If you watch sports, you are certainly familiar with the legends of the games. Names like Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, Babe Ruth, and Tom Brady are known by anyone that follow sports. For some people, sports broadcasters are equally important for the memorable ways they are able to bring the sport to life. It doesn’t matter if they are a personal injury attorney serving Atlanta or a mailman in Boston, everyone has heard of these announcers. Here are some of the best sports broadcasters of all time.
Chick Hearn was known by many to be the best Basketball announcer of all time. He announced Lakers games in the NBA starting in March 1961. His last game as a Laker announcer was Game 4 of the 2002 NBA Finals, following the Lakers four-game sweep of the Nets. Hearn passed away in August 2002.
Hearn was known for his play by play skills, which allowed him to call Lakers games on both television and radio. He also invented many basketball phrases used today, known as Chickisms. Phrases like air-ball, garbage time, and the mustard’s off the hotdog were all invented by Hearn. When the Lakers had what Hearn thought was an insurmountable lead, he’d say that the game was in the refrigerator.
Vin Scully, the legendary baseball announcer for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers, is considered by many to be the best announcer of all time in any sport. Scully spent 67 seasons with the Dodgers from 1950 to 2016, which is the longest tenure for any broadcaster with a team ever. One of Scully’s more famous calls was when a hobbling Kirk Gibson hit a game-ending home run in Game one of the 1988 World Series for the Dodgers, against the Oakland Athletics.
Hearn and Scully are just two of many sports legends. Other legendary announcers include Howard Cosell and John Madden for football, and the all around broadcasting legend Al Michaels. Michaels announced Monday Night Football, Sunday Night Football currently, and even the thrilling 1980 Miracle on Ice USA Hockey victory over Russia. Harry Caray, the eccentric former Cubs baseball announcer, and Jack Buck the former St Louis Cardinals announcer are also beloved announcing icons.
Here is Scully’s final call as an announcer: