat and feeling fine as soon as possible. Tonight would be perfect, but just get better soon, OK?

And while I'm here, I would like to salute the professionalism of both Tom and Jerry. They call the game; they tell you what's happening on the field. It's not something that interrupts their stories or their gossip. Pitch after pitch after pitch, they get on with it and report what happened. It's the centre, the focus, of what their work is about. And its surprising how unusual that it is.
_Four Seamer - Tuesday, June 15 2004 @ 02:24 PM EDT (#38847) #
While it is deeply unfortunate that it took an illness to provoke such an outpouring of affection, it is reassuring to know that Jays fans realize what a treasure they have in Tom Cheek.

Tom, you and Jerry have provided the soundtrack to a lifetime worth of memories, and it just doesn't seem right listening to a game without you. Get better soon, and stay strong. And in the meantime, I'll swing by Alice Fazooli's after the game and say hello to the gang for you.
_alsiem - Tuesday, June 15 2004 @ 04:49 PM EDT (#38848) #
Tom, I wish you the best and keep fighting.
_Brian - Tuesday, June 15 2004 @ 04:58 PM EDT (#38849) #
I've been listening to you since 1986 Tom - I prayed for you and your family.

God's speed.
_Bob In Brantfor - Tuesday, June 15 2004 @ 08:19 PM EDT (#38850) #
I never tell a baseball story without starting out with " this is Tom Cheek with Early Winn .... (Sorry Jerry)

I bought my first in the car FM radio to get the Tom Cheek Blue Jays broadcast when the were carried on 92.1 CKPC Brantford.

Tom has the ability to make almost every game mean something. In the early days he made avoiding the sweep or winning the rubbber match sound important and exciting and meaningful. I would carry my portable radio around the garden to hear every play. I couldn't go three days without my baseball fix, and I think Tom is the person who made it so important for me.

The Blue Jays radio signal is much harder to find these days. The TV broacasts are polluted by Motor Mouth Cerutti. Do they pay that guy by the Word? I can't watch unless I can get the radio soundtrack The Hamilton and Guelph stations do only a fair job of getting an audible signal to Brantford.

When the big seasons came Tom built us up to it, game after game year after year. All those comebacks, all those home runs, all those saves, all those extra innings.

We all glad you had the good sense to listen to your body and get a medical opinion. Get well soon Tom. You (and Jerry) are doing great work. Your work is historically important in this country, and it is being done with class, style, intelligence and integrity.

Good luck and God Bless.

Bob in Brantford.
_Valerie - Tuesday, June 15 2004 @ 09:11 PM EDT (#38851) #
To Tom:
Baseball was not my special sport, having come from a country where cricket is the national pasttime; however listening to your Blue Jays broadcasts made a difference in my understanding of the game. The first game I saw on TV did not impress me, but with your discription of the plays I began to understand it and am now a real fan. Get well soon--Jays game will not be the same without you. Having to look at those ugly new uniforms is enough to take.(Ha Haa!!!)
_Dan - Tuesday, June 15 2004 @ 09:43 PM EDT (#38852) #
I've been enjoying listening to the games ever since I was a teenager, and it's been a real shock to tune in and not hear Tom's voice coming over the radio waves. We miss you Tom, hope you get well soon.

Dan in Hamilton
_Kathryn - Tuesday, June 15 2004 @ 09:44 PM EDT (#38853) #

You have been an integral part of my summer since 1980, please take care and come back to the warm sunshine and lazy summer afternoons and nights. Thanks for so many of them.
_Ron TRIMM in B. - Tuesday, June 15 2004 @ 09:50 PM EDT (#38854) #
Hope you get well soon Tom. I love listening to baseball on radio and your part of the reason I enjoy it so much. I was just down in Seattle to see the Jays take 2 of 3 down there. I just moved from Ontario to B.C, and that was my only chance to see them this year. Its good to listen to yopu guys on the fan 590...hope to hear you back on the air real soon.....Ron
_steve - Tuesday, June 15 2004 @ 10:01 PM EDT (#38855) #

Even when things were touchy between my Grandfather and myself we'd somehow find a way to put matters aside and listen to you since 1981. Listening to you as a youth never exposed to baseball I learned to fall in love with the pace and beauty of the game. To this day I still prefer to listen to you and Jerry. I KNOW I will listen to you two for many years to come. Thank you for so many memorable moments...listening to west coast trips in the wee hours on a school night...the thrill of the 85 drive and the playoffs...Buck Martinez coming back in 86 and beating the Tigers with a homerun...George Bell's three homeruns on opening day 88...Dave Stieb's no-hitter..the heart breaking end to the 87 season...these things stay with me thanks to you...Be Strong And Get Back Soon...Again...Thank You
_Mark Olacke - Tuesday, June 15 2004 @ 10:04 PM EDT (#38856) #
Hi Tom,

All the best for a quick and full recovery from your recent surgery. The Jays broadcast is missing an integral part of its team. I have listened to you as long as you have been doing Jays games on stations received in NW. Ontario and now on Manitoulin Island. Many a night I have listened to your professional announcing while I sat in my boat catching walleye and jumbo perch and tonight was no exception as I listened to your beloved partner Jerry on the FAN wish you the best over the airways. As an amateur radio operator you get used to hearing certain voices over the air and your voice is one to remember. Get well my radio friend and re-enter the broadcast booth as soon as you feel able. God Bless!

