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Steve Hirdt

Steve Hirdt (Statistician.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Feb. 11, 1951.)  Since he joined the Elias Sports Bureau in 1970 while still an undergraduate at Fordham, Stephen T. Hirdt has become one of the nation’s most respected sports statisticians.  From 1982-2005, Hirdt was director of information for ABC-TV’s “Monday Night Football,” working over 400 telecasts, including seven Super Bowls.  He worked with Howard Cosell, Don Meredith, Frank Gifford, O.J. Simpson, Joe Namath (q.v.), Al Michaels, Dan Dierdorf, Dan Fouts, Dennis Miller, and John Madden.  Hirdt is also a contributing writer to ESPN the Magazine (since 1998).  His first major television position was in 1976, when he began a 20-season run as director of information for major league baseball’s network telecasts by ABC and then CBS.  Hirdt was a commentator and analyst for Yankees telecasts on the MSG Network (1989-2001).  Through it all, he served as executive vice president of Elias, the premier sports statistical organization in the country, which serves as official statistician for Major League Baseball, the N.F.L., N.B.A., N.H.L., A.F.L., and M.L.S.  Other senior staff at Elias includes two of Hirdt’s brothers, Peter and Tom, as well as Chris Thorn, John Carson, John and Santo Lombardo, Alex Stern, and Bob Waterman.  Under long-time Elias president Seymour Siwoff, the staff has also included the late Jay Chesler Bob Rosen, and the late Rocky Avakian.

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