Acclaimed Play-by-Play Announcer and Multi-Award Winner is a FOX Sports Cornerstone Since Network’s Inception
NEW YORK – The man who has called more major U.S. professional sports games for television than anyone in history likely has called his last.
Dick Stockton, acclaimed FOX Sports play-by-play announcer and one of the most iconic voices in sports broadcasting history, is retiring after an illustrious 55-year TV career that encompassed at least 1,545 network television games across the big four professional sports leagues in the U.S. — NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL — more than any American sports broadcaster ever.
Stockton, whose signature voice transcended not only sports genres but generations of fans, joined FOX Sports in 1994 and has been with the network ever since, serving as play-by-play announcer for NFL, MLB and college basketball.
“After a fulfilling 55-year career, I’ve decided to step aside, enjoying the many memorable events I’ve been blessed to cover, and ready to enjoy doing more things away from the broadcast booth,” Stockton said. “My 27 years at FOX Sports have been the most rewarding, and my talented production colleagues and a loyal, supportive management have made the experience more pleasurable than I had ever hoped. I wish everyone in my field could work for FOX Sports. Working alongside former players and coaches, many of whom are still in the FOX rotation, has been a particular joy. But I feel there is a time to call it a day and allow the many younger broadcasters the chance to develop their careers, just as I had the opportunity years ago. I have nothing but indelible memories of being part of the sports landscape for over seven decades and will now sit back and watch the future of sports broadcasting unfold.”
The FOX Sports linchpin steps away from fulltime broadcasting after celebrating his 27th year of NFL on FOX in 2020, with 714 NFL games to his credit, the second-most of any. He has worked with and mentored nearly every single NFL analyst who has risen through the FOX Sports ranks.
“Dick’s contributions to FOX Sports began on day one of our existence and will be felt for years to come,” said Eric Shanks, CEO & Executive Producer, FOX Sports. “He is a cornerstone of this company whose legacy, talent and hard work helped build the NFL on FOX brand. Growing up as a sports fan, I knew his voice signified a big game, but later working with him, I realized just how big and irreplaceable that voice truly is. Dick will be greatly missed, and we at FOX Sports wish him the best in retirement.”
Stockton’s outstanding work earned multiple awards and recognition over the years, most recently with the announcement he was voted into the National Sports Media Association’s Hall of Fame as a first balloter. Stockton’s accolades also include: the 2001 Curt Gowdy Electronic Media Award from the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame; a CableAce nomination for his NBA work for TNT in 1997; and the prestigious Sonny Hirsch Excellence in Sports Broadcasting Award in 2016, named after the longtime voice of the Miami Hurricanes and honoring an outstanding sports broadcaster who has had a major impact in their field, while making notable accomplishments within the community. Additionally, Stockton was named one of the top-50 network sportscasters of all time by the American Sportscasters Association in 2009.
Considered one of the most versatile broadcasters in history, Stockton’s vast resume includes 17 years at CBS Sports and 19 years covering the NBA Playoffs for Turner Sports, in addition to a play-by-play role for TBS’ coverage of MLB postseason. Stockton also served as Turner Sports’ voice for regular season and NBA playoff games from 1995-2013. He called a total of 617 NBA games, the fourth-most for a play-by-play announcer.
Prior to joining FOX, Stockton worked for CBS Sports, calling a variety of sports including the NFL, NBA (lead play-by-play from 1982-‘90), MLB and college basketball (lead play-by-play for NCAA Regional Finals), in addition to the World Swimming and Diving Championships, championship boxing, track and field, the Pan American Games and the Olympic Games. Earlier in his career, NBC tapped him to cover NFL games and NCAA tournament basketball. Furthermore, he called play-by-play for Oakland A’s games for KRON-TV in San Francisco.
He also was assigned the Winter Olympics Men’s Skiing events in France in 1992 and the 1994 Norway Games’ speed-skating events for CBS. In the latter capacity, Stockton called the Gold Medal-winning performances by speed skaters Dan Jansen and Bonnie Blair, moments he considers among the highlights of his career.
Stockton also called six Super Bowls for the NFL Network’s international broadcast between 2002 and 2008, beginning with the Patriots’ upset of the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI alongside FOX NFL analyst Daryl “Moose” Johnston. Stockton teamed with Johnston four times, and FOX Sports lead NFL analyst Troy Aikman and Sterling Sharpe once each for the international broadcast.
As the voice of Boston Red Sox baseball from 1975 through 1978 at WSBK-TV, he called Carlton Fisk’s legendary 12th-inning, game-winning homerun in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series for NBC Sports, coining his famous call, “There it goes, a long drive, if it stays fair … homerun!,” in that game. In 1998, “TV Guide” ranked the Fisk homerun as the top moment in the history of televised sports.
His broadcasting career first took flight in 1965 in local radio and TV in his hometown of Philadelphia, after which he worked his way up to sports director at KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh. While there in the late 1960s, Stockton began working with CBS Sports for the first time before moving to a fulltime role in 1978.