By David J. Halberstam 12/10/2018
Acclaimed Play-by-Play Announcer and Multi-Award Winner is a FOX Sports Cornerstone Since Network’s Inception
NEW YORK – The man who has called more major U.S. professional sports games for television than anyone in history likely has called his last.
Dick Stockton, acclaimed FOX Sports play-by-play announcer and one of the most iconic voices in sports broadcasting history, is retiring after an illustrious 55-year TV career that encompassed at least 1,545 network television games across the big four professional sports leagues in the U.S. — NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL — more than any American sports broadcaster ever.
Stockton, whose signature voice transcended not only sports genres but generations of fans, joined FOX Sports in 1994 and has been with the network ever since, serving as play-by-play announcer for NFL, MLB and college basketball.
“After a fulfilling 55-year career, I’ve decided to step aside, enjoying the many memorable events I’ve been blessed to cover, and ready to enjoy doing more things away from the broadcast booth,” Stockton said. “My 27 years at FOX Sports have been the most rewarding, and my talented production colleagues and a loyal, supportive management have made the experience more pleasurable than I had ever hoped. I wish everyone in my field could work for FOX Sports. Working alongside former players and coaches, many of whom are still in the FOX rotation, has been a particular joy. But I feel there is a time to call it a day and allow the many younger broadcasters the chance to develop their careers, just as I had the opportunity years ago. I have nothing but indelible memories of being part of the sports landscape for over seven decades and will now sit back and watch the future of sports broadcasting unfold.”
The FOX Sports linchpin steps away from fulltime broadcasting after celebrating his 27th year of NFL on FOX in 2020, with 714 NFL games to his credit, the second-most of any. He has worked with and mentored nearly every single NFL analyst who has risen through the FOX Sports ranks.
“Dick’s contributions to FOX Sports began on day one of our existence and will be felt for years to come,” said Eric Shanks, CEO & Executive Producer, FOX Sports. “He is a cornerstone of this company whose legacy, talent and hard work helped build the NFL on FOX brand. Growing up as a sports fan, I knew his voice signified a big game, but later working with him, I realized just how big and irreplaceable that voice truly is. Dick will be greatly missed, and we at FOX Sports wish him the best in retirement.”
Stockton’s outstanding work earned multiple awards and recognition over the years, most recently with the announcement he was voted into the National Sports Media Association’s Hall of Fame as a first balloter. Stockton’s accolades also include: the 2001 Curt Gowdy Electronic Media Award from the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame; a CableAce nomination for his NBA work for TNT in 1997; and the prestigious Sonny Hirsch Excellence in Sports Broadcasting Award in 2016, named after the longtime voice of the Miami Hurricanes and honoring an outstanding sports broadcaster who has had a major impact in their field, while making notable accomplishments within the community. Additionally, Stockton was named one of the top-50 network sportscasters of all time by the American Sportscasters Association in 2009.
Considered one of the most versatile broadcasters in history, Stockton‘s vast resume includes 17 years at CBS Sports and 19 years covering the NBA Playoffs for Turner Sports, in addition to a play-by-play role for TBS’ coverage of MLB postseason. Stockton also served as Turner Sports’ voice for regular season and NBA playoff games from 1995-2013. He called a total of 617 NBA games, the fourth-most for a play-by-play announcer.
Prior to joining FOX, Stockton worked for CBS Sports, calling a variety of sports including the NFL, NBA (lead play-by-play from 1982-‘90), MLB and college basketball (lead play-by-play for NCAA Regional Finals), in addition to the World Swimming and Diving Championships, championship boxing, track and field, the Pan American Games and the Olympic Games. Earlier in his career, NBC tapped him to cover NFL games and NCAA tournament basketball. Furthermore, he called play-by-play for Oakland A’s games for KRON-TV in San Francisco.
He also was assigned the Winter Olympics Men’s Skiing events in France in 1992 and the 1994 Norway Games’ speed-skating events for CBS. In the latter capacity, Stockton called the Gold Medal-winning performances by speed skaters Dan Jansen and Bonnie Blair, moments he considers among the highlights of his career.
Stockton also called six Super Bowls for the NFL Network’s international broadcast between 2002 and 2008, beginning with the Patriots’ upset of the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI alongside FOX NFL analyst Daryl “Moose” Johnston. Stockton teamed with Johnston four times, and FOX Sports lead NFL analyst Troy Aikman and Sterling Sharpe once each for the international broadcast.
As the voice of Boston Red Sox baseball from 1975 through 1978 at WSBK-TV, he called Carlton Fisk’s legendary 12th-inning, game-winning homerun in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series for NBC Sports, coining his famous call, “There it goes, a long drive, if it stays fair … homerun!,” in that game. In 1998, “TV Guide” ranked the Fisk homerun as the top moment in the history of televised sports.
His broadcasting career first took flight in 1965 in local radio and TV in his hometown of Philadelphia, after which he worked his way up to sports director at KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh. While there in the late 1960s, Stockton began working with CBS Sports for the first time before moving to a fulltime role in 1978.
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Dick Stockton, one of the most recognizable voices in sports television, joined FOX Sports in 1994 and has been with the network ever since, celebrating his 27th year in 2020. He calls FOX NFL games alongside analyst Brady Quinn and reporter Sara Walsh. In 2019, Stockton teamed with analyst Mark Schlereth and reporter Jennifer Hale. He also called play-by-play for MLB on FOX broadcasts from 1996 through the 2013 season, anchoring the Division Series on TBS from 2007-2013.
Considered one of the most versatile broadcasters in history with more than 40 years of professional experience, Stockton’s vast resume includes 17 years at CBS Sports and 19 years covering the NBA Playoffs for Turner Sports, in addition to a play-by-play role for TBS’ coverage of Major League Baseball postseason since 2007. Stockton also served as Turner Sports’ voice for regular season and NBA playoff games from 1995-2013 and has called college basketball for FOX Sports.
In 2001, he was honored with the Curt Gowdy Electronic Media Award from the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. In 1997, he received a CableAce nomination for his NBA work for TNT. He was named one of the top-50 network sportscasters of all time by the American Sportscasters Association in 2009, and in 2016, was recognized with the prestigious Sonny Hirsch Excellence in Sports Broadcasting Award. Named after the longtime voice of the Miami Hurricanes, the award honors an outstanding sports broadcaster who has had a major impact in their field, while making notable accomplishments within the community.
Pictured with Curt Gowdy, 1975
At CBS Sports fulltime from 1978-1994, Stockton covered a variety of sports, including the NFL, NBA (lead play-by-play), MLB and college basketball (lead play-by-play for NCAA Regional Finals), in addition to the World Swimming and Diving Championships, championship boxing, track and field, the Pan American Games and the Olympic Games.
Stockton’s NFL game partners at CBS Sports included Roger Staubach, Hank Stram, Dan Fouts, Merlin Olsen, Terry Bradshaw, Dan Dierdorf and Wayne Walker. In addition to his NFL work, he was the lead announcer for the NBA on CBS from 1982 to 1990, including the memorable Lakers-Celtics NBA Finals in that decade. Stockton also appeared weekly on CBS Sports’ coverage of Major League Baseball from 1990 to 1992, including three American League Championship Series.
As voice of Red Sox baseball from 1975 through 1978 at Boston’s WSBK-TV, he called Carlton Fisk’s legendary 12th-inning, game-winning homerun in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series for NBC Sports, coining his famous quote, “If it stays fair …,” in that game.
