Curt Gowdy Dies At 86
February 20, 2006 at 11:43 AM (PT)
Condolences to family and friends of sportscasting legend and former radio station owner CURT GOWDY, who died in PALM BEACH after a battle with leukemia at 86.
GOWDY started in radio in 1944 in CHEYENNE and later OKLAHOMA CITY before a stint with the NEW YORK YANKEES. He was the voice of the BOSTON RED SOX from 1951 through 1966, when he joined NBC as its lead baseball play-by-play man for the SATURDAY Game of the Week, World Series, and All-Star Game coverage. At the same time, he served as host of ABC's "AMERICAN SPORTSMAN." He also worked for CBS RADIO and hosted the sports TV show "THE WAY IT WAS" and contributed to HBO's "INSIDE THE NFL."
GOWDY owned WCGY/BOSTON and WCCM-A/LAWRENCE, MA as well as WEAT-A-F/WEST PALM BEACH for several years and was a PEABODY AWARD winner in 1970; a state park in WYOMING was named after him in 1971.