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Dan Dickerson
Born Daniel Dickerson
1958
Birmingham, Michigan
Education Ohio Wesleyan University, B.A., broadcasting
Occupation radio play-by-play baseball announcer
Spouse(s) Lori Dickerson
Children Rachel, Justin
Notable credit(s) Detroit Tigers Radio Network

Dan Dickerson (born 1958) is an American sportscaster, best known for his current position as the lead radio play-by-play voice of Major League Baseball's Detroit Tigers on The Detroit Tigers Radio Network, [1] joined by color commentator and former Tigers catcher Jim Price.

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Early life and education

Dickerson grew up in Birmingham, Michigan and attended Cranbrook School, graduating in 1976. He then attended Ohio Wesleyan University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Early career

He began his radio career at WMAX in Grand Rapids, Michigan as a news anchor and reporter. He also covered high-school football and basketball. He moved to competitor WCUZ in 1982, where he would cover sports for the next six years. Dickerson moved to Detroit in 1988 and WWJ, where he served as a general assignment news reporter and weekend news and sports anchor. He also hosted the post-game call-in show for the station's Detroit Lions broadcasts.

In 1995, Dickerson moved to crosstown competitor WJR, where he held a variety of positions. He was co-host of a weeknight sports call-in show; morning sports anchor; sideline reporter and fill-in play-by-play announcer for Michigan Wolverines football; and play-by-play announcer for Michigan basketball for two seasons. In 2000, he joined the Tigers' broadcast team as play-by-play announcer for the middle innings, while the legendary Ernie Harwell handled play-by-play for the rest of the game. Along with former Tiger catcher and analyst Jim Price, this team remained intact for three full seasons, even as the team switched radio flagship stations (from WJR to WXYT) at the end of the 2000 season.

Current roles

Dickerson took over as lead play-by-play announcer after Harwell retired at the end of the 2002 season, leaving him and Price as a two-man crew in the radio booth.

Dickerson has called several events for Fox Sports Detroit television, including high school football since 2002, a Michigan State Spartans hockey game in 2008, and a Detroit Titans basketball game in 2010.

Dickerson is a longtime member of the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association, founded in 1948 by pioneer Tigers announcer Ty Tyson. Dan was honored by the DSBA in 2009 with the Tyson Award for Excellence in Sports Broadcasting.

Running injury

Dickerson tripped on a curb while jogging outside the Detroit Tigers team hotel in Kansas City, Missouri on May 26, 2009. His fall ruptured a tendon in his leg and he was rescued by Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge, who saw Dickerson lying on the ground from outside his hotel room window. It was later announced that Dickerson would miss multiple games and will return to Michigan for surgery. Tigers manager Jim Leyland stated that he "felt terrible" about Dickerson's situation, and that he wishes him well. [2] John Keating filled in for the remainder of the Kansas City series, and Al Kaline did the Baltimore series. Dickerson returned for the Boston series in Detroit the following week.

Misc info

Dickerson holds some renown as a charter member of one of the country's oldest Rotisserie Baseball Leagues: The Duckball League of Michigan. Dickerson joined Duckball when the league was formed in 1985 and he (finally) won a championship in 2004.

Personal

Dickerson lives in Clarkston, Michigan with his wife and two children.

Play-by-play highlights

On August 5, 2006 Dickerson called Ivan Rodriguez's walkoff home run against the Cleveland Indians with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Many Detroit sports commentators declared it as Dickerson's best call as a Tigers broadcaster. It was replayed numerous times on Tigers commercials on WXYT.

"First pitch to Pudge, fly ball, deep to left, into the night... GOODBYE! Two run shot, Tigers win! Oh man! Pudge Rodriguez with two outs delivers. Into a mob scene at home. 4-3 Tigers win!"

On October 14, 2006, the Detroit Tigers became the American League champions for the first time since 1984. Here's the way Dan Dickerson described the final moments of the game to the radio audience:

"Swing and a fly ball, left field, it's deep, IT'S WAY BACK ... THE TIGERS ARE GOING TO THE WORLD SERIES!! Three-run, walkoff home run! OHHHHH MAN! Ordonez around third, he's into a mob scene at (sob) home! The Tigers have beaten the A's, 6-3, completing a four-game sweep in one of the greatest turnarounds in baseball history! The Tigers, three years after losing 119 games, are going to the World Series! Magglio Ordonez with his second home run of the game. What a sight at home plate!"[3]

On June 12, 2007, Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander threw the sixth no-hitter in Detroit Tigers history and Dickerson called the final out this way:

"The 0-2 pitch -- swing and a high fly ball to right -- Ordonez going back -- he's got room ... HE MAKES THE CATCH -- Justin Verlander has just thrown the sixth no-hitter in the 107-year history of the Detroit Tigers."[4]

References

  1. ^ Detroit Tigers Official Site - Broadcaster Biographies - Dan Dickerson
  2. ^ Dickerson returning home for surgery - Tigers broadcaster might return for next homestand
  3. ^ "How They Called It" (October 15, 2006) Detroit News.
  4. ^ "How Radio and TV called Verlander's no-hitter" (June 13, 2007) Detroit Free Press.
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