NBC also tapped him in 1976 and 1977 to cover NFL games and NCAA tournament basketball. Furthermore, he called play-by-play for Oakland A’s games for KRON-TV in San Francisco for three years beginning in 1995.
While at CBS, he hosted the Pan American Games in San Juan in 1979 and covered swimming and diving at the Games in Edmonton and Caracas. Stockton also broadcast the World Swimming and Diving Championships in Ecuador, the World Basketball Championships in Colombia and the World Figure Skating Championships in Helsinki. He also was assigned the Winter Olympics Men’s Skiing events in France in 1992 and the 1994 Norway Games’ speed-skating events. In the latter capacity, Stockton called the Gold Medal-winning performances by speed skaters Dan Jansen and Bonnie Blair, moments he considers to be among the highlights of his career.
Stockton also called six Super Bowls between 2002 and 2008 for the NFL Network’s international broadcast, beginning with the Patriots’ upset of the Rams in New Orleans in Super Bowl XXXVI (Feb. 2002) alongside Daryl Johnston. Stockton teamed with Johnston four times and Troy Aikman and Sterling Sharpe once each for the international broadcast.
Stockton began his broadcasting career in 1965 in local radio and TV in his hometown of Philadelphia and eventually worked his way up to sports director at KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh. While at KDKA in the late 1960s, he began working with CBS Sports for the first time before seguing to a fulltime role in 1978. In 1971, he relocated to Boston to work for WBZ-TV and WBZ Radio and began calling Boston Celtics telecasts for WBZ.
Born in Philadelphia, Stockton grew up in Kew Garden Hills, Queens, N.Y. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1964 with a degree in speech and dramatic arts. Stockton currently resides in Boca Raton, Fla., and Carefree, Ariz., with his wife, Jamie Drinkwater Stockton. The Stocktons support River Hospital in Alexandria Bay, N.Y., Desert Foothills Theatre in Scottsdale, Ariz., Empty Bowls Project for Alexandria Central School in Alexandria Bay, N.Y., and Caregiving Youth in Boca Raton. Stockton counts as his hobbies piano playing, singing, reading, international travel and boating in the summer. For more information on Stockton, visit www.dstockton.com/stockton-says, where he pens the weekly “Stockton Says” column.
Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication has a unique fall break opportunity for teens interested in sports journalism. Middle and high school students were invited to learn the basics of sports broadcasting and play-by-play reporting at a two-day camp Oct.10-11. The camp was offered in partnership with FOX Sports Arizona and the Arizona Coyotes.
Middle school students spent both days at the Cronkite School’s state-of-the-art facility, learning from Cronkite faculty. They also had the opportunity to hear from legendary sportscaster Dick Stockton in a conversation moderated by Cronkite School professor Mark Reda, who has more than 35 years’ experience in sports broadcasting.
Dick Stockton poses with Fox Sports broadcaster colleague, Mark Schlereth, former NFL professional football player from the Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos. Pictured center, is Poison front man Bret Michaels, music icon, reality TV star and avid football fan, who is a major part of kicking off the 2019 NFL season with two performances in two different stadiums in less than 24 hours. All were in Phoenix, Arizona on Sunday, September 9 at State Farm Stadium for the Arizona Cardinals and Detroit Lions game. Michaels performed the Halftime Mega Party entertainment.
David J. Halberstam is a broadcast sports historian who has watched the NFL since the 1960s and is now publisher of Sports Broadcast Journal. With such a wealth of insight, we asked him to rank who he thinks are the league’s best-ever voices. Here’s his ranking, which he based on visibility, popularity, endurance, influence and uniqueness of style. Click on each name for examples of their work.
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CHARLOTTE – It’s the night before Dick Stockton’s 619th NFL game in the broadcast booth, his penultimate broadcast of the 2018 season, and he’s celebrating with a little trivia. The production team, along with Stockton, Mark Schlereth, and sideline reporter Jen Hale, are enjoying a light dinner while running through talking points for the Carolina Panthers’ Week 16 game against the Atlanta Falcons on Fox. After noting all the milestones Christan McCaffrey is close to hitting – with graphics to match – Stockton quizzes the team on a little MAAC fun.
“Anybody know the mascot for Canisius?” Stockton asks.
The room has no clue. One voice offers up the Purple Eagles (that’s Canisus’ biggest rival, Niagara), and there’s a few shaking heads before Stockton smiles and delivers the answer: the Golden Griffins.
A phrase that follows those who last in the industry as long as Stockton has is “he’s forgotten more than you’ll ever learn,” but in the case of Dick, it doesn’t seem as though he’s forgotten much of anything. He’s as sharp on his college basketball team names as he is on the golden era films he’ll still watch on TCM, or lyrics to showtunes he plays at home after self-teaching himself the piano his senior year of college.
And despite a Hall of Fame career that’s seen him call Super Bowls (for the NFL’s international broadcast), NBA Finals, the Olympics, Villanova basketball’s historic upset of Georgetown, and Carlton Fisk’s epic home run in the 1975 World Series, he’s still able to get up for a game between two underperforming, playoff-missing NFL teams on a sunny December day.
“I really enjoy what I do,” Stockton says. “Doing the three hours of a game, when it’s over it’s like it went 10 minutes. That’s what it seems like to me. I really relish the blank canvas and then not knowing what’s going to happen.”
Schlereth and Stockton started a routine neither had done with any other broadcast partner prior to this season. The day of the game each week, they’d get up and have breakfast. It wasn’t some grand gesture; it started with Mark asking Dick to do so. It’s become tradition, and it’s allowed the pair to grow more comfortable with one another, both personally and professionally.
It’s important for the pair to talk, not even about the game, but just talk to each other and foster their relationship. They take turns paying, but they order the same thing each week — Mark’s taken to calling it “eggs and ham” — at 7:30 a.m. every Sunday during the season.
“I tell him every week: ‘You know what’s going to happen?’” Schlererth says. “He’s like, ‘What?’ It’s a running joke. I go, ‘They’re going to kick the ball off and a game is going to happen, and you and I are just going to get to talking about it.’ What a blessing. How cool is that? But he’s been an incredible mentor, and I have just so much respect for him as a human being, as a partner.”
Stockton relishes the opportunity to serve as a mentor in this stage of his career. There’s always going to be another young broadcaster gunning for the big call, but Stockton’s had the big call, time and time again. At this point, he gets more pride out of making others around him better, whether that be Schlereth now, Ronde Barber a few years ago, or Troy Aikman, who he helped mentor before the Hall of Fame quarterback teamed up with Joe Buck.
Mark and Dick have become an unlikely pair, and Schlereth beams when the production crew presents Stockton with a bottle of Angel’s Envy at the close of the production meeting.
“This is one of the best groups I’ve ever had,” Stockton tells the room. “And I’ve done a lot of games.”
Schlereth gets with Stockton after the meeting ends, and double checks that they’ll be together bright and early for breakfast the next morning.
“My best friend is 76 years old,” Schlereth says.
From interviews with Stockton, Schlereth, Fox Sports producer Eric Billigmeier, and Fox Sports director Scott Katz, certain pieces of wisdom kept coming back up. Here are a few lessons we picked up from Dick Stockton on broadcasting – and life.
It seems counterintuitive to becoming a play-by-play guy, but Stockton and the production crew stressed how important it was not to try to seem smart or force your own knowledge into things. Use the medium wisely, and act accordingly.
