Madden accrued fame as a player and head coach in the NFL, and has enjoyed success off the field as the face of a video game. But for many sports fans, he was most recognizable in the announcing booth. Madden did color commentary with Pat Summerall in the '80s and '90s on CBS and Fox, and was most recently a member of the Monday and Sunday Night Football broadcast teams.
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Schenkel called such sports as pro basketball, tennis, boxing and the Olympics over five decades. He covered New York Giants football, and for more than 30 years, he broadcast professional bowling. He also was the voice of the first NFL Films project ever produced.
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The long-time play-by-play voice of the Los Angeles Lakers, Hearn is credited with inventing key basketball phrases like "air ball," "dribble-drive" and "slam dunk." During his broadcast streak of 3,338 games that lasted from November 1965 to December 2001, Hearn was known for making up nicknames for Lakers' stars. Examples include Jerry "Mr. Clutch" West, Wilt "the Stilt" Chamberlain and "Big Game James" Worthy.
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Whitaker covered primarily golf and horse racing for CBS Sports for more than 20 years, but also was on site for the first-ever Super Bowl, major league baseball games, and selected soccer events. He moved to ABC in 1982, and worked the Olympics in 1984 and 1988. At one point in his broadcasting career, he also hosted a game show for CBS called "The Face is Familiar."
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Don Dunphy's broadcast pace was always quick, and his enthusiasm always high. He's best remembered for his boxing play-by-plays, giving blow-by-blow accounts of thousands of fights, starting in the 1940s. Dunphy is a member of both the Radio and Boxing Hall of Fames.
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A New York native, Albert was the radio and TV voice of the Knicks for 37 years, before being let go in 2004. Since, he has continued to do play-by-play on TNT for national games and on the YES Network as the voice of the Nets. Albert is versatile enough that he's called hockey and football, too, moving back and forth between radio and television. Some of Marv's good one-liners include "Oh! A facial!" and "Re-jected!"
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"Oh my!" is Enberg's signature catchphrase, and he's used it on broadcasts for baseball, college basketball, pro tennis and the NFL since the 1960s. Enberg's last college basketball game with CBS was the 2010 regional final between Kentucky and West Virginia, but he now calls the San Diego Padres for a California TV station, and will continue to call tennis and the NFL.
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After almost 30 years with ABC, Al Michaels moved to NBC in 2006 to do play-by-play for Sunday Night Football. He has broadcast the World Series, Monday Night Football, the NBA and the Olympic Games. The Brooklyn-born broadcaster was the voice of the "Miracle on Ice" run for the U.S. men's hockey team at the 1980 Winter Olympics.
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Brickhouse covered a variety of sports during his broadcast career, including college football and even pro wrestling, but most famously was a TV announcer with WGN for the White Sox and Cubs. Brickhouse was also on the call for Willie Mays' famous spectacular catch in Game 1 of the 1954 World Series at the Polo Grounds.
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After starting his broadcast career in the 1950s, Caray bounced from the Cardinals to the Athletics before landing in Chicago, where he broadcast for 11 years with the White Sox, and for 17 years with the Cubs. Caray's most famous calls ("Holy Cow!") and traditions (singing Take Me Out to the Ballgame during the seventh-inning stretch) live on in Chicago.
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Jackson's 40-year career as a sportscaster with ABC Sports came to an end in 2006. He focused primarily on college football, but also broadcast the MLB, NBA, NFL, boxing, auto racing, college basketball and the Olympics. Jackson is credited with naming Michigan's stadium "The Big House" and the Rose Bowl "the Grandaddy of them All."
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Cosell gained notoriety in broadcasting through his coverage of Muhammad Ali, and in 1970, Cosell helped launch Monday Night Football into the primetime event that it is today. He also worked the Olympics for ABC, the World Series, and announced the death of John Lennon live to millions of MNF viewers in 1980.
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Gowdy began his baseball announcing career working as Mel Allen's No. 2 man with the Yankees, before eventually moving to the Red Sox, where he broadcast Boston's games for 15 seasons. When he left the Sox in 1965, Gowdy moved to NBC Sports, calling nationally-televised MLB and NFL games, and even covered college hoops and college football.
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Costas has been an NBC regular since the early 1980s, working as a play-by-play man for the NBA and MLB, and also as an in-studio host for the NFL, NHL and the Olympics. Some of Costas' most memorable moments as a broadcaster came from the world of basketball, including Michael Jordan's last shot as a Chicago Bull -- "Jordan ... open ... Chicago with the lead!"
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Before Joe Buck was Fox's main man, his father Jack was a baseball announcer most famous for his time with the St. Louis Cardinals, starting in 1954. Buck's deep voice and distinctive descriptive style made him unique, and he is the voice of many of baseball's most famous calls. On Kirk Gibson's 1988 Game 1 World Series home run: "I don't believe what I just saw!"
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Harwell spent 55 years broadcasting baseball for the Dodgers, Giants, Orioles, Tigers and Angels. Harwell was the only announcer in history to be traded for a player when the Dodgers acquired his contract in 1948. But he is best remembered for his 42 years in Detroit, which earned him the moniker "the Voice of the Tigers." He passed away this week, at the age of 92.
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Walter "Red" Barber broadcast Major League Baseball over four decades in stints with the Cincinnati Reds, Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Yankees. Barber's slow, southern style produced catchphrases like "Can of corn" and "Rhubarb," and led to the veteran radio man to refer to players as "Big Fella" or "Mister."
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Nearly 15 years after his death, Allen is still known as "the Voice of the Yankees." In his time as New York's primary broadcaster, "How About That!" became Allen's go-to home run call. In more than 50 years on the mic, Allen also broadcast college football, pro football, bowling and a handful of non-sports programs.
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At 61 seasons, Scully has the longest tenure of any broadcaster with one professional sports team, and he's still going strong. He has been known as "the Voice of the Dodgers" since 1950, when the team was still in Brooklyn. The 82-year-old play-by-play man and his familiar voice may be nearing a final season.
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Born James Kenneth McManus, McKay was best known as the host of ABC's Wide World of Sports for more than 40 years. McKay was also the voice of 12 Olympic Games, including the tragedy-stricken Munich Olympics. His legendary voice could also be heard for the Indy 500 and the World Cup before he died in 2008 at 86.
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