Vin Scully and 6 Announcers Who Would Be Good in Any Sport
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Announcing is one of the most important jobs in professional sports.
Whether it is on the radio or on television, a good broadcaster can make bad games sound good, good games sound great, and great games legendary.
The announcers on this list would be capable of doing that with any sport no matter their level of relative expertise. The men on this list could make even shuffleboard sound exciting.
Oh yeah, we're starting out with Dickie V baby!
Vitale has been with ESPN since its inception in 1979 and is regarded as one of the best commentators in all of basketball. In 2008, Vitale was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame for his accomplishments in the sport.
In 2007 he was diagnosed with lesions on his vocal chords due to all his years of yelling. However, he quickly recovered after surgery on his throat and is still calling NCAA Basketball games for ESPN.
Besides making one of the greatest calls of all time, Michaels has been calling Monday Night Football games for over two decades. He has also called numerous World Series games.
In 2009, Michaels and longtime partner John Madden called their final Super Bowl together. Madden retired after the 2008-2009 season.
On July 8 of this year, Michaels made his first appearance on a MLB broadcast since 2003 and his first on play-by-play since 1995, when he called a game between the San Fransisco Giants and the New York Mets with Bob Costas.
He is the only broadcaster in sports history to be the play-by-play man for the Olympics, the NBA Finals, the World Series, the Stanley Cup, and the Super Bowl.
I know I'm going to get a lot of flak for including a pro wrestling announcer on this list, but you can't deny that J.R. is a gifted announcer.
For 12 years J.R. and color commentator Jerry "The King" Lawler provided commentary every week for the WWE's flagship program, Monday Night Raw. He has called some of the WWE's most famous matches, and moments from Stone Cold Steve Austin's first WWE Championship win to the brutal Hell in a Cell match between Mick Foley and the Undertaker.
He also announced for the Atlanta Falcons briefly in the early nineties.
Ross is without a doubt the Vin Scully of pro wrestling.
You can't have a sports broadcasting list without Harry Caray on it.
Although he is best known for his run with the Chicago Cubs, Caray actually was with three other teams before he went to the North Side. He was with the St. Louis Cardinals for 25 years before working for the Oakland A's and the Chicago White Sox.
It was his stint with the Cubs that made him a baseball icon. Every seventh inning was an event, as Caray led the audience in singing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game."
Okay, I only put Tim McCarver on here because I want to hear him make some kind of gaffe on live TV.
Vin Scully is one of the most influential broadcasters in sports history.
If there were ever to be a Mt. Rushmore for broadcasters, Scully's face would be on it.
Scully has seen and called some of the most important moments in baseball, including Hank Aaron's 715 home run, the Brooklyn Dodgers winning their only World Series in 1955, Kirk Gibson's home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series and the Dodgers' four consecutive home runs to beat the San Diego Padres.