Mark Olacke-VE3IG
Manitoulin Island
_DEB- CAMBRIDGE - Tuesday, June 15 2004 @ 10:08 PM EDT (#38857) #
_John & Barbara - Tuesday, June 15 2004 @ 10:15 PM EDT (#38858) #
Dear Tom; We are so, so, sorry to hear about your illness. Our hearts go out to you, Shirley and your family. We miss your golden voice on the radio broadcasting the Blue Jays game and your great sayings like "Katy bar the door time". We turn the TV down and listen at home and wear our earphones when we are at the games. We are praying for you Tom and we wish you a speedy recovery. "Touch them all Tom and get back to to work".
John & Barbara
_Bruce Krause - Tuesday, June 15 2004 @ 10:27 PM EDT (#38859) #
Speedy recovery Tom. One classy fellow. We met at a few radio days at the ballpark with the Blue Jays radio network, Frances and all the others. Very fond memories. We'll hear you soon...your friend Bruce Krause formerly of Q104 radio in Sault., now a therapist at North Bay Psych hospital.
_Nicholas - Tuesday, June 15 2004 @ 10:28 PM EDT (#38860) #
Ever Since I was 12 I have enjoyed listening to your games.

Now I am 14 and soon I have to decided what do in my life.

All throughout spring training and summer I listen to the games.I will always remember doing my homework while listening to the best Broadcasters in Baseball ( Tom and Jerry ) . I would like to become a Radio Broadcaster. How did you get involved in broadcasting? If you could e-mail whenever you get the chance, I would love it.

Get well soon and I cant wait to hear you again.
_Joe C. - Tuesday, June 15 2004 @ 10:44 PM EDT (#38861) #
Dear Tom,

since day one I have listened to so many games that you have become a friend. Chores around the house were always made much easier as I listened to you call the game. As a friend I send you my very best wishes and prayers for a speedy recovery! Get well soon and get back to the park!!!
_Scott - Tuesday, June 15 2004 @ 10:45 PM EDT (#38862) #
All the Best Tom
_Brett - Tuesday, June 15 2004 @ 10:52 PM EDT (#38863) #
Those nights sitting on the deck with the boys listening to the Baseball game. All the memories you gave us. Thank you.

Get well soon
_Larry & Judi in - Tuesday, June 15 2004 @ 11:10 PM EDT (#38864) #
Dear Tom:

It was so strange to turn on the radio the other day and not hear your voice. We have been listening to your broadcasts with the Blue Jays since day one in Blue Jays history.

We want to send you our best wishes for a speedy recovery !

Our favourite moment listening to you over the years was in 1993 when we were returning from Myrtle Beach listening to Game # 6 of the World Series on the car radio. We'll never forget your calls that night as we drove through the night hanging on your every word.

We can't wait to hear your voice on the radio again, so get better soon and back to the ballpark when you are able.

Larry and Judi,
_Richard Adams - Wednesday, June 16 2004 @ 12:30 AM EDT (#38865) #
Oh my!

I've not followed baseball for a number of years. But the Jays are on the West Coast. I'll put on the game for the soothing company of Tom and Jerry while I'm working late. What's this? Tom Cheek isn't there? He had an operation for a brain tumour? What a revolting development!

I can't work. Tons of memories are cascading all over me. He was as reliable as the sunrise. He shortened long drives. He was Sunday afternoons. He was late nights on the Coast. He was the World Series. He was the warmth of Spring Training.

I can feel the timbre of his voice enveloping me like a favorite blanket - warm and cozy and familiar.

My favorite memory is a broadcast few ever heard. Someone gave me a copy of his line feed from the famous Earthquake Series in Candlestick Park in 1989. After the tremors he continued to broadcast until he said "You know I'm not sure we're the smartest people in the world staying in the broadcast booth." How do I explain the impact of what he said. It was calm, it was accurate, it was real.

Tom, you're very real.

My prayers are that you have a refuah shelaima - Hebrew for a complete healing.
_NIck - Wednesday, June 16 2004 @ 03:21 AM EDT (#38866) #
Tom Cheek has been the voice that lulled me to sleep as a young child on long car rides at night, the voice that has captured every moment of my favourite team's successes and failutes, and the voice I associate with the game I love. I hope he has a speedy recovery because he is a fantastic commentator and, from what I hear, an even better man.
_Tim Larsen - Wednesday, June 16 2004 @ 03:49 AM EDT (#38867) #
Tom, I can't tell you how good turning on the radio in the car and hearing yours and Jerry's voice describing a Jay's game has made me feel throughout my life. It's given me feelings of excitement, sadness, pride, nervousness, tranquility and pure joy. By describing what you see on the field each night, you've not only given me a far better picture of the game than television ever will, you've also enhanced my life. Your voice has provided a backdrop that has stimulated some of the most intense conversations i've had with my father. Our relationship would not be as strong today were it not for baseball and especially our time spent together listening to your broadcasts. That might sound a little weird, but it's the truth. Thank you, Tom. I wish there was some way I could help you now, but all I can do is wish you the best and hope that by reading this and all the other posts/emails you're getting, you realize that you've got a huge extended family who are with you all the way. Take care.
_Jim in central - Wednesday, June 16 2004 @ 03:53 AM EDT (#38868) #
As a die hard Blue Jay fan living in the States I can attest that Tom's voice has always had a warm and familiar ring to it. Many a night I sit in my car listening to the Jays while the AM signal will fade in and out, but somehow always able to hear Tom and Jerrys familiar voices through the static. I met them both in person in Cleveland 15 years ago, and I can truly say that the likable and friendly persona Tom exudes on the radio is the real deal, Canadian Baseball fans have truly had a real treasure in Tom Cheek. May god keep and Bless you during this time. Get well soon Tom, and please come back when your health permits to add yet another chapter to the soundtrack of our lives as we cheer on the Toronto Blue Jays!
_Nisha Batra - Wednesday, June 16 2004 @ 07:39 AM EDT (#38869) #
I just wanted to say that I was saddened to hear the news of Tom, I have been a long time fan of the Blue Jays, and listening to Tom and Jerry on the radio was always a part of the routine when I sat down to do homework. A friend of mine that has now passed away fell in love with baseball over here and would listen to you guys on the radio. Tom I sincerely hope and pray that you get better soon
We all miss that voice.