As Katz puts it, “Know when to shut up. Know when to get out of the way. Know that you’re part of a big picture.”
It’s basic, but it’s a hard thing to do.
“It’s important not to fill the air with talk because people don’t listen then,” Stockton says. “They don’t listen. It’s like being in an elevator with Muzak playing. And if you let the pictures and the sounds really dictate what goes on, you’re using the medium at its best.”
Preparation is important for anything. You have to know what to expect, what to gameplan for, and be informed. But as with anything in life, if you try to stick to a script, it won’t ever go according to plan. For Stockton, it’s about putting in the work ahead of time, and then being ready to throw it all away if the game dictates that.
“It really is not about preparation, but it’s about reaction and how you react to what happens on the field,” Stockton says. “Whether it’s a weather condition, whether it’s crowd, whether it’s whatever. And that’s the fun. I enjoy it because it tests your mind. If you have a quick mind, which I think I’ve developed over the years, you could react quickly and have the right words come out at the right time. So anyway, that’s the appeal.”
But Stockton has always been focused on getting better, and tinkering with the formula if things aren’t quite working.
“But I have to say in the last 15 years,” Stockton says, “I’m always seeing what I could do better. I prepare less now. I prepare much less now than I ever prepared, and even think I can prepare even less. I really think I can. But I just want to have something there. But at least I know this now, if I prepare, I’m not going to use it all because I prepared for it. I know the timing and just a sense that if my partner is saying something, this will work right here. Or stay away. So it’s an innate thing.”
This is something Stockton emphasizes frequently. He takes an old school journalist’s approach to broadcasting. The play-by-play guy does his job, and his job is to move the broadcast along like a maestro, set up the analyst, and react to what happens on the field. Trying to impress the audience with knowledge is not what he’s here for.
“I work with an expert,” Stockton says. “I work with a guy who played the game. So for me to have to impress upon the audience that I know a lot, or that I have lot of information takes away from the time that he has to explain what he wants. If it’s about the things that I did, then it’s not the way it works. I have a role. My role is to set the tone of the broadcast, to be a reporter. That’s what I do.
“I’m going to do the play and I’m going to get out,” Stockton continues. “He can go anywhere he wants with it. And if there’s time, I can put an exclamation point on what he says. If not, I go onto the next play. And it seems to work out that way.”
There are so many things to worry about when starting a broadcast it can be dizzying. But that’s where Stockton’s experience comes in. If you’ve done Olympic speed skating, a critical World Series at-bat, or a deciding NBA Finals game, you can determine how to keep things calm and treat every new kickoff like an opportunity.
“He’s taught me so much about just broadcasting,” Schlereth says. “We have hand signals, because I tend to get a little excited, if I get too excited he’ll just give me a, you know, calm down. Even how you approach a game, like when you walk into the beginning of the game, sometimes I just want to sprint into the game.
“No, you’ve got to launch the boat,” Schlereth continues. “We’ve just got to launch the boat. Let’s get the boat in the water, let’s let this game happen, as opposed to trying to make the game happen, just let the game happen. There is a constant, like there is a constant learning curve, and sometimes you walk out of a game, you feel like it was great. Sometimes you’ll walk out of a game, you’ll feel like ah, I did such a horrible job. But like I said, he’s been there kind of every step of the way, mentored me through it.”
Stockton’s steady hand works with guys who are so passionate about the game, they want to share all their knowledge. But audiences can’t absorb all that in a three-hour broadcast. You may only get to use 10 percent of what you know. The important thing is in how you start, and where you go from there.
This is one of Stockton’s key points, and it comes back to the breakfasts he and Schlereth have shared. The same tactics that work for one person won’t work for another. You have to get to know somebody, learn their habits, and communicate accordingly. Stockton won’t force the issue with his partner; instead, he’ll work to understand where they’re coming from and offer them gifts, just as actors do on the stage.
It’s a good rule of thumb on how to treat anyone in your life.
“Treat them decently, treat them with respect,” Stockton says, “and listen to them, and make them comfortable. You can always tell if you make someone nervous or comfortable. I’ve worked with announcers, analysts in sports that did not make me comfortable. And there are all kinds. And I’ve run across them, I won’t name them. But I remember all the ones that were good to me.”
The evils of late-stage capitalism may send off warning signals daily or hourly that if you aren’t getting ahead, you’re falling behind. But if you are so focused on getting ahead that you forget where you are or how you got there, you aren’t being true to yourself. Constantly looking over your shoulder or comparing yourself to others is poisonous, and won’t keep whatever’s coming for you from happening anyway. Stockton is a perfect example of how to keep things in perspective.
There will always be someone younger, better, stronger, or smarter than you. That’s the natural evolution of things. But Stockton isn’t worried about that. His role has evolved over time, and he’s comfortable with what he’s responsible for now. He can still make an impact on others’ lives, and in this industry, and he’s freer — and happier — in living the way he lives.
“I remember that there was an occasion where a prominent play-by-play man who happened to be at CBS was doing a local team and was edged out,” Stockton says. “And he was very upset and he was going to do something. And I told him to calm down. I said, ‘Things are going to work out for you. Don’t make waves and just accept it.’ Because that’s what happens. And things have worked out for them. You know what it is? It’s all the trail, all the circumstances. Highs and lows. And everyone has them. When you’re younger, it’s harder to deal with. When you’re older, it’s easier to deal with actually.”
Stockton loves old movies and stage plays, and he takes a lot of his cues from those classically trained actors.
“I’ve watched a lot of YouTubes about acting,” Stockton says. “I’m fascinated with that profession and I wonder whether I could have been a decent actor, and I watch Michel Cain and I see acting coaches, and I see actors talk about acting, and it has nothing to do in a given scene whether you’re just there listening, and actually the key, which we go back to which they say is the key in acting, so maybe the key in what we do, is listening. Now if you listen to your partner, the chemistry is automatically better. Just like in a scene in film or on stage, if you’re listening, you’re a better actor. You’re not thinking of, ‘Whats my next line?’ Or if he’s talking on the broadcast, I’m not thinking, ‘Okay, when he’s done I’m going to talk about Cam Newton.’ No, I’m listening to what he says. The listening may be the key to the whole thing. It’s the key to anything.”
We can all be better about listening, and it goes back to avoiding “overtalking.” If you aren’t listening, you aren’t learning.
There’s a tendency among young people to pretend to love work, or to put way too much of themselves into what they do. It’s part identity, it’s part trying to find oneself, and it’s part survival. But it’s not sustainable — a company does not care about you, a company won’t take care of you, a company won’t bring you joy. You have to do that for yourself. It’s possible to love what you do, and to love the people you work with, and to love where you work, but that starts from inside. No one job will accomplish that for you.
Stockton has made a career out of broadcasting sports. He’s been on the call for thousands of games. But he’s not a broadcaster; that’s not how he identifies himself. He’s a person, with interests, hobbies, and drives.
“I like film and I love reading,” Stockton says. “I love reading mystery novels and spy novels primarily. I love reading and I love seeing movies. I play the piano, it’s my hobby. And I sing when I play and stuff. And I love what I do. But it’s what I do, it’s not who I am. So there’s a difference there.”
He adds, “I love what I do. I love covering, broadcasting sports. But it’s not like if I didn’t do a game on a given week, I’d go nuts.”
