Blue Jays announcer Cheek has tumor removed

Updated: June 14, 2004, 9:22 PM ET
Associated Press

TORONTO -- Blue Jays radio announcer Tom Cheek underwent surgery during the weekend to remove a brain tumor and will require further treatment.

Cheek had the operation on Sunday, his 65th birthday.

He began feeling ill Friday and was taken to a Toronto hospital, where tests revealed the tumor.

"My father is doing very well today," Cheek's son, Jeff, told a Toronto radio station. "He's been holding court with family and friends."

After broadcasting every game in franchise history, Cheek's streak ended at 27½ seasons on June 3 because of his father's death.

Cheek called 4,306 consecutive regular-season games, plus 41 more in the postseason, since the Blue Jays began playing in 1977.

"Everyone at the Toronto Blue Jays wishes Tom a speedy recovery," Blue Jays president Paul Godfrey said in a release. "Our thoughts are with the entire Cheek family and we hope to see Tom back in the broadcast booth very soon."

Cheek missed another game last Tuesday to attend his father's funeral.

He hasn't been in the booth since calling Toronto's 6-1 loss Thursday to the Los Angeles Dodgers.


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