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Dick Stockton (born in 1942 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American sportscaster. He is currently employed by Fox Sports and Turner Sports as a football, baseball, and basketball play-by-play announcer.

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Biography

Early life and career

Stockton attended Syracuse University, where he received his degree in political science in 1964. In 1965, he began his sportscasting career at local radio and television stations in Philadelphia. He became sports director at KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh in 1967, and moved to WBZ-TV and WBZ radio in Boston in 1971. Three years later, he began calling Boston Celtics telecasts for WBZ, and the following year he became the lead announcer for Boston Red Sox games on WSBK-TV. Stockton was part of the broadcast crew for NBC Sports' coverage of the 1975 World Series, and called Carlton Fisk's famous, game-winning home run in Game 6 of that series. Stockton was also the play by play announcer for HBO's coverage of PBA Bowling. [1]

Broadcasting career

CBS Sports

Stockton started freelancing for CBS Sports in the late 1960s, while still doing local television in Pittsburgh. In 1978, he joined CBS full-time, and from then until 1994 covered a variety of sports for that network, including the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, where Stockton was the lead play-by-play man from 1981-1990, Major League Baseball, the Pan American Games, the 1992 and the 1994 Winter Olympics, where he called the Speed Skating events, including Dan Jansen's win of the 1000 meter gold medal.

Fox Sports

Stockton left CBS in 1994 for Fox Sports, which continues to employ him on NFL and Major League Baseball telecasts. From the time he was hired until 2006, he was the Fox's second-string announcer for NFL games, working alongside Matt Millen then Troy Aikman, Daryl Johnston, and Tony Siragusa. Beginning in 2007 Stockton was demoted to the third team, with analyst Brian Baldinger. Stockton worked with former UCLA head coach Terry Donahue for week 14 of 2007. Before 2007, he would work along with Troy Aikman when Joe Buck was working the World Series. Stockton was restored to his position as Buck's substitute in 2008, calling the Dallas-Arizona, San Francisco-New York Giants, and Giants-Pittsburgh games with Aikman. For Fox's MLB coverage, he has worked with Eric Karros, Joe Girardi, Mark Grace and Tim McCarver. Beginning in 2009 Stockton was demoted again in Fox's NFL pecking order, this time to the #5 team, with analyst Charles Davis. The pair called the last Bowl Championship Series game to air on Fox, the 2010 Orange Bowl.

Turner Sports

Since 1995, Stockton has called NBA telecasts for Turner's TNT channel.

Since 2007, Stockton has called postseason Major League Baseball games on TBS. That year he partnered with Ron Darling to call the National League Division Series for the network. In 2008, he called the AL Cental tiebreaker game with Darling and Harold Reynolds, followed by the NLDS with Darling and Tony Gwynn. In 2009, he teamed with Bob Brenly to call the NLDS for TBS.

Other

From 1993 to 1995, Stockton also called local TV broadcasts of the Oakland Athletics. In 2004, he began doing part-time local television work for the San Antonio Spurs. Stockton commentated on Super Bowl XLII alongside Sterling Sharpe on the international feed, provided by the NFL Network. This is the feed used by the BBC and certain other English-language broadcasters outside North America.

Personal

Stockton is married to the sportscaster and former sportswriter Lesley Visser. Stockton and Visser met during the 1975 World Series, when Stockton was broadcasting for NBC and Visser was covering the series for the Boston Globe.

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