Sportscaster Dick Stockton, who called more than 1,500 games cross the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL, as well as collegiate sports and 2 Olympic games, is retiring after more than 55 years behind the microphone.
Fox Sports, which has employed Stockton since the division launched in 1994, announced his retirement Thursday.
Stockton spent 27 years at Fox Sports, calling MLB, NFL, NHL and college basketball games, 19 years at Turner sports, calling NBA, MLB and college basketball games, and 17 years at CBS Sports, covering the NFL, NBA, MLB, college basketball, boxing, the Pan American Games and Two Olympic games in 1992 and 1994. He also called NFL games for NBC, and six Super Bowls for the NFL Network’s international broadcasts of the big game.
Stockton was the play-by-play voice for both the Oakland Athletics and Boston Red Sox, calling one of the most famous moments in Red Sox history when Carlton Fisk hit a game-winning 12th inning home run in game 6 of the 1978 World Series. The moment saw Fisk waving his arms to wish the ball fair, and Stockton calling “there it goes, a long drive, if it stays fair… homerun!” The highlight was named the top moment in televised sports history by TV Guide in 1998.
“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 in a statement. “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.”
Ultimately, Stockton called some 714 NFL games, the second most in history, and some 617 NBA games, the fourth most of any broadcaster.