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Beto Villa

Beto Villa (Sportscaster.  Born, Caracas, Venzuela, Feb. 7, 1947.)  Beginning in 1996, the voice of Beto Villa became a familiar one to Spanish-speaking fans of the Yankees.  That year, Villa began calling play-by-play of the soon-to-be World Series champions on WADO (1280 AM).  When the MSG Network added the SAP option to its telecasts, his […]

Sam Rosen

Sam Rosen (Sportscaster.  Born, Ulm, West Germany, Aug. 12, 1947.)  Moving to Brooklyn at age 2, Samuel Rosen became a good enough baseball player to captain City College as a senior in 1968, but most New York sports fans firmly identify him with hockey.  After radio jobs in Bridgeport, Conn., at WNAB (1970) and WICC […]

Deb Kaufman

Deb Kaufman Placey (Sportscaster.  Born, St. Louis, MO, Aug. 17, 1966.)  Inspired by pioneer ESPN anchor Gayle Gardner, Deb Kaufman set out to become a sports anchor, joining ESPN as a production assistant in 1988.  Starting in 1990, Kaufman moved to four broadcast stations in just over three years, going from Marion, Ill., to WPRI-TV […]

Tony Kubek

Tony Kubek (Baseball. Born, Milwaukee, WI, Oct. 12, 1936.) Shortstop on one of the most successful Yankees teams ever, Anthony Christopher Kubek was also among the most successful broadcasters in baseball. Kubek was the Yankees’ regular shortstop for nine seasons (1957-65) and played for teams that won seven pennants and three World Series. He then […]

Jim Kaat

Jim Kaat (Baseball.  Born, Zeeland, MI, Nov. 7, 1938.)  A solid lefthander who pitched for 25 years in the major leagues, James Lee Kaat had a playing career that touched four decades (1959-83).  Kaat, who was also an excellent fielder, was 283-237 in his career with five teams.  He had his best seasons with Minnesota […]

Fran Healy

Fran Healy (Baseball.  Born, Holyoke, MA, Sept. 6, 1946.)  A backup catcher for 74 games with the Yankees, Francis Xavier Paul Healy became a baseball broadcaster in New York for nearly three decades.  Healy joined the Yankees as Thurman Munson’s backup in May 1976 in a swap for lefthander Larry Gura, who went to Kansas […]

Mike McCarthy

Mike McCarthy (Television sports. Born, The Bronx, NY, April 1, 1960.) Executive producer of MSG Sports (1992-2005) and FOX Sports New York (1997-2005), Mike McCarthy was chief production executive for Mets, Knicks, Liberty, Rangers, Nets, Islanders, and Devils telecasts, and various sports news productions on these cable networks. McCarthy was also executive producer of Yankees telecasts […]

Sam Marchiano

Sam Marchiano (Sportscaster. Born, Brooklyn, NY, Mar. 23, 1967.) A correspondent-reporter for FOX Sports and the MSG Network, Susan Anne Marchiano started her career as a sportswriter for the Daily News. Marchiano joined the News directly from Columbia after her graduation in 1989 and covered the Islanders for two seasons. In 1991, she decided to […]

Bob Page

Bob Page (Sportscaster.  Born, Covington, KY, Nov. 23, 1951.)  Robert Lionel Page, Jr., was host of “Sports Desk” on the MSG Network for over 10 years (1988-98) and hosted the twice-daily ABC Radio show, “Speaking of Sports,” previously hosted by Howard Cosell.  Starting in 1991, the outspoken and direct Page also hosted an interview on […]

Jim Gordon

Jim Gordon (Sportscaster.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Feb. 15, 1927; died, Putnam Valley, NY, Feb. 16, 2003.)  For four decades, the voice of Jim Gordon was heard on New York radio and television sports.  Gordon first shared Knicks radio work with Marty Glickman in 1954-55.  He later worked three seasons with Les Keiter (1956-59).  Gordon had […]

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