Ralph Black is an icon of Troy State athletics for over 25 years. To spend time with him was to have access to a walking encyclopedia of local, Trojan and national sporting history as well as Big Band and other musical genre history.
After the affiliation with IMG, Ralph was booted from Troy University sportscasting. When he received the TU Sports HOF award several years ago, Ralph quipped, "I'm the only nominee who went from the Hall of Shame to the Hall of Fame!"
Never understood why they took him off the air. He was fantastic as a play by play guy.
He was certainly a legend. The football teams across Pike County were certainly lucky to have someone like him calling their games, post-Troy. Not often you get a radio veteran like that to call high school games.
I'm grateful we have a legend in Barry McKnight that took over for him.