Sunday, July 20, 2008

Top Sports Announcers

The voices of sports announcers and the richness they bring to live events colour the memories of spectators around the world.

For the record, here are my favourites...

Great Voices: Some voices are so distinctive that they can at times overshadow the play on the field. These are the most unique voices in the world of sport:

Auto racing: Jackie Stewart
Baseball: Vin Skully; Curt Gowdy
Basketball: Marv Albert
Boxing: Howard Cosell
Football: Keith Jackson
Golf: Peter Alliss
Hockey: Dick Irvin Jr.
Tennis: Dick Enberg

Most Information Savvy: When it comes to knowing the sport, and the athletes that play the games, these are the masters...

Auto racing: Jim McKay
Baseball: Joe Buck; Bob Costas
Basketball: Jim Nance
Boxing: Jim Lampley
Football: Phil Simms
Golf: Nick Faldo
Hockey: Ron MacLean
Tennis: John McEnroe

Creative Commentary: Regardless of whether or not you agree with them, these folks know how to say things that capture your attention!

Auto racing: Darrell Waltrip
Baseball: Ernie Harwell; Harry Caray
Basketball: Dick Vitale
Boxing: George Foreman
Football: John Madden
Golf: David Feherty
Hockey: Don Cherry
Tennis: Bud Collins

Care to nominate other voices?

Photo Credit: Tina


mcluhansghost said...

Terrific selection of sports voices Rodd.

I would add the late, great, verbally resplendent wordsmith, Danny Gallivan to the hockey category.


Rodd Lucier said...

Touche Mike!

Anonymous said...


I'm so glad you mentioned Darrell Waltrip. It just doesn't feel like NASCAR without his "Boogity, Boogity, Boogity! Let's Go Racing Boys!!"