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Vin Scully

Vin Scully (Broadcaster.  Born, New York, NY, Nov. 29, 1927.)  Although he was a letter-winning outfielder for the Fordham baseball team, Vin Scully was to become a baseball legend in the broadcast booth rather than on the field.  Prior to his graduation in 1949, Scully worked football, basketball, and some baseball games on the campus station, […]

Ralph Kiner

Ralph Kiner (Baseball.  Born, Santa Rita, NM, Oct. 27, 1922.)  Better known to generations of Mets fans as a broadcaster for the club’s entire existence through 2011, Ralph McPherran Kiner was one of the dominant players of the post-World War II era.  Kiner hit 369 homers in 10 major league seasons (1946-55) with Pittsburgh, the […]

Les Keiter

Les Keiter (Broadcasting.  Born, Seattle, Wash., Apr. 27, 1919; died, Kailua, Hawaii, April 14, 2009.)  For nearly a decade starting in 1954, Les R. Keiter was one of the most recognizable voices in New York sports radio.  Keiter became sports director at WINS (AM 1010) in 1954 and began doing a pre-game show before Yankees […]

Michael Kay

Michael Kay (Sportscaster.  Born, The Bronx, NY, Feb. 2, 1961.)  A sportswriter-turned-broadcaster, Michael Kay became an integral part of the Yankees after joining veteran John Sterling as their radio tandem on WABC in 1992.  A 1982 graduate of Fordham, Kay joined the New York Post that year as a general news reporter, moving to sports […]

Russ Hodges

Russ Hodges (Broadcaster.  Born, Covington, KY, June 12, 1911; died, Mill Valley, CA, Apr. 19, 1971.)  Russ Hodges will be forever remembered as the announcer whose famous radio call of Bobby Thomson’s epic home run ended, “The Giants win the pennant . . . the Giants win the pennant . . . the Giants win […]

Frank Messer

Frank Messer (Sportscaster. Born, Asheville, NC, Aug. 8, 1925; died, Deerfield Beach, FL, Nov. 13, 2001.) The professional who held together the Yankees radio and television broadcasts for 18 seasons (1968-85), Wallace Frank Messer began his broadcasting career in 1948. Messer became sports director of WSKY in Asheville, N.C., a position he held for six […]

Lindsey Nelson

Lindsey Nelson (Broadcaster.  Born, Brownlow Creek, TN, May 25, 1919; died, Atlanta, GA, June 10, 1995.)  Lindsey Nelson earned his national reputation broadcasting college football.  In fact, only once in a span of 35 years did he miss having a bowl game assignment on New Year’s Day.  That year was 1969.  That season, Nelson was […]

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 […]

Graham McNamee

Graham McNamee (Sportscaster. Born, Washington, DC, July 10, 1888; died, New York, NY, May 9, 1942.) An aspiring baritone who once sold meat to support his career, Graham McNamee became the first nationally-known sportscaster in the pioneer days of radio in the 1920s. Starting at NBC’s New York outlet, WJY, McNamee worked 12 World Series, […]

Marty Glickman

Marty Glickman (Broadcaster.  Born, The Bronx, NY, Aug. 14, 1917; died, New York, NY, Jan. 3, 2001.)  One of the most active and most memorable of all of New York’s sports broadcasting voices over the years was that of Marty Glickman, a consummate professional and among the most versatile announcers.  Glickman, a football and track […]

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