You could say Marty Brennaman was fairly blessed from the very first day he took over as the radio play-by-play voice of the Cincinnati Reds.

In that first official game with the club, on Opening Day in 1974, he called Hank Aaron hitting career home run 714, tying Babe Ruth for, at that time, the most homers in big-league history.

And you could also say Brennaman lucked into a good situation right out of the gate. The following two years, 1975 and 1976, the Reds won back-to-back World Series championships, the apex of the iconic era of the Big Red Machine.

Not to mention describing the great players that came through Cincinnati then and over the years. Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, Tom Seaver, Eric Davis, Ken Griffey Jr., Sean Casey, Joey Votto.

But whether the Reds were very good, or at times not so very good, Brennaman became just as big an icon as any of those aforementioned players, a constant listen for Reds fans as he parlayed that good fortune into an eventual induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

In a couple of weeks, though, one of the greatest baseball voices ever is calling it a career. This past off-season, Brennaman announced that the 2019 season will be his last.

Quite honestly, he could have broadcast the Reds for another 10 or even another 20 years if he wanted to. But he felt that it was time to settle down, spend more time with his wife and do some traveling.

It's definitely going to be quite a jarring change listening to Reds games next season and beyond without hearing Brennaman's voice.

While he may not have had the national reputation of iconic baseball voices like Vin Scully, Harry Caray and Jack Buck, due in large part to applying his craft in one of the game's smaller markets, Brennaman has to be considered right up there with those greats.

He was known for his calls, including his signature "And this one belongs to the Reds," after every win. Or when listing the attendance for a game, saying that 20,000 or so came out to today's "titanic struggle."

But there were other facets to Brennaman that made him such a popular broadcaster.

His was a very pleasant, welcoming style. He commanded the audience's attention. He could talk about a number of different subjects as easily as he could talk about baseball.

He definitely pulled no punches, even when talking about the Reds. If a Reds player made a critical error or had a bad at-bat, Marty didn't cut that player any slack.

In addition, he had a great rapport with his color commentators. Many lifelong Reds fans still talk fondly of Brennaman's pairing with former Reds pitcher Joe Nuxhall. A lot of Reds fans these days now enjoy Marty conversing with his current sidekick, Jeff Brantley, another former Reds pitcher also known as "The Cowboy."

As Brennaman's time with the Reds winds down, the club has designated September as the "Month of Marty."

There will be pregame meet-and-greets, giveaway items devoted to Marty and there will be a few games where he will broadcast from the stands. He will also broadcast a game with his son, Thom Brennaman, the Reds' TV voice who is also best known for calling MLB and NFL games on FOX.

But two weeks from now, on Sept. 26, the great career of Marty Brennaman as the voice of the Reds comes to an end. He will call the team's home finale, against Milwaukee, and it will be his last game (the Reds then play a weekend series in Pittsburgh to wrap up the season, but Brennaman expressed his desire to call his last Reds game in Cincinnati).

From the time I've followed the Reds, I've only known one radio play-by-play voice, and a lot of Reds fans share that same sentiment. Whoever gets that gig next year will have a tough act to follow.

But believe it or not, when Brennaman took over in 1974, a lot of Reds fans thought he would have a hard time replacing the team's previous radio voice. Some guy named Al Michaels.

While Michaels obviously went on to fame and fortune broadcasting for ABC and NBC, Brennaman became a legend in his own right in Cincinnati.

So if you have a chance these next two weeks, go pick up a Reds game on MLB AtBat or on satellite radio and hear one of the game's greatest voices do his thing in his own distinctive way. And I'll bet you will be greatly entertained.

And this one belongs to you, Marty.