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Dick Stockton (born in 1942 in Philadelphiamarker, Pennsylvaniamarker) is an Americanmarker sportscaster. He is currently employed by FOX Sports and Turner Sports as a football, baseball, and basketball play-by-play man.

Biography

Early life and career

Stockton attended Syracuse Universitymarker, where he received his degree in political science in 1964. In 1965, he began his sportscasting career at local radio and television stations in Philadelphia; he became sports director at KDKA-TVmarker in Pittsburgh in 1967, and moved to WBZ-TVmarker and WBZmarker radio in Boston in 1971. In 1974, he began calling Boston Celtics telecasts for WBZ, and the following year he became the lead announcer for the Boston Red Sox' games on WSBK-TVmarker. Stockton was part of the broadcast crew for NBC Sports' coverage of the 1975 World Series and called Carlton Fisk's famous, game-winning home run in Game 6 of that series; "there it goes a long drive, If it stays fair ... Home run!" In the Fox broadcast of the Red Sox game of May 9, 2009, Fisk visited the TV booth and that clip was replayed. Stockton teased Fisk about having made him famous with that call, and then said it was the other way around. Stockton was also the play by play announcer for HBO's coverage of PBA Bowling.

Broadcasting career

CBS Sports

Stockton started freelancing for CBS Sports in the late 1960s, while still doing local television in Pittsburgh. In 1978, Stockton joined CBS full-time, and from then until 1994 covered a variety of sports for that network including the National Football League, the National Basketball Association (where Stockton was the lead play-by-play man from 1981-1990), Major League Baseball, the Pan American Games, the 1992 and the 1994 Winter Olympics (He called the Speed Skating events, including the triumphant win of Dan Jansen's 1000 meter gold medal).

FOX Sports

Stockton left CBS in 1994 for Fox Sports, which continues to employ him on NFL and Major League Baseball telecasts. From the time he was hired until 2006, he was the #2 NFL voice for Fox working alongside Matt Millen then Troy Aikman, Daryl Johnston, and Tony Siragusa. Beginning in 2007 Stockton was demoted to the third team, with analyst Brian Baldinger. Stockton worked with former UCLA head coach Terry Donahue for week 14 of 2007. Before 2007, he would work along with Troy Aikman when Joe Buck was working the World Series (Kenny Albert, who is now Fox's #2 NFL voice, replaced him in that role). Stockton was restored to the position as Buck's substitute in 2008, calling the Dallas-Arizona, San Francisco-New York Giants, and Giants-Pittsburgh games with Aikman. For Fox's MLB coverage, he has worked with Eric Karros, Joe Girardi, Mark Grace and Tim McCarver. Beginning in 2009 Stockton was demoted again in Fox's NFL pecking order, this time to the #5 team, with analyst Charles Davis. He replaces Matt Vasgersian.

Turner Sports

Since 1995, Stockton has called NBA telecasts for Turner's TNT channel.

Since , Stockton has called postseason Major League Baseball games on TBS. That year he partnered with Ron Darling to call the National League Division Series for the network. In , he called the AL Cental tiebreaker game with Darling and Harold Reynolds, followed by the NLDS with Darling and Tony Gwynn. In , he teamed with Bob Brenly to call the NLDS for TBS.

Other

From to , he also called local TV broadcasts of the Oakland Athletics.

In 2004 began doing part-time local television work for the San Antonio Spurs.

Stockton commentated on Super Bowl XLII alongside Sterling Sharpe on the international feed, provided by the NFL Network. This is the feed used by the BBC and certain other English-language broadcasters outside North America.

Personal

Stockton is married to the sportscaster and former sportswriter Lesley Visser. Stockton and Visser met during the 1975 World Series, when Stockton was broadcasting for NBC and Visser was covering the series for the Boston Globe.

Career timeline



References

  1. YouTube - 1974 PBA New Jersey Open Introduction



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