Nisha Batra
_Val - Wednesday, June 16 2004 @ 08:19 AM EDT (#38870) #
Our family has been following the Blue Jays
and listening to Tom and Jerry for only a
few short years. We are sending up prayers
for Tom and his family, the Blue Jays and
the listening audience. God Bless!

Val Reilly & Family
Sister of Brian Butterfield
_Patti P - Wednesday, June 16 2004 @ 08:50 AM EDT (#38871) #
Our thoughts and prayers are with Tom and his family. We were very saddened to hear about the death of his father and Tom's health problems following so quickly is unbelievable. We have always listened to the games on the radio with Tom and Jerry- and when attending the games at the skydome I always have my walkman on to get their play by play. A few years ago we met Tom at Papa Leone's restuarant- he was such a class guy, taking time to talk and sign our playbook. We wish you a speedy recovery- Jerry is doing a great job but it is the duo that makes the broadcasts. God Bless!
_Joe Katzman - Wednesday, June 16 2004 @ 11:37 AM EDT (#38872) #
Blogged this one over at winds of Change.NET, with a link here. Hope it brings you some traffic.

My most enduring memory of Tom is of him and Jerry signing a baseball for my father - an item that remains his most cherished Father's Day gift to this day. A class act all the way.

Best wishes to Tom and his family. Thank goodness the tumour is beningn, and let's all hope it stays that way long enough to buy time for a successful treatment. We miss you, Tom, and we're looking forward to your new streak!
_Steve Birnie - Wednesday, June 16 2004 @ 12:21 PM EDT (#38873) #
Last night, around the 4th inning of the game, Miguel Batista stood on the mound and licked his fingers. The umpire immediately called a ball, because according to the rulebook, pitchers must step off the mound area if they want to go to their mouth.

When the play happened, the first thing that crossed my mind was Tom Cheek. I consider myself a fairly knowledgable baseball fan, but the only reason I knew about this arcane little rule, which I had never seen called, was because of past explanations Tom had given dring games.

Tom, get well soon. There's many, many baseball fans out there that can learn about the game, it's roots, history, rules and so on from you. Wed need your voice out there.
_Rick - Wednesday, June 16 2004 @ 01:16 PM EDT (#38874) #
Wishing you a speedy recovery Tom and all the best to your family.
I am a Truck driver with thirty six years expeience and have been with the Jays from the start.
I looked forward to hearing your voice Tom, you some how captivated me and if I was not a real blue jays fan then, it did not take long to become one.
I an amazed with your baseball insight and your may years of play-by-play of the game.
I hope there will be many wounderful years Tom!
I like Jerry's call of the game but you too are a great duo that really work well together. You can not take one away from the other.
You two are like Abbot and Costello, Martin and Lewis and Burns and Allen. A strong duo that is great and should always be together as a team.
Get Well Tom and may God Bless!

Your Fan Rick.
_Robert S. - Wednesday, June 16 2004 @ 01:18 PM EDT (#38875) #
The media all say that you're a good guy. The world needs more good guys. Take care. Robert
_bird droppings - Wednesday, June 16 2004 @ 01:35 PM EDT (#38876) #

A big hug from one of the guys up in 518. Get well soon.


Mike Bembenek
_Anne G - Wednesday, June 16 2004 @ 01:52 PM EDT (#38877) #

I know you will come out of this even stronger than before. I wish you a speedy recovery. Come back to us soon, its not the same without you.

_Gwyneth G. - Wednesday, June 16 2004 @ 03:56 PM EDT (#38878) #
I was shocked to hear of Tom Cheek’s recent illness. I wish you all the best for a speedy recovery and hope to hear you back on the Blue Jays sports casts again really soon. I have been listening to the Blue Jays on the radio for quite some time now, and I must say it seems so strange not to hear the voice of Tom Cheek with Jerry Howarth. I am sure many Toronto Blue Jays fans realize what a prize we have in Tom Cheek and his wonderful style of calling the games.

Get well soon. Our thoughts and prayers are with both you and your family during this difficult time.
_Jane - Wednesday, June 16 2004 @ 04:08 PM EDT (#38879) #
When my sons started playing t-ball, they also had to start watching the Blue Jays on TV -- or, when we were travelling to one of their games, listen on the radio. Through your colourful, detailed descriptions of the plays on the field, I began to know what to watch for when the kids played, understand the rules, and how to mark the score sheets for their teams. We got so involved over the years that we would often stay awake into the wee hours listening to the Blue Jays as you and Jerry called it from the west coast. Yes, I am one of those "at home in bed scoring"! My sons are now in their 20's . . .

Tom, we offer our deepest sympanthies in the passing of your Dad, and our heartfelt prayers for your speedy and complete recovery! Take some of this 'recovery' time to reflect on all the good things you had with your Dad, and to rejuvinate yourself for many more years in the broadcast booth!

You are being missed!
_Ken Irwin - Wednesday, June 16 2004 @ 04:59 PM EDT (#38880) #
Tom and Family:

As a lifelong fan of the Blue Jays, I just wanted to tell you Tom that we are all thinking of you. You are inour thoughts and prayers daily. I look forward to hearing the other half of the voice of the Toronto Blue Jays once again. It just won't be the same with out you. We have our own Ironman in you Tom, you will come back and grace the airways once again. Take care and get well see.
_jason - Wednesday, June 16 2004 @ 05:45 PM EDT (#38881) #
I worked in the bush in the late eighties on the North shore of Lake Superior. It was amazing what skipped across the waves on the AM dial, but I was always searching for one thing - the dulcet tones of Tom Cheek and his partner Jerry Howorth. I got the bug of being a ball fan many years ago, and in all that time you have been a faithfull companion, a friend. Please get well soon Tom. My best wishes and prayers go out to you and yours.