Stockton says that calling Carlton Fisk’s dramatic home run in ’75 World Series is the most significant moment of his career
Dick Stockton has always been approachable; an easy going ex New Yorker who’s happy to engage in unhurried conversations with fans who recognize him and want to say hello.
Big-time broadcasters might hide. Some wear sunglasses and pull their baseball caps down to their noses to conceal their identities. Dick isn’t one of them, even after a stellar and visible fifty year sportscasting career. For years, in fact, he and his ex-longtime wife, Lesley Visser, were almost like sports broadcasting’s first couple; both successful, friendly, accommodating, visible and helpful.
Today, Stockton’s longtime dulcet tone is still in fine fettle.
He came along in the late 60s, newly graduated from Syracuse at a time when the sports broadcast business was taking off. The most explosive decade for on-air network sports was the 70s. For the first time, the NFL was on all three major networks, CBS, NBC and ABC. Baseball had a highly rated Game of the Week, the NBA was on ABC and the NCAA Tournament had a network television home on NBC.
And when ESPN surfaced in the 80s, there was a rush to fill announcing positions.
Stockton emerged during an era that preceded specialization. Network play-by-play announcers had to be versatile. It wasn’t like today when Mike Breen does hoops, Mike Emrick does hockey and nothing more.
Curt Gowdy called everything that NBC carried then. Even Pat Summerall, a football man, did tennis, golf and yes, the NBA one year. Footballer Frank Gifford at ABC did the the historical Olympic gold medal basketball game between the Soviet Union and the United States in 1972. (Yes, we wuz robbed.)
Dick was ready for any assignment; he was quick on the learning curve. Yes, he called the major sports; one of the very few who can do baseball, basketball and football proficiently on network television. He also did swimming, diving, figure skating, speed-skating and tennis. Dick worked locally too; Red Sox, Knicks, A’s and more.
Stockton started his career in Philadelphia, moved to Pittsburgh and later Boston. It was there that he was recognized for his telecasts of the Red Sox. It led to an opportunity to call the unforgettable 1975 World Series on NBC when the network included the local voices on its Series coverage.
Later, at CBS, Stockton’s visibility grew. The network had rights to the NBA, NCAA Basketball, Major League Baseball, the NFL and an occasional Olympics. Stockton was part of CBS’ star studded mix; Brent Musburger, John Madden, Pat Summerall, Billy Packer, Pat O’Brien and others.
He was there when the great Larry Bird vs. Magic Johnson matchups stimulated interest in the NBA, after its low point when championship games were run as recorded programming after the local news. The Dukes of Hazzard meant more to CBS than the NBA Finals in midweek, so for three years the finals were on delayed tape (1979-81).
Stockton was CBS’ lead voice on the NBA, presiding over the title series nine years, all dominated by Magic or Bird. His name was interchangeable with the Showtime years and the slick Pat Riley. Marv later did nine NBA Finals and Breen has done 13 in a row since taking over in 2006.
Like Dick Enberg, Keith Jackson, Curt Gowdy and others who preceded him, Stockton is not as sharp now as he was in the prime of his career. Yet, Dick, 76, can still run circles around others, presenting special moments dramatically, whether it’s underscoring them with the right word or remaining silent and letting the pictures capture the theater.
Does he make mistakes? Yes. Are some of them embarrassing, you bet. When he set the scene for a matchup between the the, “Los Angeles Chargers and the Denver Nuggets,” social media took note in the pejorative.
To err is human. Just last year, CBS’ number one, Jim Nantz called a college basketball game and had a player picking up a loose football. Perhaps AI, technology’s almost frightening future, will pilfer microphones from human beings and viewers will have perfect calls. Flawless, yes; but inhuman and lifeless. I dread that day as much as I do now, when having to listen to sterile announcers who make almost no mistakes; but are emotionally divorced. Boring.
The great announcer, Chuck Thompson, called game seven of the 1960 Yankees-Pirates World Series. He was on network radio when Bill Mazeroski homered in the last of the ninth to win the Series for the Bucs. Thompson erred, “Art Ditmar is ready and throws.” The Yanks’ pitcher was actually Ralph Terry. Given the historical enormity of Maz’ shot, the call is still replayed 58 years later. Thompson was given the opportunity to correct the recording so that it would be accurate. He said no; I called it that way and I’ll live with it.
We’re all human. So is Dick Stockton. Enberg, Jackson, Gowdy, Don Criqui and Verne Lundquist were among the best play-by-play voices on network television into their seventies. But neither made it on-air to their eighties. Will Stockton?
Dick is reaching that precipice. No matter what happens, Dick is ready. He has tons of interests and looks back at a blessed fifty plus year career.
You’ve had a stellar broadcast career. Not many have enjoyed your success. You did a World Series, the NCAA Tournament, tons of NFL and MLB. How would you say you’re first identified? Is it for the NBA in the 80s and 90s when you called nine NBA finals for CBS?
While I’ve done countless games in many sports, people usually point to my NBA work more than any other. How fortunate and timely it was for me to be able to broadcast those nine finals for CBS, including every Celtics-Lakers series, and in 1983 when Julius Erving finally won a title with the 76ers after several disappointments. I covered the emergence of Michael Jordan and finished with back-to-back championships by the Pistons, and their bad-boy reputation.
Above and beyond those NBA finals was the call of Jordan’s breakout 63-point game against the Celtics in the first round of the 1986 playoffs. But the best series I ever broadcast was a year before becoming the lead announcer on that package. In 1981, the Celtics rallied from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Sixers 91-90 in the seventh and deciding game of the Eastern Conference finals. As the second team for CBS, Kevin Loughery and I were at courtside for a classic battle in which five of the seven games were decided by two points or one. That series was the best I ever covered.
Your proficient at the three top sports; baseball, football and basketball. Which is your favorite to broadcast and why?
Baseball was far and away my favorite sport growing up. I had a special affinity for the game when I had the opportunity to broadcast baseball. My reputation may have been built on basketball, but I now have worked 610 NFL games, and at this point it’s the only sport I really want to do. There is something about the week-long build-up of a game that seems to always carry a sense of drama, starting with the opening kickoff.
It’s that way, regardless of a team’s record. But I guess overall, the game I am doing at the moment is always my favorite.
You were raised in New York. Which announcers helped fashion your style?
I was blessed to be able to listen to many great announcers growing up in Forest Hills in Queens, New York (same part of that town that produced Ian Eagle). We had three baseball teams. Mel Allen was the voice of the Yankees, Red Barber, and a young Vin Scully were on the Dodgers broadcasts. But I was a New York (baseball) Giants fan and Russ Hodges, thus became my favorite. But the best was Marty Glickman who was behind the mike for college basketball and the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
Marty also was the voice of the New York Giants football team. No one could better set a scene, from the specific descriptions of a team’s uniforms, to precisely describing the action of where players were placed on the field or court, than Glickman. No one really shaped my style because I never gave thought to a broadcasting career. I wanted to be a sportswriter. Most of the time, I read as many as eight newspapers. I attended Syracuse University because of its highly-rated journalism program.
You worked the 1975 Red Sox-Reds World Series on NBC. It was one of the greatest of all-time. What are your recollections of it?
