Tony Riggsbee had been a Triangle radio institution for decades before taking over as the Public Address Announcer for the Durham Bulls in 2007. Only the second PA announcer in the 22 seasons at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Riggsbee took over the reins when the legendary Bill Law retired.
Durham Magazine VP of Content Andrea Cash recently interviewed Riggsbee for a profile in the publication. Posted on June 25, 2016, the article “Pitch Perfect: The Voice Behind the Bulls.” Riggsbee’s love of his role at the Bulls comes shining through.
“I’m just lucky that I have a chance, in this job, to do it the way I think it should be done,” he tells Cash.
And later in the article, “I consider myself very lucky because there’s so many jobs in baseball where you don’t get to watch the game, and I have to watch every pitch. My job is to focus on the game. To get paid to do that, I think it’s the best job you can have.”
And he also sings the praises of the Bulls.
“And Triple-A is a lot different in terms of how it’s handled, the mature players you have and that sort of thing,” said Riggsbee. “Promotionally, it’s light-years ahead of where it was in the ’60s or even the ’80s or ’90s. But the game itself is still important. And I think the Bulls put more emphasis on the game than some minor league teams do. We don’t do anything that disrespects the game, and to me, that’s vitally important.”
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