HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - 36 years after he told University of Hawaii baseball fans the team was making it's first trip to the College World Series in Omaha, the only radio voice Rainbow Warrior baseball has ever known still remembers every moment of the broadcast.
"In the press box with me were a couple of members of the athletic administration, screaming, jumping up and down, slapping me on the back," said Don Robbs. "And all I could say was, 'We're going to Omaha!' Something nobody ever thought was possible."
The Omaha sendoff is among the most memorable moments of Don Robbs' legendary 40 year career broadcasting Hawaii baseball games on the radio... A career that will come to an end on Sunday, when he broadcasts his final game for the Rainbows.
"I'll just miss being at the ballpark," said Robbs. "I'll miss looking out the window and seeing familiar faces, fans who have been coming to games, almost from the beginning of my time. I'll miss being around the players, because they make an old guy feel younger."
Despite those concerns, it seems Robbs may not have so much to worry about. He admits that his departure from the broadcast booth is not likely to mean a departure from U.H. baseball.
"I won't be shouting down to Trap to change the pitcher, or any of that sort of thing," Robbs says with a laugh. "I'll be back in the stands next season, but the difference is I'll be sitting in a seat, with a cold brew right next to me, and I intend to just sit back and be a fan."
After calling more than 2,000 games in his career, he's certainly earned that opportunity. But for Robbs, life at Les Murakami Stadium outside of its broadcast booth is uncharted territory.
"There are certain unknown factors after 40 years. I mean, to do anything for 40 years, whatever you do for a living, it's unbelievable," said Robbs. "I'm just grateful I've been able to do it. It's been a great ride."
Robbs will broadcast the final game of his career, and the final game of the University of Hawaii baseball season, on Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN1420.