Carlton Fisk’s dramatic home run in the 12th inning of the sixth game of the 1975 World Series at Fenway Park remains the most significant moment of my career. It was my first year broadcasting baseball and in those days NBC selected announcers from the two teams involved. Here I was, in the same booth with Curt Gowdy, Tony Kubek and Joe Garagiola. I worked the sixth game, when the Reds were up 3-2. The game was pushed back several days because of rain, and the enthusiasm for the resumption of the Series was dimmed. But the game turned into one of the classics of all-time. The Red Sox led 3-0, the Reds eventually tied the score and went ahead 6-3, before Bernie Carbo’s pinch hit 3-run homer with two-outs in the eighth inning tied the score. NBC usually had either Curt Gowdy and Joe Garagiola do the first four and-a-half innings, with the team announcer working the rest.
But in Game 6, the network understandably wanted its own voice to be on the mike at the finish if the Reds were to win and capture the Series. So, I began the broadcast. It was Garagiola’s turn on TV and he took over in the bottom of the fifth. When the game was tied 6-6 going into extra innings, NBC decided to alternate innings. I worked the 10th, Joe the 11th and I was back on for the 12th. That’s when Fisk led off with the game-winning home run which has gone down as one of the great moments in baseball history. After I made the call of the home run, I remained silent as Fisk rounded the bases, and fans started to pour out of the stands. I didn’t speak again until he was about to enter the dugout. That’s when I realized nothing was better than the sounds and pictures of the scene. It was pure instinct, and I have had that attitude ever since.
That Fisk moment remains the top moment of my career.
Social media can be quite blunt. It doesn’t discriminate. Like many others, you’ve been an occasional subject of unflattering comments. How does it affect you personally and how do your bosses respond?
There is no doubt that social media has become the principal element of broadcast sports criticism. It started with the advent of sports-media columnists and now social media has taken over. My view is that some of the criticism directed my way is warranted and some isn’t.
It goes with the territory, and I accept it. For me, the body of work counts more than a comment of a single play or moment in a broadcast.
As for my bosses, no one at CBS or at Fox has ever responded to anything I’ve uttered on a broadcast.
I don’t believe they are swayed by outside criticism.
Most network announcers leave their play-by-play chairs once deep into their 70s; Verne Lundquist, Brent Musburger, Keith Jackson, Don Criqui, Curt Gowdy and Dick Enberg; to name some. You’re 76 and doing only the NFL. Do you still feel sharp and how much longer can you go?
I like my schedule of working only NFL and this year, doing 14 games. It fits my life, which involves traveling, reading, piano, golf, tennis and working out. I know I am in better physical shape than I was 10 to 15 years ago. I love doing the games, working with my partners and production crew.
My mind has stayed sharp. I have always felt that the two key elements to gauge whether you’ve really slowed down, is one, whether you remain on top of the play and maintain the tempo of the game, and two, your energy and voice-strength aren’t weakened in the latter stages of a blowout .
I feel I can still execute both elements, and I guess at some point my superiors at Fox and I will sit down and make a decision. But I don’t think I’m there yet.
You’ve worked with many analysts through the years. How does an experienced play-by-play announcer make their partner commentators better?
In recent years my role has been to mentor expert-analysts, help develop the skills they obviously bring to the table and hopefully set them up for future success. I relish that role. In fact, I have proudly worked with every one of our corps of analysts at one time or another. The past two years, Mark Schlereth has been my partner and I have seen him grow significantly. My mission is simple. Give him all the room he needs to express himself and establish his personality on air, allow him to be as relaxed as possible, and offer words to get to where he wants to go based on my decades of experience.
How much harder is it today for a network play-by-play announcer to call a game, given all the graphics you have to reference and the promos you have to read?
It is really not more difficult to call a game today because of the increase of graphics, promos, and other elements dropped into the coverage. Graphics don’t always have to be mentioned. Many of them simply can be read. Promos have never been a problem. They’re usually dropped in at the proper time. As long as everything is presented in the flow of the broadcast, and not forced, there’s no problem.
The enemy of a commentator is the mute button. There’s too much talk on TV. Let games breathe. Allowing the pictures and sounds to come through only heightens the drama. Go look up a Pat Summerall broadcast, and you’ll see what I mean. Even on radio, check out how the great Ernie Harwell described Tigers games.
Less is more, is never a bad way to go.
(an article from the Arizona Cardinals Week 3 Game Release Media Relations News)
When FOX play-by-play announcer Dick Stockton is in Arizona to call this Sunday’s game between the Cardinals and Bears, the local area code will match the number of NFL games he has called as a broadcaster. This week Stockton will be calling his 602nd career NFL game.
Stockton began his broadcasting career doing local radio and TV in his hometown of Philadelphia in 1965. He is among an elite group of announcers that have been with FOX since it began NFL coverage in 1994 and the 2018 season marks Stockton’s 25th with the NFL on FOX.
In his 40+ years as a professional broadcaster, Stockton has also covered MLB, the NBA, NCAA basketball, boxing, track & field, the Pan Am Games and the Olympics. In 2009, he was named one of the top-50 network sportscasters of all time by the American Sportscasters Association.
Be sure to tune into FOX for this Sunday’s game at 1:25 p.m. between the Arizona Cardinals and the Chicago Bears to hear Dick call his 602nd NFL game.
An Interview by Andrew Bucholtz on
It’s hard to believe that the NFL on Fox is in its 25th season, beginning way back in 1994. One of the figures who’s been there that whole time is Dick Stockton, who joined Fox that year after 17 years with CBS, and has been calling games ever since. Stockton has done a lot of other things over the years, including calling Major League Baseball on Fox from 1997 through 2013 and calling MLB and NBA games for Turner Sports; he’s also been recognized by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and the American Sportscasters Association, and he received the Sonny Hirsch Excellence in Sports Broadcasting Award in 2016. But in a recent conversation with Awful Announcing, Stockton said his work on the NFL on Fox has been his favorite.
“I was there at the very beginning and I’m there now, and I’ve been with this phenomenal enterprise for the best 25 years of my professional career. To be one of the original on-air people is something that I think is really tremendous. I take really great pride in it, not pride for me personally, but just pride that I’ve been with this fabulous NFL team for as long as I have.”
“…I’ll always have a great regard for my time at CBS doing NFL, but I honestly think that what Fox tried to do and what they’ve succeeded with is that they bring you the game. …I think that the people who put on these games, the broadcasters, the production staff, the technicians, are a step up in knowing what NFL football is all about and what’s important in a given game. And I think that is so critical, ‘What’s important at this stage of the game? What should we be talking about, what should be showing?’ And Fox to me has been ahead of the pack in that respect as far as the Sunday football.”
The NFL on Fox broadcasts have evolved over time, but Stockton said those changes have been gradual compared to the change they brought to NFL broadcasting when they started.
“It hasn’t changed that much, but we made the initial change. When David Hill and company decided to put the Fox Box in (the constant score, time and down and distance graphic), that had never been done before at any network. I think visually, soundwise, the sounds of our game, the quarterback calling the signals, the defensive players, I think it’s been superior to any other broadcast. I think they put together great teams, great producers and directors. It’s always been the same; they let you do your job, they don’t second-guess you, they don’t call you, they say “Have fun” and it filters down, it really does.”
At 75, Stockton is regularly asked how long he plans to keep announcing. He said he doesn’t have any plans to leave yet.
“As long as it feels good. Fox has been great to me, they want me back, they tell me they want me back every year, and I feel good. I’ve been asked a lot of times by people, people have said to me ‘How do you know when a broadcaster is starting to slip?’ And there are mistakes that all announcers make and I’m guilty of them as well, and I know that you get criticized by younger people who say ‘What’s this guy still working for?’”