_Tony - Wednesday, June 16 2004 @ 05:58 PM EDT (#38882) #
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Tom and hope you have a speedy recovery. Blue Jay games are not the same without your colourful commentary.
_Val - Wednesday, June 16 2004 @ 07:30 PM EDT (#38883) #
http://Peterborough, Ontario

Your voice is embedded in my memory. Since 1977, I have heard you and listened to you and watched the games with you. When living in Northern Alberta, it was you that got me hooked to the Jays.

You make travelling in the car, easy, and exciting.

My thoughts and my prayers are with you and your family.

God Speed...............

Back to the booth soonest.

Love you Tom.
_Rahim Sunderji - Wednesday, June 16 2004 @ 08:12 PM EDT (#38884) #
Just wanting to wish you a speedy recovery to your good health. However hard it is for us to hear the games without you right now, that is not first priority. Wishing you all the best, and once that happens, wishing you to once again bless us with that great insight!
_IAM - Wednesday, June 16 2004 @ 10:30 PM EDT (#38885) #
Best wishes, Tom. Great news that you're back at home. (How about that?!?!) Though like all of the Blue Jay faithful, I'm looking forward to hearing you back on the radio, DON'T RUSH BACK. Just chill out, listen to Jerry, work on your short game.

Take care of yourself,
_Peter King - Wednesday, June 16 2004 @ 11:18 PM EDT (#38886) #
Hey Tom;

From one former Vermonter to thoughts and prayers are with you from Orlando FL. Get well soon!
_Lois and family - Thursday, June 17 2004 @ 12:37 AM EDT (#38887) #
You have been with us since the "ball lost in fog" days at Exhibition Stadium. You have always been so gracious and very professional while being the greatest Blue Jays fan of us all. My nine-year old son wanted to be a sports broadcaster after he heard you in 1977. We met you at Spring training in 1979 and you introduced us to your family. All of our memories associated with the Blue Jays include you. That "nine-year old" just celebrated his 36th birthday and he quoted your "you'll never do that again Joe" remark. You are in all our prayers and we wish you a very fast, successful return to your favourite past-time at the ballpark.

Love, "seasoned" fans (section 124).
_Glenn and Dougl - Thursday, June 17 2004 @ 03:56 AM EDT (#38888) #
It's a fact of broadcasting that total strangers consider a favorite announcer a good friend because we often listen much more closely to you than our own loved ones. My brother and I have enjoyed many Blue Jays games (good and bad) during our previous careers as long-haul truck drivers.
This is as much a "Thank You" for the many hours of entertainment as it is a fervent hope for your speedy and full recovery from the "DL."
Get well soon, Tom.
Best Wishes from your friends, Glenn and Douglas Lalonde.
_Denise - Thursday, June 17 2004 @ 08:40 AM EDT (#38889) #
My thoughts to the Cheek family - Tom and Jerry have been a comforting tradition for me on my travels home to see my parents on many a weekend or summer trip, through the Ottawa Valley to southern Ontario. All the best, Tom - get well soon - we need those dulcet tones back on the air.
_Isobel - Thursday, June 17 2004 @ 09:14 AM EDT (#38890) #
Dear Tom:

In a fleeting moment, Joe touched 'em all as he brought home the World Series. You've taught us a deep love for baseball that will last us a lifetime. We may not have the best baseball team in the league, but no-one can call a game like you and Jerry. You've elevated the art to new heights.

We miss you, we love you. Come back soon.

_maryellen - Thursday, June 17 2004 @ 11:47 AM EDT (#38891) #
I have been following the Blue Jays and listening
to Tom and Jerry since their World Series years.
Baseball wouldn't be the same without you,
Get well soon.
Thoughts and Prayers are with you.
_Steve from Toro - Thursday, June 17 2004 @ 01:14 PM EDT (#38892) #
Many years ago, some co-workers and I were trying to figure out the answer to a baseball trivia question. Stumped, one of us said, "Hey, let's call Tom Cheek and ask him." We found his home number was in the phone book.

His wife, Shirley, answered, just as Tom was returning home from golfing on a Jays' off-day. She handed the phone to him, and we asked our question.

Tom thought about it for a while, and then he said, "Doggone it, that's a great question. Let me go research that one." A few minutes later, he called us back with the right answer!

That's the kind of person Tom Cheek is. In my years as a freelance sportswriter, our paths crossed a few times, and Tom was even gracious enough to help me out when I was writing a baseball book.

Get well soon, Tom. You know our prayers and wishes are with you always!
_Don - Friday, June 18 2004 @ 10:25 AM EDT (#38893) #
In Southern Ontario we have probably taken our radio broadcast crew for granted, with no yardstick for how good they really are.
Over many years I developed the habit, while driving in late summer evenings, of surfing through my car radio picking up baseball broadcasts from all over the dial and all levels of the game. Sometimes they were clear and strong, and sometimes, through the quirks of night time reception, they came from far distant places, fading in and out alongside phone-ins and gospel music. You
get to hear a lot of major league broadcasters that way.
To my mind not one of these, not Scully, not Prince, not Harwell, was any better than our guy.
Get well again Tom, and back to work.
_Jeff from Londo - Saturday, June 19 2004 @ 04:43 PM EDT (#38894) #
Dear Tom, You have the Great Gift of letting us see the baseball games through your eyes and voice ... we all will miss you for the time you will be recovering. All the best at this time, take it easy and rest up. From : A Jays Broadcast fan
_Mo - Sunday, June 20 2004 @ 12:33 AM EDT (#38895) #
Dear Tom,

I've always loved your broadcasts during the early 90's when the Jays won the World Series. I still feel the uniqueness of heat and excitement in your broadcasts just like John Miller on Sunday Night Baseball games and Rick Jeanerette of the Buffalo Sabres Hockey (now with Empire Sports in Buffalo). You're an icon for the Blue Jays booth and I hope and pray you get a speed recovery. My thoughts and prayers go out to you.

