TAMPA, Fla. — The voice of hockey wasn't born with a voice for hockey.
"I had to get help," Mike "Doc" Emrick, NBC's play-by-play man, says of his voice Wednesday morning as he sits in the third row of an empty Amalie Arena.
As a boy, he was absorbed in playing baseball with his brother, Dan, on his family's 41/2 acres in the middle of nowhere, LaFontaine, Ind., a town of 627 surrounded by farm fields.
Emrick's father, Charles, was a principal at the high school; his mother, Florence, a guidance counselor.
They all helped.
So did Ernie Harwell, the Hall of Fame Tigers announcer. He lent a hand with the future Hockey Hall of Fame...