“But there are two gauges that I go by; one, if you’re behind the play and so behind what is going on in the game that you can’t keep up with the play and are not exact with the call, that’s one. And the other is the energy you have in the fourth quarter. If your energy is beginning to wane, if you’re getting weaker, especially in a blowout. Neither one of those things has affected me; I’m not even in the universe of those things at this point.”
Stockton said while football’s been his most enjoyable broadcasting role, it also can be the most challenging. Part of how he approaches it is emphasizing his analysts’ strengths.
“Football is maybe the most difficult, because you have to be precise and exact in the few seconds you have as you call the play. You are working with a partner. I have a philosophy as to what I want to do and I think it’s worked; I have either broken in or worked with every analyst that we have, ranging from Troy Aikman to Charles Davis, Daryl Johnston to Ronde Barber to Chris Spielman, and now my current partner is Mark Schlereth and I’m going into my second year with him. I’ve worked with all of them and I think that I’ve been able to mentor them initially; they all have talent obviously, but to be able to mentor them, I think the style in which I like to do a game has been helpful to them.”
Stockton said his style’s evolved over time, and he’s now focused on a less-is-more approach.
“I reevaluate myself in how I want to go about the job every year. This is my 52nd year, not necessarily doing the play-by-play, I started with CBS as a post-game talent, before The NFL Today came to be, in 1967. I’ve learned that less is more. I’ve watched other games, not our own people, but people on other networks, college and pro, and they talk wall-to-wall. It’s wall-to-wall talk and they don’t stop. And they mention different things, many of which are irrelevant and really not suitable to what we’re seeing. People that rely on stats I always say don’t know the game; if you can do the game without stats, except what appears on the screen, then that’s the best way for it to be done.”
“But less is more; people prepare so much and they have so many nuggets and they empty their bucket, and people aren’t listening to what they’re saying. If I am crisp in my call and let Mark Schlereth come in and do what he wants to do and say what he wants to say in his style, and if we can get into a conversation that’s a brief one, but not a wall to wall thing, that’s the way the game should be done, and that’s what I’ve learned in the last 10 years. I think that I’ve been stronger in the last eight years than even before that.”
He said a key goal for him is to spotlight his analyst.
“Just to keep doing it the way I’m doing it so that my partner can shine. I believe it’s not Dick Stockton’s broadcast; the key, as far as the commentary is concerned, comes from your expert. If he’s good, and if he’s up on what’s going on in the game, as Mark showed last year that he so clearly is, let him go, let him do his thing. I want people to say ‘I enjoy listening to those two broadcasting a game, it’s an easy listen, and boy, Mark Schlereth is coming up with a couple of gems.’ If those two things happen we’ve had a good broadcast.”
There have been a lot of memorable moments for Stockton over the years, but he said the famous double overtime game in 2003 where Steve Smith and the Panthers beat the Rams particularly sticks out for him.
“One game that Daryl and Tony Siragusa and I did was that double overtime game where Steve Smith ran for a touchdown on a pass from Jake Delhomme against the Rams in St. Louis. That was a game that really stands out. There have been a lot of great highlights; my first game ever was Eagles-Giants at Giants Stadium, and then when Michael Strahan broke the sack record against Brett Favre, also at Giants Stadium, so there have been many, many great ones. Matt Millen and I worked for nearly a decade and did the playoff games as the number-two group, and that was rewarding.”
Stockton said he’s excited to be working a 25th season with the NFL on Fox, and he’s enjoying his status as a veteran announcer.
“It’s been a great adventure, and I love it, and they like having me back, and I love being back. I’m really the most senior play-by-play announcer on football, college or pro, in this country right now, and I’m really delighted about that.”
NEW YORK, NY – FOX Sports announced its broadcast teams for the network’s 25th season of NFL coverage. This season, the FOX NFL lineup includes seven esteemed on-air teams featuring a notable blend of experienced and new personalities. The announcement was made by John Entz, President of Production and Executive Producer, FOX Sports.
Emmy Award-winning play-by-play announcer Joe Buck and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman return for their 17th season as FOX Sports’ lead NFL broadcast team. Erin Andrews joins the league’s longest-tenured duo for her sixth season of reporting. Buck, Aikman and Andrews will open Week 1 with FOX’s first edition of AMERICA’S GAME OF THE WEEK, as the Carolina Panthers face the Dallas Cowboys in a conference battle from Bank of America Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 4:25 PM ET.
As previously announced, Buck, Aikman, Andrews, reporter Kristina Pink and FOX NFL rules analyst Mike Pereira comprise the NFL’s Thursday Night Football presented by Bud Light broadcast team. The fivesome will call Thursday Night Football games broadcast on FOX and simulcast via NFL Network between Weeks 4-15 (excluding Thanksgiving night). The games also will be streamed on Amazon Prime and distributed in Spanish on FOX Deportes.
FOX Sports play-by-play announcer Kevin Burkhardt teams with Charles Davis and veteran reporter Pam Oliver. Oliver, a 2018 Gracie Award recipient, enters her 24th season of FOX NFL coverage. The trio opens the season Sunday, Sept. 9 at U.S. Bank Stadium as the San Francisco 49ers visit the Minnesota Vikings at 1:00 PM ET.
Mark Schlereth, a three-time Super Bowl Champion, returns with longtime play-by-play announcer Dick Stockton and reporter Jennifer Hale. Stockton, Schlereth and Hale call the Seattle Seahawks at Denver Broncos matchup from Mile High Stadium Week 1 at 4:25 PM ET. Kenny Albert and five-time Pro Bowl cornerback Rondé Barber partner again in 2018. Barber’s twin brother, three-time Pro Bowl running back Tiki Barber, joins Rondé and Albert from the sidelines for Weeks 1 and 2. Last fall, the Barbers became the first twin brothers to call an NFL game for broadcast television when they joined Albert in the FOX booth for the Giants at Bucs game, a meeting of their former teams.
Long time play-by-play caller Chris Myers once again teams with analyst Daryl “Moose” Johnston and reporter Laura Okmin. Each has more than a decade of NFL game experience with FOX Sports. Myers, Johnston and Okmin call the NFC South matchup pairing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the New Orleans Saints in Week 1 at 1:00 PM ET.
Thom Brennaman, analyst Chris Spielman and reporter Shannon Spake call the 4:25 PM ET Week 1 matchup between the Washington Redskins and the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium. Longtime play-by-play announcer Sam Rosen completes the FOX Sports Week 1 roster alongside NFL Hall of Famer and game analyst Cris Carter and reporter Sarah Kustok. Rosen, Carter and Kustok call the Tennessee Titans matchup against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium at 1:00 PM ET. Former Rams and Titans head coach Jeff Fisher will make his FOX Sports debut in Week 4 when he pairs with play-by-play announcer Dan Hellie and reporter Karyn Bryant as the New York Jets travel to the Jacksonville Jaguars at 1:00 PM ET.
Impressively, Albert, Brennaman, Buck and Stockton have all been with FOX dating back to the network’s inception in 1994. They all called games in the first NFL on FOX season and will be back again in 2018.