_Karim Sunderji - Sunday, June 20 2004 @ 12:24 PM EDT (#38896) #
Hi Tom,

I just want to wish you a speedy recovery. I thoroughly enjoy your broadcasts and your baseball and more specifically, your Toronto Blue Jays analysis.

All the best during your current hardship Iron Man.

Take Care Tom

Karim Sunderji
_Nancy - Sunday, June 20 2004 @ 12:24 PM EDT (#38897) #
I have listened to the Blue Jays boradcasts from day one - turning off the TV sound to listen to you and Jerry. Come back soon.
_Daryn - Monday, June 21 2004 @ 02:25 PM EDT (#38898) #
I forgot to mention, my fantasy baseball teams are called

the Tuchem Awljo
the Andthair Sheegos

You can always spot a Toronto fan if they "Get it"
_Mike in CT - Monday, June 21 2004 @ 02:54 PM EDT (#38899) #
That's very clever Daryn!

Get well soon, Tom. We miss you!!
_JAMES CONRAD - Monday, June 21 2004 @ 04:19 PM EDT (#38900) #

_John Comeau - Monday, June 21 2004 @ 09:51 PM EDT (#38901) #
Our best wishes and prayers for a full recovery soon, from two Blue Jay and Tom and Jerry fans. It is just not the same without you, Tom.
_IainS - Tuesday, June 22 2004 @ 05:43 AM EDT (#38902) #
Best wishes Tom.
_willyp - Tuesday, June 22 2004 @ 09:40 AM EDT (#38903) #
Tom, you were (and are) the baseball voice of my childhood. Get well and get back to being the basebll voice of my adulthood. We all miss you and hope to hear you again soon.
_BeanBallHall - Wednesday, June 23 2004 @ 11:38 PM EDT (#38904) #
Over the past many seasons you have been an inspiration to many thousands of baseball fans around North America. I wanted to let you know that everyday you are in my prayers and the prayers of your family. I want you to know that your whole family are here for you and hope for your speedy recovery. Look forward to hearing from you soon.
_Harold - Thursday, June 24 2004 @ 04:29 PM EDT (#38905) #
Tom, like with most fans, we've never met. You've touched our lives with your incredible style of broadcasting. You truly are the best I've ever heard. We miss Tom the broadcaster, but we are praying for Tom the person. Get well soon!
_Hartley - Saturday, June 26 2004 @ 12:58 AM EDT (#38906) #
Tom, I have grown up listening to you. I have a couple of programs with you and Early Wynn in the first year of the Blue Jays 1977 on AM1430 The Hewpex network. It has been a pleasure to listen to you call the play by play of the Blue Jays since day one
My thoughts and prayers are with you to get well soon. I look forward to hearing you back on the radio.

I encourage all Blue Jays fans to vote for Tom Cheek as a candidate for the Ford Frick Award. He certainly deserves it.
_chet - Saturday, June 26 2004 @ 06:53 PM EDT (#38907) #
As a blind baseball fan living in the back waters of Buffalo NY, I have enjoyed Tom's rich and dulcid tones as he's painted the pictures of my beloved game. Until recently I could easily listen on CJRN .710 AM but these days I listen on the FAN 590; which, though not as clear, still transmits beautifully to Buffalo. I wish Tom a full and speedy recovery. I'd not caught any discussion of his illness and assumed that he was suffering some depression after the recent death of his father. I was shocked to read of his brain tumor but am certain that his will to recover coupled with the startling medical technology of today, that he will be back to calling a windup ass, "he winds and he works." Best wishes, Tom
_Mike Pyzik - Sunday, June 27 2004 @ 10:44 AM EDT (#38908) #

Best wishes on a speedy recovery. As a long-time Tigers fan here in Detroit, I discovered your voice back in 1991 and have never turned you off since. In my book, your right up there with the great Ernie Harwell. The summer won't be the same without you.


Mike Pyzik
_Nancy Rebel - Thursday, July 01 2004 @ 10:57 AM EDT (#38909) #
The very best to you.

You are a person that has touched so many lives with kindess and caring. You are definately the "gentle giant" among men.

Keep that smile and wonderful spirit going.

Regards, A fan from Detroit
_Gayle - Thursday, July 01 2004 @ 11:11 AM EDT (#38910) #
Tom, you have been a part of our family since the beginning of Blue Jays baseball. You have sat with us in our living room, hung out with us on the back patio as we worked in the garden, and kept us company on long road trips. Driving through the night, with the radio station just barely coming into range, there is nothing more comforting than turning the dial to suddenly hear "A swiiiiiing and a miss!" and knowing that you've hopped back in the car with us again.

You've even talked about our family of baseball kids on the air -- Kirby, Mookie and Chili -- and given us all a big thrill.

We long to hear those "Cheek-isms" again. Though the Blue Jays have had some disastrous outings over the years, you have always managed to put a smile on our faces with your mention of "the wheels have come off", or "the horse is out of the barn". Or when a drunken fan leaps onto the field (never in Toronto of course!) and you tell us that he "doesn't know if he's afoot or horseback".

