J. Francis Laux Jr.

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Francis Laux Jr. was born in Guthrie, Oklahoma back in 1897. He was heavily involved in sports. He won 16 letters in baseball, basketball and football in Oklahoma City and the Bristow schools before entering Oklahoma City College.  during World War I he served in the United States Army Air Service. 

After the war he took odd jobs managing a semi-pro baseball team in Guthrie, also he worked as an insurance and real estate broker in Bristow, refereeing college football games.  In 1927, he began broadcasting Oklahoma and Oklahoma A&M football games. He was the first to introduce Gene Autry on the radio.  He was so good he called the World Series for CBS from 1933 to 1938.  He turned down offers to broadcast for the Yankees and Giants in New York.

He retired from broadcasting and died in 1978, he was 80.

What you may not know about France Laux is that he was the first full-time radio voice of Major League Baseball in St. Louis.

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Comments (18)

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - don't know that name but would recognize the voice if I heard it.

Apr 23, 2021 03:21 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Take care, be safe, and have a great day.

Apr 23, 2021 03:51 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello James - when it comes to sports-related trivia my knowledge is quite limited so this post was full of new-to-me information.  

Apr 23, 2021 03:55 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

What was wrong with Francis? He turned down the New York Yankees? How rude! :)

Apr 23, 2021 04:26 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Good morning James,

Sounds like he had a good background to be an announcer and knew the future owner of the Angels.

He would probably dismayed as I am of the sports becoming too electronic!

Make yourself an awesome day.

Apr 23, 2021 04:33 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I really admire people who can make a living with their voices whether it be by singing our announcing. Thanks James.

Apr 23, 2021 05:03 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Learn something new everyday. Laux was a local loyalist! What a guy. Enjoy your day.

Apr 23, 2021 05:19 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I don't recognize the name but I am sure I have heard his voice since I have watched a lot of sports in my day.

Apr 23, 2021 05:29 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

I wonder if any recordings exist of him calling a game in St. Louis? DYK President Ronald Reagan was once a play by play man for the Cubs?

Apr 23, 2021 06:38 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James! Yes, that would have been interesting to be the first in that field

Apr 23, 2021 07:59 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James and thanks for the information on another first by this guy.  Always learning from you


Apr 23, 2021 08:49 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi James- I was not familiar with him but he certainly had an interesting background. 

Apr 23, 2021 11:15 AM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Hello James, definately  J. Francis Laux Jr. had a great voice and had many good  accomplishment during his life. 

Apr 23, 2021 11:38 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing the story of Francis Laux  - sounds like he was very athletic and had a lot of knowledge of sports.  Found a great way to share the knowledge with the fans.

Apr 23, 2021 06:30 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

As a baseball fanatic, I should have known, but I did not, thank you for sharing James!

Apr 23, 2021 10:25 PM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

there's nothing like listening to an announcer on the radio calling sports plays or delivering news.  We have really lost something important, as it allows our mind to picture what we hear.

Apr 24, 2021 06:32 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

How could he turn down those offers from the Giants and Yankees?!

Apr 24, 2021 11:14 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

J. Francis Laux Jr. took his passion, his avocation, and made his life-long vocation. That is something that is real special.

Oct 06, 2021 12:43 PM