Bob Costas
Bob Costas
Robert Quinlan "Bob" Costas is an American sportscaster, on the air for NBC Sports television since the early 1980s. He has been prime-time host of a record 9 Olympic games. He also occasionally does play-by-play for MLB Network as well as hosting an interview show called Studio 42 with Bob Costas.
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Bob Costas Ends 24-Year Run as NBC’s Prime-Time Olympics Host
NYTimes - 18 days
Mike Tirico will move into the anchor seat at next year’s Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Mr. Costas will offer occasional commentary for the network.
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Bob Costas to end run as voice of NBC's Olympics coverage
CNN - 18 days
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Bob Costas And His Fedora Are 'Thursday Night Football's Funniest Meme
Huffington Post - 2 months
Bob Costas donned a fetching black fedora for “Thursday Night Football,” and instantly set Twitter alight. The veteran sportscaster’s choice of headwear during the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles game sparked dozens of hilarious tweets, as users likened him to fictional characters such as Judge Doom, The Undertaker and Indiana Jones. The hat even gained its very own parody Twitter account. Best gig I've had since Dick Tracy — Bob_costas_hat (@bob_costas_hat) December 23, 2016 Here are some of the best posts we’ve seen so far: Bob Costas wants to know if Annie is okay. Annie, are you okay? Are you okay Annie? — t sterling watson (@indoob) December 23, 2016 Bob Costas...FIGHT! — TrivWorks (@TrivWorks) December 23, 2016 Bob Costas' hat just got its own Martin Scorsese biopic. — Josh Macuga (@JoshMacuga) December 23, 2016 ...
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Bob Costas mocked for interview with Simone Biles and Aly Raisman
Fox News - 6 months
Bob Costas faced social media backlash after his interview Simone Biles and Aly Raisman.
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Zika, dirty water and more than 7,500 hours of Olympics TV: How NBC is preparing for the Rio games
LATimes - 7 months
Bob Costas couldn’t resist asking a key question to his NBC colleague Mary Carillo during the Television Critics Assn. summer press tour this week. Carillo, executive producer Jim Bell and Costas, an 11-time host for the Olympic Games, were addressing the safety concerns that have arisen in the...
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Bob Costas and NBC's Olympics team talk Rio's early troubles at the TCA summer press tour
LATimes - 7 months
If the Rio Olympics are in trouble, you wouldn’t immediately know it from listening to the NBC panelists discussing the Games at the Television Critics Assn. summer press tour Tuesday morning. “Abandon your expectations,” read a title card that opened a promotional video introduced by the network...
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Bob Costas returns as NBC's host of the Summer Olympics
LATimes - about 1 year
Bob Costas will return as NBC's prime-time host for the 2016 Summer Olympics, the network announced Wednesday, extending his unprecedented run as the face of the Games for American viewers. This will be Costas' 11th time in the top seat, dating back to the 1992 Barcelona Games. No other U.S. commentator...
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Bob Costas Says That Football's Biggest Problem Can't Be Fixed
Huffington Post - about 1 year
An NFL sportscaster for over three decades now, Bob Costas has covered his fair share of football controversies. But even after Deflategate, Bountygate and all the other scandals that have rocked the league over the past 30 years, Costas asserted on Saturday that the league’s central problem isn’t anything that can be changed in the locker room or by management; in fact, it’s one that really can't be changed at all. The NFL, Costas said, has “an existential problem” -- and that problem is that it promotes a sport that is inherently harmful to all that play it.  A guest on Jason Whitlock’s Fox Sports Radio show this past weekend, Costas claimed that while football is doubtless the most popular sport in America, it is also -- inarguably, scientifically -- “a fundamentally dangerous activity.” “Common sense and evidence lead me to the conclusion that football has an existential problem ... with the very nature of the game,” Costas said. “[During every NFL scandal] people in the me ...
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ArtsBeat: Bob Costas Signs With HarperCollins to Write Autobiography
NYTimes - over 1 year
The longtime sportscaster and television personality says he’s finally ready to share his story. His book is due in 2017 and will be written with Mike Lupica, a sports columnist at The Daily News.
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Michaels, Albert, Costas are 'Three Tenors' of boxing
USA Today - almost 2 years
For the first time, Bob Costas, Marv Albert and Al Michaels will work together.           
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Celebrity birthdays for the week of March 22-28
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
March 22: Composer Stephen Sondheim is 85. Actor William Shatner is 84. Actor M. Emmet Walsh is 80. Singer Jeremy Clyde of Chad and Jeremy is 74. Singer-guitarist George Benson is 72. News anchor Wolf Blitzer is 67. Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is 67. Actress Fanny Ardant is 66. Sportscaster Bob Costas is 63. Country singer James House is 60. Actress Lena Olin is 60. Singer-actress Stephanie Mills is 58. Actor Matthew Modine is 56. Actor Guillermo Diaz ("Scandal") is 40. Actress Anne Dudek ("Mad Men") is 40. Actress Kellie Williams ("Family Matters") is 39. Actress Reese Witherspoon is 39. Drummer John Otto of Limp Bizkit is 38. Rapper Mims is 34. Guitarist Lincoln Parish of Cage the Elephant is 25.
