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Curt E. Gowdy, Sr. - '42
Curt E. Gowdy graduated from the
University of Wyoming with a B.S. in statistics. While at UW, Gowdy was a
member of the Cowboy basketball and tennis teams and was a three-time letterwinner
in both sports.
But Gowdy made a name for himself in the radio business. He began as a broadcaster in Cheyenne before moving to Oklahoma City to announce University of Oklahoma football and Oklahoma State basketball games, with his distinctive style later earning him an audition with the New York Yankees.
Gowdy announced Yankees' games with Mel Allen for three years, then, in 1961, began announcing for the Boston Red Sox and the American Football League (AFL). He announced for the Red Sox until 1966 and for AFL until 1969.
From 1961-79, Gowdy was employed as a sports broadcaster for NBC-TV. He hosted the show The American Sportsman on ABC's Wide World of Sports from 1964-84. In 1979, Gowdy was the sports broadcaster for the NFL Football Sports Spectacular on CBS-TV.
During his career, Gowdy covered 16 World Series, 16 baseball All-Star games, eight Super Bowls, 12 Rose Bowls, eight Olympic Games and numerous NCAA Final Fours. A six-time Emmy Award winner, Gowdy was selected as Sportscaster of the Year by the National Association of Sportswriters and Sports Broadcasters in both 1965 and 1967, won the George Foster Peabody Award in 1970 and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 1992.
Also, Gowdy has been admitted to the Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame, the Baseball Hall of Fame, the American Sportscasters Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the UW Athletics Hall of Fame for basketball in 1998.
Photo courtesy of UW Photo Services.