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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 […]

Frank Gifford

Frank Gifford (Pro football.  Born, Bakersfield, CA, Aug. 16, 1930.)  Joining the New York Giants as the team’s No. 1 draft pick in 1952, Frank Gifford started his N.F.L. career as a defensive back, but by the time he ended his career in 1964 he was the leading scorer in Giants history with 484 points.  […]

Chet Forte

Chet Forte (College basketball and television.  Born, Hackensack, NJ, Aug. 7, 1935; died, San Diego, CA, May 18, 1996.)  One of the most celebrated sports directors of his time and a college basketball star despite standing only 5’9”, Folvio Chester Forte lived life to the fullest.  At Columbia, he became the first player ever to […]

Howard Cosell

Howard Cosell (Sportscaster.  Born, Winston-Salem, NC, Mar. 25, 1918; died, New York, NY, Apr. 23, 1995.)  A truly flamboyant character, Howard Cosell, born Howard William Cohen, forsook his legal training in favor of a career behind the microphone and, more importantly, in front of a camera.  Cosell, an N.Y.U. and N.Y.U. Law graduate, began his […]

Roone Arledge

Roone Arledge (Television sports.  Born, Forest Hills, NY, July 8, 1931; died, New York, NY, Dec. 5, 2002.)  As the originator of “Wide World of Sports” and Monday Night Football for ABC-TV Sports, Roone Pinckney Arledge was a formative figure in the development of sports television.  After graduating from Columbia in 1953, Arledge joined the DuMont […]

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