1990 – Jack Buck
Born John Francis Buck in Holyoke, Massachusetts, on August 21, 1924, sportscasting legend Jack Buck broadcast St. Louis Cardinals games for more than 45 years. Buck began his sportscasting career, in 1948, while attending Ohio State University. Then after graduating, he worked as a radio broadcaster for minor league teams, before being hired by KMOX/St. Louis, in 1954. At KMOX he announced Cardinals games until 2001, and worked as Sports Director. In addition to calling Cardinals games, Buck broadcast baseball for CBS Radio and television covering two All-Star games, three National League Championship Series, and eight World Series. In addition to his work as a baseball announcer, Buck is also considered a pioneer football announcer. He was part of the broadcast team for the first televised football game in 1960, and was the voice of CBS radio Monday Night Football from 1978-1996. He also broadcast 17 Super Bowls during his career. For his outstanding work Buck received many awards, including the Ford C. Frick Award from the Baseball Hall of Fame, in 1987, and the Pete Rozelle Award from the Pro Football Hall of Fame, in 1996. He was also named Missouri Sportscaster of the Year 22 times and received a lifetime achievement Emmy in 2000. Buck was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame on April 30, 1990. He died on June 18, 2002.