Farewell to a true friend

It’s a very sad day for the Dodger family, as Stu Nahan passed away today at the age of 81. Though a half century separated us in age, I’ve always felt very close to Stu and our sincere thoughts go out to his wife, Sandy, and his children.

Most people who grew up in Los Angeles (or Sacramento), knew Stu as a legendary TV and radio announcer, while anyone who grew up outside of these cities in the 80s probably remembers him from his roles in Fast Times at Ridgemont High or the Rocky Series. I still remember watching "Fast Times" in the visiting clubhouse of Bank One Ballpark when Stu was still traveling with us in 2003 and the entire Dodger team was giving him grief for his ugly sportcoat and giant glasses as he interviewed Sean Penn (Jeff Spicoli) in the movie.

Over the past 10 years or so, I’ve gotten to know him quite well and I was honored to be at the ceremony for his Star on the Walk of Fame earlier this year. The event, which had to be rescheduled because of his bout with cancer, was a great celebration of his life and I’m comforted by the fact that he had the chance to see just how many people cared about him. Hopefully everyone will smile when they think of him today because that’s what he was always doing – smiling.

His self-deprecating sense of humor and stories from his days as a bad minor league hockey goalie always kept people laughing and in the last few years, in his retirement, he could regularly be found in the first row behind home plate at Dodger Stadium, sitting with his good friend Scott Boras. He tells a great story of how the two of them met when Stu had to crash land a plane on a farm many, many years ago and it turned out to be the farm that Scott was living on as a kid. A lot of Stu’s stories were made up, but I actually think this one was true.

In any event, we could count on at least one call to the press box each homestand, as Stu would be trying to settle a bet with Scott over a weird statistic or the name of a random player traded by or to the Dodgers in the mid 80s.

But one thing will always stand out in my mind about Stu and that was his huge heart. Last week I got a message from him and when I called back, he wanted to know how I was doing, given the changes in my department at the Dodgers. He didn’t sound well and at the time, I had no clue that he was calling from his hospital bed. When I asked him why he sounded so bad, he told me the cancer had returned and no matter how many times I tried to ask about him, he kept bringing the conversation back to me and how I was doing. That was quintessential Stu Nahan and it was the last time we spoke, but it’s a wonderful memory that will stay with me forever.

He lived a great and full life and I hope all of you will keep him in your thoughts and prayers.


  1. pierreseastmeetswest@yahoo.com

    My condolence to Stu Nathan, I have to say truthfully that I didn’t recall his name, but I recognized him in the photo you posted on this thread as one of the fight announcers in the “Rocky” movies. His face was always familiar to me prior to that but apparently I never knew his name.

  2. xoxrussell@gmail.com

    I remember Stu from my college days. He has always been one of the great sports announcers. Prayers to his family. We will feel the loss.

  3. frankjhalstead@hotmail.com

    First of all, my thoughts are with stu nathan’s family.
    Secondary, a belated merry christmas to all, and my wishes for all is that we have a very great 08 in every way.

    If the dodgers wanted to spend 150 million for santana we should combine two schools of thought. First you have to give up talent to get talent, and trade blocked prospects, that could play with another team. I would offer penny and pierre, for talent, and blake de witt and justin orenduff as blocked prospects, both solid propects.

    with that our 09 rotation could be santana lhp, bills rhp, elbert lhp, kourada rhp and kershaw lhp ok,maybe in 2010. we would still have lowe,schmidt in 08, also mcdonald, and louiza to fall back on.

    in the future we also would have pitchers like bryan morris,steve johnson,chris withrow, maybe jon meloan all rhp, with j.adkins lhp coming up. of course we would have to pay some of pierre’s wage, but it is a good trade for minn. I would still be happy to start 08 with the team we seem to have in place, even with too many outfielders, pierre would be my choice to go in a trade, I prefer the young players we have,but think we can’t trade him. again happy new year

  4. jungar@wsgcorp.com

    Happy Holidays everyone…

    When I came home from College…I had a job lined uped but needed A summer gig. This was in 1995.

    So I took a job at a Coffee shop full of hot chicks…I was the only guy. Litte did I know that one of the regulars daughter owned the place.

    Every day he would come in at the exact sme time (7:45)and we would talk LA sport for a half hour, before he headed off to work..Dodgers, Kings, Lakers and he would ask me about the girls I was dating and tell all sorts of stories and try an embarrass me in front of the girls who worked there…”Oh this Jason cat, Lisa you should really let him take you out, he is a classy kid in a mocking tone”

    In turn I’d say things back like hey did you at least get to see Van Halen at Spicoli’s birthday party..?

    Thanks Stu.

  5. lostmysoul321@gmail.com

    I met Stu on an escalator at Dodger Stadium about 2 years ago with my Father, and I have to say that Stu was very polite and gracious. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

    RIP Stu.

  6. enchantedsunset@msn.com

    Couldn’t grow up in So. Cal. without remembering “…Stu Nahan with Sports…” on channel 7 (and 4 and 5.)

    My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

  7. mikeyg32@aol.com

    Great stuff Josh…I am sure you have MANY great stories of such a class guy. Stu’s generation is one that we probably will never see again, A bunch of unselfish people! I ran into him a few times at a L.A. Kings game at Staples. He was a fine man…May God bless him and hope that God will take care of his family. Rest in peace Stu, Hopefully The Dodgers will win one for YOU this year.

  8. swood@rcn.com

    Every day I watch the google video of the 4 straight homers against the pads back in 06. It reminds me that we never should have let Marlon Anderson go.

  9. old_fogey_la@yahoo.com

    “Silver-tip” Stu was a fixture for sports reporting on the local television network affiliates from when I was seven until I was twenty-seven – plus those last ten or so years at KTLA – so he is an icon of the sport world I grew up in. It’s all part of the passing of my childhood era. RIP Stu.

    When Ross Porter became a Dodger announcer, it was Stu that snagged Ross’ old job anchoring sports on the local NBC news show.

  10. dodger5_03@hotmail.com

    I started following the Dodgers when Stu was in Channel 4. Sad to hear of his passing. I also remember him when he was in KABC and on the Ken and Bob morning show. Here is a link to a funny moment when he was on that show

    R.I.P. Stu.


  11. al.martinez@mscsoftware.com

    Stu Naham is a classic that can’t be replaced. He stands his ground with the best of the local sports broadcasters. If not for the likes of Chick and Vin, he would have dominated local sports like, aka Jim Hill… RIP Stu, you will be missed.

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