Jerry is doing a terrific job without you -- but somehow it still feels like the off-season when you're not there with him. Hurry back to the booth Tom. And to our living room, patio, and car. We miss you terribly.
_Don - Friday, July 02 2004 @ 07:28 AM EDT (#38911) #
Our prayers are with you Tom as you battle through this illness. You are missed. Hurry back to good health.
_Derek - Friday, July 02 2004 @ 08:53 AM EDT (#38912) #
Tom, from my family to you, we wish you a solid recovery. You are the Lou Gehrig of the broadcast booth and are a great person! It isn't the same without you.
_Steve Graham - Friday, July 02 2004 @ 10:40 AM EDT (#38913) #
From a Jays fan in the U.K. can i wish Tom a speedy recovery and hope to hear you back in the booth with Jerry where you belong, real soon.
Best wishes
_Larry - Friday, July 02 2004 @ 11:49 AM EDT (#38914) #
Listening to you since April 7, 1977. Get well soon! Looking forward to hearing your voice again!
_Another Tom - Friday, July 02 2004 @ 12:07 PM EDT (#38915) #
Tom: Having been with you since the very first year, I am one of those who makes a point of hearing you sign on for the first game from spring training. You make the last part of winter more tolerable. I am also one of those who often turns off the tv sound in order to hear your calling the game.
There are literally millions of people who are pulling for you to have a speedy and complete recovery from your present difficulties,and I am only one of them. I tust that somehow all those good thoughts will help you through this. All best wishes.
_Mike Marshall - Friday, July 02 2004 @ 12:33 PM EDT (#38916) #
To one of the genuine "good guys" in the business and one hell of a broadcaster, Tom, here's to the next streak.
My dad, Norm, sends best wishes for a complete recovery, too.
We look forward to hearing you soon.
_Zarar - Friday, July 02 2004 @ 01:21 PM EDT (#38917) #
I hope you get well soon. It's always great fun listening to Bluejays baseball with Tom and Jerry. Wishing you a fast recovery and looking to hear your voice again soon.
_dale tonelli - Friday, July 02 2004 @ 02:58 PM EDT (#38918) #
_Darren MacDonal - Friday, July 02 2004 @ 03:15 PM EDT (#38919) #

I've been listening to you call Jays games literally all my life. You have provided listeners with endless insight, humour and a friendly voice to spend time with. Get well soon and know that we're thinking of you.
_Dino - Friday, July 02 2004 @ 03:31 PM EDT (#38920) #
Thanks for the memories. HOPE TO HEAR YOU SOON.
_Sam Cicirello - Friday, July 02 2004 @ 04:21 PM EDT (#38921) #
I have been listening to Tom and Jerry for as long as I can remember. It's not the same without Tom. My thoughts and prayers go out to Tom Cheek and his entire family. Get well soon...
_greg e - Friday, July 02 2004 @ 06:38 PM EDT (#38922) #
I'm not ready to contemplate the Toronto airwaves without Tom Cheek.

It's a non-starter.

I can't believe this is happening to me.

I'm 30 and I don't know summer without Tom and I don't plan to.

Call this post selfish, but these are my feelings and you know I'm not alone.

Tom, just do the home games. Just do the 3rd inning, I don't care. Just get back on the air so this feeling of the ground shaking beneath my feet stops.
_Peter Mallett - Friday, July 02 2004 @ 08:58 PM EDT (#38923) #
Tom, I once played alongside your son Jeff on his high school basketball team at Nelson H.S. You were one of the best supporters of our squad and the guys on the team knew you would always be at our games whenever you could make it.
I have since moved on to work in the field of sports journalism and realize what an important role you have played in the development of major league baseball in Canada.
Hoping you are back on the job soon to continue your unfinished work. We all miss hearing your voice. Get well soon.
Peter Mallett
A.K.A. 'Sky Mallett'
The Globe and Mail
_George Tsoi-A-S - Saturday, July 03 2004 @ 10:50 AM EDT (#38924) #
Hi, Tom,

My baseball life has not been the same without you.
You once referred to me as "a major baseball fan"
as I have been listening to baseball games on radio
since 1941 when they were broadcast over the US Armed
Forces radio WVDI in Trinidad, West Indies.
I came up to Canada in 1982 and have been following
the Blue Jays ever since, thanks to you and to a lesser
degree, Jerry. You may even recall sending me a copy of
your book published right after the first World Series
win by the Blue Jays and refusing to accept my cheque!!
What a wonderful guy you are!!
With God's blessing, may you have a full recovery and
resume where you left off.

With best wishes,

George Tsoi-A-Sue
_Mark Elwood - Saturday, July 03 2004 @ 02:14 PM EDT (#38925) #

I don't know if my Dad or my sister got to thank you and Jerry for that most eloquent on-air tribute you made to my dear mother Catherine who passed away last May, but I can assure you it meant a great deal to our entire family. Like my Mom, you have been part of the Blue Jay family "from the get-go" (as you might say!). I was so impressed by the support our family received from the extended Blue Jay family last year, how obviously tight that family has remained over the years. I am sure you are receiving the same from this wonderful group. Please know that all the Elwoods are thinking about you, praying for your complete recovery and looking forward to your return to the broadcast booth.