2018 FOX NFL BROADCAST TEAMS
Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Erin Andrews
Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis and Pam Oliver
Kenny Albert, Rondé Barber and various reporters
Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman and Shannon Spake or Peter Schrager
Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston and Laura Okmin
Dick Stockton, Mark Schlereth and Jennifer Hale
Other Play-by-Play Announcers: Sam Rosen, Dan Hellie, Brian Custer and Kevin Kugler
Other Analysts: Cris Carter, Greg Jennings, Brady Quinn and Jeff Fisher
Other Reporters: Shane Bacon, Tiki Barber, Karyn Bryant, Doug Gottlieb, Sarah Kustok and Sara Walsh.
Former NFL Vice Presidents of Officiating Dean Blandino and Mike Pereira serve as rules analysts throughout the season, providing rules analysis and proficiency on some of the most important calls of the week.
FOX NFL KICKOFF welcomes fans each Sunday at 11:00 AM ET on FOX throughout the season. The one-hour pregame show is hosted by Charissa Thompson along with 14-time NFL Pro Bowler and studio analyst Tony Gonzalez, four-time NFL Pro Bowler Michael Vick, Colin Cowherd, Super Bowl winning-defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt and Cooper Manning, who contributes weekly segments. Peter Schrager will join the cast most weeks, with the exemption of four games in which he will be reporting from the sidelines.
FOX NFL SUNDAY, America’s top NFL pregame show for the last 25 seasons, immediately follows at 12:00 PM ET. Hosts Terry Bradshaw and Curt Menefee, and analysts Howie Long, Jimmy Johnson and Michael Strahan drive the Emmy Award-winning, one-hour program. Premier NFL insider Jay Glazer, comedic prognosticator Rob Riggle and rules analysts Pereira and Blandino also contribute.
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PART TWO OF INTERVIEW:
New York, February 2 – Hall of Fame sportscaster Dick Stockton will team with CRN International’s Collisions division to launch a sports podcast appropriately dubbed “Stockton!” The first episode featuring controversial baseball superstar Alex Rodriguez will debut on Tuesday, February 14.
In the preview episode of “Stockton,” ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap turns the tables on Stockton, and interviews the sportscaster on his storied career, providing a unique and detailed look at one of the most distinctive voices in sports broadcasting. Visit www.stocktonpodcast.com.
A-Rod provides revealing insights into his life, legacy and lessons learned. “It took me four months to build up the courage to tell my daughters about my mistakes,” Rodriguez says in the podcast episode. “Looking back, the suspension [from baseball for the 2014 season] was a pivotal turning point in my life.” A-Rod has two young daughters, Natasha and Ella.
“You don’t need to be defined by your mistakes; it’s how you handle them,” added A-Rod. “I feel like I’m still rounding first base.”
Rodriguez also discusses his legacy in the game, his experience as a sports commentator on Fox, and who he admires today in Major League Baseball.
The “Stockton!” podcast brings a thinking man’s depth to podcasting with humor and curiosity. Listeners will get a fresh perspective on core issues affecting sports, its fans, the teams, the athletes and even the weekend warriors. “Stockton!” also will offer listeners behind-the-scenes peeks of how broadcasts come together and share the microphone with some of today’s sports legends. The podcast will present stories and newsmakers from different angles never before probed in a public forum.
As one of the most distinctive voices on the airwaves, Dick Stockton has been named one of the 50 top sportscasters of all time and is a member of the Broadcasters Hall of Fame. He has had a unique front-row seat to the major sporting events and sports stories of our time. He has called the shots from the Olympics, World Series, NBA Finals and a wide range of historic sports moments for CBS, NBC, Fox and Turner. He has interviewed and gotten to know the greats and other personalities in ways that transcend what the average fan sees and hears.
“Most of my career I’ve been behind the microphone doing play-by-play of so many events in so many sports,” says Stockton. “Now I have the opportunity to share my views on not only what’s happening currently, along with the perspective of over four decades of experience in sports, but the ancillary aspects as well.”
The venture represents the latest addition to CRN International’s fast-growing portfolio of podcasts under the Collisions brand, whose shows have all appeared in iTunes’ New and Noteworthy section and whose audience sizes represent the upper echelon of some 300,000 podcasts. Other Collisions podcasts include: “Distraction,” hosted by New York Times best-selling author and leading psychiatrist Dr. Edward Hallowell; the “Car and Driver Podcast,” in partnership with the editors of Car and Driver magazine; “The Official Sasquatch! Festival Podcast,” a Live Nation music festival; and “Just the Right Book! Podcast,” hosted by Roxanne Coady from leading independent bookseller R.J. Julia.
CRN, which for decades has produced thousands of radio campaigns on radio stations throughout the country for hundreds of leading consumer brands, will work with Stockton to create, produce and distribute the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloud and many other podcast outlets.
About Dick Stockton: Considered one of the most versatile broadcasters with more than 35 years of experience, Stockton’s vast resume includes 17 years at CBS Sports from 1978-1994. During that time, he worked NFL regular season and playoffs, NCAA regular season and tournament basketball, the World Swimming and Diving Championships, championship boxing, track and field as well as the Olympic Games. Stockton called the gold medal-winning performances by speed skaters Dan Jansen and Bonnie Blair, moments which he considers to be among the highlights of his career.
Stockton also has called regular season and NBA playoff games for Turner Sports. In 2001, he was honored with the Curt Gowdy Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.
Stockton arrived at CBS Sports fulltime in 1978 to work NFL games where his partners included Roger Staubach, Hank Stram, Dan Fouts, Merlin Olsen, Terry Bradshaw, Dan Dierdorf and Wayne Walker. In addition to his NFL work, he was the lead announcer for the NBA on CBS from 1982 to 1990, including the memorable Lakers-Celtics NBA Finals in that decade. Stockton also appeared weekly on CBS Sports coverage of Major League Baseball from 1990 to 1992, including three American League Championship Series.
Stockton was the voice of Red Sox baseball from 1975 through 1978 at WSBK-TV in Boston. In 1975 he called Carlton Fisk’s legendary 12th-inning home run in the sixth game of the World Series for NBC Sports (“if it stays fair……home run!”) NBC also employed him from 1976 and 1977 to cover NFL games and NCAA tournament basketball. He called play-by-play of Oakland A’s games for KRON-TV in San Francisco for three years beginning in 1995.
From 2001 through 2008, Stockton called the Super Bowl for the NFL to an international audience of more than 230 countries.
About CRN International
CRN International is the leading radio marketing company, pioneering strategies and producing creative programming that gives major advertisers competitive advantages through radio and emerging audio media. The company recently launched Collisions, which produces “podcasts for curious people.” The company is headquartered in Hamden, CT, with offices in New York, Minneapolis and Detroit.
For more information, contact:
Jim Alkon, CRN, Marketing Director,
[email protected], 203-407-3341
On October 12, 2016, Dick Stockton, Class of ’64, was inducted into the Syracuse University WAER Hall of Fame.
Enjoy this link to a video clip of Dick’s acceptance speech.
Photos taken at the event:
Coach Jim Boeheim
The John N. Russell Memorial Doubles Tournament was held on July 22, 2016 in Alexandria Bay, NY.
John Russell was a compassionate man and strong community leader in the North County both In the areas of business and community service. He passed away over 2 years ago. He was a true “RIver Rat” and he enjoyed tennis and kayaking. He was a strong supporter of the Alexandria Bay Chapter for the Foundation for Community Betterment. After his passing his widow, Natalie Austin, came to the tennis community and asked if we would volunteer to run a doubles tennis tournament in his honor the same weekend and the Golf and Paddle Events (These events were already formed and ongoing). Of course, the group enthusiastically said “yes!” And so the first Tournament was held in 2015.
