Monday, February 20, 2006

That's one for AlphaBettor, One for Mr. B!

Curt Gowdy, one of the signature voices of sports for a generation and the longtime broadcaster for the Boston Red Sox, died Monday at 86.

Famed sports voice Curt Gowdy called 13 World Series in his storied career.

He died in Palm Beach after a long battle with leukemia, Red Sox spokeswoman
Pam Ganley said.

Gowdy made his broadcasting debut in 1944 and went on to call 13 World
Series and 16 All-Star games.

In 1951 Gowdy became main play-by-play voice on the Red Sox broadcast team.
He left the Red Sox in 1966 for a 10-year stint as "Game of the Week"
announcer for NBC. He was also the longtime host of the "American Sportsman"

"He's certainly the greatest play-by-play person up to this point that NBC
sports has ever had," NBC Universal Sports chairman Dick Ebersol said
Monday. "He literally carried the sports division at NBC for so many year on
his back. ... He was a remarkable talent and he was an even more remarkable
human being."


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