Fondest regards,

Mark Elwood
_Ken and Marlene - Sunday, July 04 2004 @ 06:40 PM EDT (#38926) #
Hi Shirley and Tom! A big Hello to you both from 15 Emery Circle. Please know that you both are in our thoughts and prayers as you put forth your well-known effort at this time. I retired on June 30th from teaching so now I will have lots of time to spend with my granddaughter. If there is anything you need, please e-mail us and we'll be there with bells on. Go for it Tom, you always succeed in all your endeavours. Sincerely, Marlene and Ken
_Paul - Sunday, July 04 2004 @ 09:10 PM EDT (#38927) #

I grew up with you describing Blue Jays games to me over the radio airwaves. I have been a fan of yours from Blue Jay inception through to this very day. You have been a part of my life as the baseball game on the radio is always a fixture for me weekday evenings and weekends. I wish you nothing but a fast and speedy recovery. My thoughts are with you.
_Thiru Sinnatham - Tuesday, July 06 2004 @ 08:31 PM EDT (#38928) #
Tom.. We Love Hearing you and we all hope that you get better as soon as possible!
_Keith Campbell - Wednesday, July 07 2004 @ 01:39 PM EDT (#38929) #
Dear Tom,
Thank you for all those evenings that you broadcast the Blue Jay games. You certainly made my trips home in the car most enjoyable. I am praying for you to have a full recovery and that you will be back on the radio soon.
Keith Campbell
_Steve Clark - Wednesday, July 07 2004 @ 07:35 PM EDT (#38930) #
You have been my voice of summer since 1977. You were my voice of summer when I lived in Buffalo. You have been my voice of summer [thanks to the Internet] since I have moved to Colorado. I am confident that you will be my voice of summer for many years to come. You and your family are in my prayers.

Steve Clark
_The Bacon Famil - Thursday, July 08 2004 @ 08:08 AM EDT (#38931) #
Listening to the Jay's game on the radio is just not the same without you,Tom. We are thinking about you daily. Best wishes for a speedy recovery. We can't wait until you are back.
_Mike Cookson - Thursday, July 08 2004 @ 08:57 AM EDT (#38932) #
Tom, I usually listen to the radio and keep the T.V. on mute. You have been a constant for me and my two boys since I first started following the Jays in 1977. The beginning of the broadcasts every year signalled summer was coming and time to relax. I miss hearing your voice on the radio, and my thoughts and prayers are for you and your family through this time. Best wishes for a speedy comeback and don't let them talk you into a 'rehab' assignment in Syracuse!
_Patti Cakes - Thursday, July 08 2004 @ 01:43 PM EDT (#38933) #
Hey Tom,
Do you have any idea how many fans you have? You are such a staple on the radio. My grown-up and married daughters still kid me about the days at our Muskoka cottage when my father-in-law and I would sit in the kitchen (only spot with any radio reception), and listen to your broadcasts with our ears getting closer and closer to the radio. We would get lots of comments from the peanut gallery kidding us about only hearing static in there. We would listen to you till the signal finally gave out and there was no more. Now we have satellite !!!
I fondly remember my father-in-laws advice to me when I caught the "Blue Jays Bug" as he called it. When watching the game at home on the TV, turn down the sound and turn on the T & J show as he called it on the radio. He said I would learn more about the game of baseball listening to you than I would learn from any "pretty boy" on TV. Boy, was he right. That statement changed with Buck Martinez and Pat Tabler on the TV - they are just like you, lots of info to give. And that's what radio fans like, is for the game to always be a learning experience and you have always been so generous with your vast knowledge of the game - thanks for sharing.
All the times I have driven my husband crazy listening to the games on the radio between the cottage and London. To say the least, he is not a baseball fan and the whole car did a collective sigh when they heard your voice - they knew they were in for a long drive. Then they bought me my own Walkman for Christmas. But, that said, you bring joy to so many people and your voice is instantly recognizable.
I wish you all the best and always remember you have a huge fan base out here in radio land and as Mike said in the previous e-mail, watch out for the Rehab assignment - we all love you.
_Mary - Friday, July 09 2004 @ 01:18 AM EDT (#38934) #
Hi Tom

I'm a big fan of yours and every spring I look forward to listening to Tom and Jerry on the radio. It's just not the same without you. No one calls a game like you and I miss your voice on the radio. Everyday I pray to the man upstairs that you make a full recovery. I know that you will, he owes me one. Tom my prayers are with you and your family. God bless get well soon and get back to doing what you love doing.
_Sam Ewing - Monday, July 12 2004 @ 12:56 PM EDT (#38935) #

How can I convey to you the prayers and concerns of oh so many past Blue Jay players. From one point of reference, I have so many positive and wonderful memories of what it was like to work with and be entertained by such a consumate professional. Your constant, reassuring and positive tone 'in and outside' the booth meant alot to all the players in those first years. I, for one, believed in you in those early days as I know you believed in all of us. Please know that 'we' are with you in these tough times and you remain in our thoughts and prayers. From one Blue Jay to another.. thanks and keep swinging.

Sam Ewing
1978 & 1979 Player Toronto Blue Jays #5
_Michael - Tuesday, July 13 2004 @ 01:56 AM EDT (#38936) #
Hello Tom Cheek. From the baseball hinterland of Saskatchewan I wish you a speedy recovery . Your warm and friendly voice has shortened many long days for me. I farm and ranch in southwest Sask and have an extremly hard time getting Blue Jay games on the radio. Whether it is a broadcast from Calgary or Estevan which are 300 miles east or west (take your pick) I try when ever the atmosphere allows, to catch your broadcasts. I don't know if you will read this but we never get the chance to tell people who do such a great job as you that you are really appreciated. One opening day, when I was having a terrible time with an April snowstorm and new calves being born in the cold slush, I turned on my tractor radio to hear Blue Jays baseball is on the air! It made spring feel like it was just around the corner when I heard your voice. Come back soon old friend. We miss you.
_Erika and Rober - Friday, July 16 2004 @ 04:05 PM EDT (#38937) #
We are long time fans of the Jays. My husband has followed the Jays from the beginning (1977). We always listened to you and Jerry on radio. You and Jerry were the best announcers that a team could have. When the Blue Jays were on TV; we turned sound off the TV sound and listened to you guys. We sincerely hope that you will get better and get back to your lifetime passion of announcing the Jays play by play.
Robert and Erika of the the near North
_Anne G - Monday, July 19 2004 @ 12:47 PM EDT (#38938) #
Hi Tom

Mike W. mentioned he talked to you the other day and your voice was starting to sound strong again. Glad to hear it. It seems every where the Blue Jays go, there is someone in that city that sends their best. It shows how well respected and liked you are across North America.
Hope to hear you again on the radio, doing your innings, when the time is right.