We all came back for 2016 and fielded over 30 persons for another morning of excellent tennis, camaraderie and fun competition. The combined dollars given back to the community with proceeds generated by all three events: Golf, Tennis and Paddle was over $21,000! Fund recipients were the Marcia Hayden/Jerry Fitzgerald family which received a handicapped van so they could transport their son, The RIver hospital received funds to be applied towards their new Physical Therapy Room, and The Town of Alexandria will use their funds given by Betterment for the Immediate Need Fund in memory of Ronald J. McLennan. The community overwhelming comes out to support this weekend of golf, tennis and paddle. This is such a well received weekend by the community that we are doing the Tennis Tournament again in 2017.
The date for next year’s event will be Friday, July 21, 2017.
Mark your calendars for this very special event! Be there when we celebrate the induction of broadcasters Dick Stockton ’64 and Beth Mowins ’90 into the WAER Hall of Fame.
Hall of Fame induction
Hors d’oeuvres and cocktail reception
Goldstein Alumni and Faculty Center
Contact Mary Evans at 315.443.5253 or [email protected].
On Monday, May 16, legendary sports broadcaster Dick Stockton was a featured guest on host Tim Hollenback’s Major YBL Podcast and Rec Room Show. Major YBL is Wisconsin’s largest youth baseball league which produces a weekly podcast with a featured guest who talks about baseball. Dick Stockton’s podcast interview covered a variety of stories and all things baseball. Listeners enjoyed hearing about Dick’s classic baseball calls from his award-winning career. It was a memorable podcast interview that was enjoyed by all.
Tim Hollenback who hosts the show, wrote:
“Thank you so much to Mr. Stockton for his time. It was a fantastic
interview and I was truly humbled to talk to someone of his stature. I
have interviewed hundreds of people throughout my 7-year podcast
journey and this was truly the highlight.”
Please enjoy the link below for Dick Stockton’s entire podcast episode. https://archive.org/details/MYBLEp7
It is also posted on the Major YBL website under the podcast for 5-16-16.
During the interview, Hollenback also mentions Dick’s blog “Stockton Says” which posts weekly current events in sports news and can be found at http://97f.f79.myftpupload.com/stockton-says. Be sure to subscribe to receive emailed blog updates.
On April 20, 2016, Dick Stockton joined The Dan Patrick Radio Show on the 30th anniversary of calling Michael Jordan’s 63-point explosion against the Celtics in the 1986 playoffs. Stockton explained how that game helped propel Jordan into the Air Jordan we all know now and how incredible Jordan’s feat was with how great the Celtics were at the time. http://www.danpatrick.com/guests/dick-stockton/
On Saturday, April 9, 2016, the Acordis Call Of The Game Dinner brought together some of the region’s biggest names in sports and entertainment for the Reid & Fiorentino annual benefit dinner supporting two of the most recognized Florida-based non-profit organizations – Lauren’s Kids and Dade Schools Athletic Foundation. Hosted by longtime Fox Sports Sun HEAT TV broadcasters, Eric Reid and Tony Fiorentino, the Call Of The Game Dinner honored leading sports icons and philanthropic heroes for their achievements both on and off the playing field.
More than 800 guests attended the sold-out affair at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida emceed by Johanna Gomez. Following the cocktail reception, guests entered the seating area of Hard Rock Live which had been transformed into a beautifully decorated ballroom with plush dark draping and Britto art adorning the room. At the center of each table was an electric guitar centerpiece painted by famed artist Romero Britto – which guests could purchase as the ultimate keepsake.
Nationally renowned sportscaster Dick Stockton received the Sonny Hirsch Excellence in Sports Broadcasting Award. Named after the longtime voice of the Miami Hurricanes, the award honors an outstanding sport broadcaster who has had a great impact in their field, while making notable accomplishments within the community.
Other 2016 Award Honorees were Pat Riley, Miami Heat Coach winning the Don Shula Sports Legend Award; Matt Sandusky, winning the Ted Arison Community Service Award; and Troy Vincent, Miami Dolphins CB, winning the Jim Mandich Courage & Commitment Award.
At the heart of this event, two charities: Lauren’s Kids and the Dade Schools Athletic Foundation (DSAF). benefited from the generosity of all that attended.
Lauren’s Kids Lauren’s Kids is a Florida-based organization aimed at preventing child sexual abuse and healing survivors through education and awareness. It was started by Lauren Book, a survivor of childhood sexual abuse who endured abuse at the hands of her nanny for six years. Most recently, Lauren’s Kids received $3.8 million from the Florida Legislature to develop and implement the state’s first-ever sexual abuse prevention curriculum called Safer, Smarter Kids. Additionally, her organization offers a 24-hour crisis hotline, an annual awareness walk and speaking engagements.
Dade County Athletic Foundation
The Dade Schools Athletic Foundation is a 501(c)3 created in 1994 through the Miami Dade County School Board to allow the private sector to support and augment the athletic programs in the Miami-Dade County Public School system. Miami-Dade schools operate their athletic programs with very few actual tax dollars with the majority of funds being raised by the principals, athletic directors and coaches. Every school has been forced to eliminate programs and severely restrict the number of students who can participate in athletics at every level.
Funds raised by the Foundation are passed on directly to Dade County public high schools as well as middle school athletic programs to provide grants for the purchase of equipment, uniforms, and training aids. In addition, the DSAF annually provides scholarships for outstanding student-athletes.
Dick Stockton, pictured below, after receiving the Sonny Hirsch Excellence in Sports Broadcasting Award.
Pictured below are Lauren Book, M.S.ED. – Founder and CEO of Lauren’s Kids, along with Ronald Book, P.A. – President of Lauren’s Kids.
Dick Stockton spoke at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University on Wednesday, October 28.
Click to view The Daily Orange campus news article reviewing Dick’s appearance.
Read the Sports Illustrated article at the link below about Dick Stockton’s famous call on the Carlton Fisk home run of the 1975 World Series.
Dick Stockton will be speaking at Syracuse University on October 28, 2015. He will be sharing some of his greatest sports stories and how he reached success in this highly-competitive business. Stockton graduated from Syracuse University in 1964 with a degree in speech dramatic arts and journalism.
Syracuse University and the Newhouse School are renowned for turning out talented and successful sports journalists in all media. The Newhouse Sports Media Center builds on that reputation, connecting alumni, faculty and current students through their sports journalism skills and passion for the profession. The center provides oversight for the school’s Sports Communications Emphasis, a specialized track for graduate students, collaborates with on-campus sports media and strengthens academic-industry partnerships through an alumni advisory board, special events and guest lectures.
Link to the event – http://newhousesports.syr.edu/
Dick Stockton was an honoree on September 24, 2015 and spoke at the launch of the new sport trivia website and mobile app called “Daily Dose”. He was recognized for his years of dedication in the sports industry and for being the true voice of sports.
The Daily Dose is the world’s first sports nostalgia daily. Each day, readers receive an original profile of a history-making athlete or event. From Lebron James to the Little 500, we dig up details that surprise even the biggest and most seasoned sports buff. It’s the “wow” factor we’re after – that incredible stat or inspiring memory that will make your day.
Here is a link to the website – http://www.dailydsports.com/
Link to photos of the event on Instagram –
Dick Stockton and Jim Edwards, Founder of Daily Dose
Dick Stockton, Al McCoy, and Eddie Johnson at launch party of The Daily Dose.