Morry Mannies, who is in his 56th year as the Voice of the Cardinals, has announced his retirement from the broadcasting booth after the 2011-12 football and men's basketball seasons.
During the past 55 years, Mannies has broadcast over 5,500 Ball State and high school football and basketball games and logged over 30,000 hours behind the microphone for WLBC/WXFN Radio in Muncie.
"Morry Mannies was the ultimate professional in my time at Ball State as a player and a coach," former Ball State head football coach and football letterwinner Brady Hoke says. "He is a legend in the broadcasting profession and was incredibly easy to work with on a regular basis. I am proud to have Morry Mannies as a friend from my Ball State days and wish him well in his future."
He has served as Ball State's play-by-play announcer for both football and men's basketball since 1956. Mannies began broadcasting Ball State athletics while a freshman at the university. He received his bachelor's degree from Ball State in 1960 plus a master's in 1964.
Mannies is a three-time winner of the Indiana Sportscaster of the Year Award and a three-time recipient of the Mid-American Conference Sportscaster of the Year honor. He has been inducted into the following Hall of Fames -- MAC, Ball State Athletics, Indiana Basketball, Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association and Delaware County.
"Morry Mannies is a legend in the world of broadcasting," former Ball State head football coach Bill Lynch says. "He is the consummate professional and was a joy to work with in my time at Ball State. Nobody can do what he has done for that long of a period of time without dedication and a love for the university. When you talk about Ball State athletics, there is no person more synonymous with its history than Morry. I wish him well in his retirement and am proud to call him a friend."
A recipient of the Ball State Alumni Association's Beneficence Award in 1985, Mannies was awarded the Alumni Association's highest honor when he received a Distinguished Alumni Award in 2005.
Mannies has closed every Ball State broadcast for the past 55 years with his patented saying, "Good Night and Good Sports".
"Ball State will truly miss Morry Mannies as the Voice of the Cardinals," Ball State athletics director Tom Collins says. "He has been an invaluable member of the Ball State and Muncie communities not only as a broadcaster, but as a valuable member of the Muncie culture. Nobody will ever replace his seat and we are going to do our best to send him out on as good a note as possible."
The Ball State athletics department is planning a reception for Mannies after the conclusion of the basketball season, and will have a special recognition for him in Worthen Arena.