Be Well.

_JD - Thursday, July 22 2004 @ 02:32 PM EDT (#38939) #

We all miss your voice and class on the radio. There are countless amounts of people who miss you and are eagerly awaiting your return. Get well my friend!

_Ken - Monday, August 02 2004 @ 03:05 PM EDT (#38940) #
Tom, best wishes on a speedy recovery. I live in New Jersey and as a kid was able to pick up the games on 900 CHML. You are one of the reasons I am a Jay fan today. I started listening to all the games with you and Jerry. You guys make the game fun. Actually I'm listening to the game right now at work on the internet and your voice sounds great! (By the way we are winning 6-1 with Ted Lilly pitching a gem) You are great - go Jays! Get well soon!
_Paul M - Monday, August 02 2004 @ 10:03 PM EDT (#38941) #
Dear Tom,

Though the circumstances could and should be far better, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for taking me so expertly through my years as a baseball neophyte in the early '90s. I was only ten or eleven years old then, but even though I lived in Detroit at the time, and so was familiar with Harwell, I was sure you were one of the best; that goes for Jerry too. The two of you have a wonderfuly easy chemistry in your broadcasts, always perfectly striking the delicate balance among detailed game description (the best I have heard, and I have listened to every team's radio crew fairly regularly since the advent of the internet), story telling, and baseball education. I realized later that it was the quality of the broadcasts that kept me coming back as much as the quality of the team in those years; probably more, in fact, since I've continued to listen often even in more recent times when the Blue Jays have regretably performed at a far lower level. If I just want the pure experience of a baseball game, without regard to the position of the teams in the standings, or any other such baggage, I'll always turn to you and Jerry. In any case, I've listened to you talk more than I have to a lot of people I know and consider my friends. While that doesn't give me license to consider you one, it doesn't keep me from hoping for your complete recovery as much as I would if we'd known each other in reality for all these years. I know that you know what an effect you've had on people for the nearly three decades you've called Blue Jays games. You seem like a humble man, but even so, I hope you allow yourself to be proud of it. Your voice and descriptions introduced baseball, to a large extent, to an entire country, and establishing it as a friendly, accessible sport was vitaly important in securing that pivitol first generation of fans. It may very well be that your and Jerry's broadcasts are a larger reason than might be supposed that the Blue Jays are still on stable footing financially and in the eyes of baseball's ownership, and are not being stolen and smuggled to the United States like the Expos. Rest assured that, as many others on this thread have pointed out, there are millions of people sending positive energy in your direction, and putting what wherewithall, if any, that they have behind your recovery. You've meant-- you mean-- a lot to all these people, and they mean what they say, too. Thank you, Tom.
_Lloyd Way - Wednesday, August 04 2004 @ 10:21 PM EDT (#38942) #
My daughters introduced us on two occasions while they were employed by the Blue Jay organization. I`ll always remember you as a gentleman and a likeable guy. Always enjoy the broadcasts and miss very few, even when it hurts to know the Jays are losing. Good to hear your voice getting stronger in spite of radiation treatment. We missed you and indeed were shocked to hear of your illness.
Our best wishes for a full and speedy recovery. Even if Jerry is doing a magnificent job it just isn`t the same without the "famed duo".
Best wishes to you and family from part of the LARGE extended family.

Lloyd (WAY)
_Kevin Graber - Thursday, August 12 2004 @ 02:51 PM EDT (#38943) #
Tom, get well. Jeff, you're a legend. Cohocton Red Wings for life!!! (not really) KayGee in the house!!!
_TIM WILKEN - Sunday, August 15 2004 @ 03:47 PM EDT (#38944) #
Well Tom, I've been on the road, go figure, but got to hear your voice on the radio and also picked your game up vs Baltimore on MLB Radio and its great to hear that booming voice again. Good to have you back and wish you well in your recovery.

_Hung Tang - Friday, August 20 2004 @ 10:15 PM EDT (#38945) #
Hi Tom,

I would like to wish you all the best of luck in your recovery.
_Fred Johnson - Sunday, August 29 2004 @ 02:38 PM EDT (#38946) #
Congratulations upon being honored by the Blue Jays for your great accomplishments in broadcasting their games. I will be praying for you and your family as you go through this battle with a brain tumor together.

Romans 3:23; 6:23; 10:13
_Carol Pearce-Ku - Sunday, August 29 2004 @ 02:40 PM EDT (#38947) #
I just saw you on TV and my thoughts are with you. From 1987 to 1993 my mother was your biggest fan. After my Dad passed away she became a huge Blue Jays fan. One yeare at spring training you sent her greetings after I had spoken with you at Dunedin. She never forgot that.

Our prayers are with you & hope you have a complete recovery.
_Jordan - Monday, August 30 2004 @ 11:33 AM EDT (#38948) #
Tom, on behalf of all the members of the Batter's Box Roster, we hope this collection of spontaneous and unsolicited comments from your fans throughout the past few months helps to convey the impact you have had over the course of your career. Our prayers and best wishes are with you as you tackle this latest challenge in your life. You have our sincere and lasting appreciation for your professionalism, dedication, and love of baseball and the Blue Jays.

Our thanks to all Tom's fans who have contributed to this powerful and touching thread. Today, the day after Tom's tribute ceremony at Skydome, we are closing this thread, so that it can be printed off in colour, laminated and presented to Tom in a special commemorative binder by Batter's Box. To all who left their messages, and to the man who started it all, we are extremely grateful.

- The Batter's Box Roster
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