Prior to joining the Mets, Thorne served as a broadcaster for hockey games in his native state of Maine. He covered games for the University of Maine Black Bears. Gary’s voice became one of the most recognized in Maine.
During his first stint with the Mets, Thorne watched the team in its most successful period of time. They won 398 regular season games, a pair of division titles, a National League pennant and a World Series. During the ’86 championship season, Gary was heard on radio for Tim Teufel’s grand slam in the 11th inning on June 10 that gave the Mets an 8-4 victory over the Phillies. He also broadcast both of Gary Carter’s home runs in Game Four of the ‘86 World Series and Ray Knight’s homer in Game Seven.
During his time away from the Mets, Thorne’s voice was still heard in the New York City market. He served as a broadcaster for the NHL’s New Jersey Devils from 1987 to 1993. Gary was also an announcer for the Chicago White Sox and Major league Baseball broadcasts on ABC television.
Thorne returned to the Mets in 1994. He covered the team through a lackluster strike-shortened season. Gary did some television air time for the Mets during their Wild Card seasons of 1999 and 2000, which included a National League pennant. He spent another two seasons with the team.
Thorne later became a broadcaster for the Baltimore Orioles. He also continued to announce baseball and hockey games nationally.