American Sportscasters Association's
Top 10 Sportscasters of the 20th Century


(As voted on by members of the ASA)


ASA President Lou Schwartz presents Vin Scully with ASA Sportscaster of the Century Award at Dodger Stadium on September 24, 2000 as his family and 48,000 fans look on.

1 - Vin Scully
* Voice of the Dodgers for 51 years
* Called 3 perfect games and 18 no-hitters
* Broadcast 25 World Series and 12 All-Star games
* Announcer for NFL games and PGA Tour events for CBS-TV, 1975-1982
* Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, 1982
* Inducted into the American Sportscasters Hall of Fame, 1992
* Received the Sports Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award, 1996
* Recipient of an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Fordham University, 2000

2 - Howard Cossell
* Voice of ABC Radio and TV, 1953 - 1992
* 13 years with ABC's "Monday Night Football"
* Commentator for ABC's "Monday Night Baseball," 1977 - 1985
* Gained worldwide fame as the voice of boxing, including most of Muhammad Ali's fights
* Hosted and produced Emmy Award-winning series "ABC Sportsbeat"
* Inducted into the American Sportscasters Hall of Fame, 1993
* Deceased 1995

3 - Mel Allen
* Voice of the New York Yankees for 25 years
* Broadcast 20 World Series and 24 All-Star games
* Called 14 Rose Bowls, five Orange Bowls and two Sugar Bowls
* Narrator of MLB's syndicated weekly show "This Week in Baseball"
* First inductee along with Red Barber into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1978
* Inducted into the American Sportscasters Hall of Fame in 1984
* Deceased 1997

4 - Walter Lanier "Red" Barber
* Voice of the Brooklyn Dodgers, 1939-1953
* Broadcast first televised baseball game, Cincinnati Reds vs. Brooklyn Dodgers, 1939
* Broadcast 13 World Series and four All-Star games
* New York Yankees announcer for 12 years before retiring in 1966
* First inductee along with Mel Allen into the Baseball Hall of Fame, 1978
* Inducted into the American Sportscasters Hall of Fame, 1984
* Deceased 1992

5 - Bob Costas
* Broadcaster for NBC Sports since 1980
* Called NBC's baseball "Game of the Week," 1982-1989
* Host of "NFL on NBC," 1984 - 1992
* Prime-time host of the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona
* Host of "NBA Showtime" on NBC, 1990-1996
* Host of "Later with Bob Costas," 1988-1994
* Will host the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia for NBC

6 - Jim McKay
* First sports commentator to win an Emmy Award, 1968
* Covered 11 Olympics for ABC
* Worked on ABC's "Wide World of Sports" since its inception in 1961
* Recipient of the George Polk Memorial Award for Journalism for his coverage of the terrorists' attack of Israeli athletes during the 1972 Olympics in Munich
* Inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame, 1995
* Inducted into the American Sportscasters Hall of Fame, 1987

7 - Al Michaels
* Lead Play-by-Play announcer during ABC's coverage of Major League Baseball
* Called 7 World Series and 6 All-Star Games for ABC
* Covered 3 Olympics, including the U.S. hockey team's dramatic victory over Russia in 1980 at Lake Placid. Known for his "Do you believe in miracles?" call
* Play-by-Play announcer for ABC's "Monday Night Football since 1986
* News Emmy nominee for his coverage of the San Francisco earthquake during the 1989
World Series - second sportscaster ever to become a News Emmy Nominee * Named ASA's Sportscaster of the Year, 1996

8 - Curt Gowdy
* Play-by-Play announcer for the Boston Red Sox, 1951 - 1966
* Covered 8 Super Bowls, 16 World Series, 12 Rose Bowls and 7 Olympics
* Host of ABC's "American Sportsman" for 20 years
* First sports figure to win the coveted Peabody Award for Outstanding Journalistic Achievement
* Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, 1984
* Inducted into the American Sportscasters Hall of Fame, 1985

9 - Dick Enberg
* Covered virtually every major sports event for NBC from 1975 - 1999,
including the Super Bowl, Wimbledon, NCAA basketball championships and the Olympics * Joined CBS in January of 2000 to broadcast NFL games, tennis, golf and college basketball
* First announcer to ever do play-by-play on consecutive exclusive Super Bowl telecasts, 1993 and '94
* Winner of 10 Emmy Awards for Writing, Play-by-Play and Production
* Recipient of the Basketball Hall of Fame's Curt Gowdy Award, 1995
* Named ASA's Sportscaster of the Year 1984, '86, '87, '90 and '98

10 (tie) - Jack Buck
* St. Louis Cardinals announcer since 1954
* Commentator for the Super Bowl on CBS Radio Network - 1970, 1978 - 1995
* Anchored the CBS Radio Network broadcasts of the World Series, 1983-199
6 * Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, 1987
* Inducted into the American Sportscasters Hall of Fame, 1990
* Recipient of Sports Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award, 2000

10 (tie) - Harry Caray
* Announcer for the St. Louis Cardinals, 1944-1969
* Chicago White Sox announcer, 1971-1982
* WGN Radio and TV Voice of the Chicago Cubs, 1982 - 1998
* Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, 1989
* Inducted into the American Sportscasters Hall of Fame, 1989
* Deceased 1998

 

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