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Bob Costas To Return To Olympics Primetime After Six-Day Absence (Brian Steinberg/Variety)
Mediagazer - about 3 years
Brian Steinberg / Variety: Bob Costas To Return To Olympics Primetime After Six-Day Absence  —  NBCUniversal said Bob Costas, the sportscaster who has led the network's primetime Olympics coverage since 1998, would return to the chair for Monday night's telecast on the Peacock  —  “Our national nightmare is over,” …
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bob Costas
  • 2016
    Age 63
    He returned to host the primetime coverage for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August of that year.
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    In 2016 Costas will host Thursday Night Football on NBC/NFL Network.
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  • 2015
    Age 62
    On March 30, 2015, it was announced Costas would join forces with Marv Albert (blow-by-blow) and Al Michaels (host) on the April 11, 2015 edition of NBC's primetime PBC on NBC boxing series.
    More Details Hide Details Costas was added to serve as a special contributor for the event from Barclays Center in Brooklyn. He would narrate and write a feature on the storied history of boxing in New York City. He has also hosted NBC's coverage of the U.S. Open golf tournament. For baseball telecasts, he teamed with Sal Bando (1982), Tony Kubek (from 1983 to 1989), and Joe Morgan and Bob Uecker (from 1994 to 2000).
  • 2014
    Age 61
    During his coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Costas was criticized by some conservative members of the media, including Michelle Malkin and Glenn Beck for supposedly praising Vladimir Putin’s role in defusing tensions surrounding Syria, and Iran.
    More Details Hide Details Several media commentators, including Bill O’Reilly and Bernard Goldberg, defended Costas’ remarks as factually correct and pointed out that Costas had also voiced considerable criticism of both Russia and Putin while broadcasting from Sochi. During an interview on Fox News Goldberg said "... the idea that Costas somehow portrayed Vladimir Putin as a benign figure is ridiculous." Costas defended himself on O'Reilly's broadcast on March 3, reiterating that he criticized Putin immediately preceding, and following, the statements that were questioned. O'Reilly then aired a portion of an Olympic commentary in which Costas was pointedly critical of the Russian leader. Costas also indicated that Senator John McCain, who had been among those who had initially criticized Costas, had called Costas to apologize after hearing the full segment in context.
    An eye infection Costas had at the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics forced him, on February 11, 2014, to cede his Olympic hosting duties to Matt Lauer (four nights) and Meredith Vieira (two nights), the first time Costas has not done so at all since the 1998 Winter Olympics (in which Jim Nantz was the primetime host for CBS) and the first time Costas has not done so at all since the 1988 Summer Olympics (Bryant Gumbel was the primetime host for NBC's 1988 Summer Olympics coverage, while Costas hosted the late night portion).
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  • 2013
    Age 60
    In June 2013, Costas provided the voice of "God" in the Monty Python musical Spamalot at The Muny Repertory in St. Louis.
    More Details Hide Details Apart from his normal sportscasting duties, Costas has also presented periodic sports blooper reels, and announced dogsled and elevator races, on Late Night with David Letterman. In 1985, Costas appeared on the The War to Settle the Score, a pre-WrestleMania program that the World Wrestling Federation aired on MTV. In 1993, Costas hosted the "pregame" show for the final episode of Cheers. Costas once appeared on the television program, NewsRadio, as himself. He hosted an award show and later had some humorous encounters with the crew of WNYX. Costas also once appeared as a guest on the faux talk show cartoon Space Ghost Coast to Coast. Costas has been impersonated several times by Darrell Hammond on Saturday Night Live. Costas was "supposed" to appear in the fourth season premiere of Celebrity Deathmatch (ironically titled "Where is Bob Costas?") as a guest-commentator, but about halfway through the episode it was revealed that John Tesh had killed him before the show to take his place.
    In January 2013, Costas appeared as himself in Go On episode, "Win at All Costas" with Matthew Perry, where Ryan King auditions with him for a TV Show.
    More Details Hide Details Real footage of Costas from NBC's pregame show before Game 5 of the 1994 NBA Finals was used in the second episode of The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. In 2002, Costas was the play-by-play announcer, alongside Harold Reynolds, for Triple Play 2002 during the ballgame for PlayStation 2 and Xbox.
    Costas also delivered the eulogy for Musial after his death in early 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Costas was outspoken about his disdain for Major League Baseball instituting a playoff wild card. Costas believed it diminishes the significance and drama of winning a divisional championship. He prefers a system in which winning the wild card puts a team at some sort of disadvantage, as opposed to an equal level with teams who outplayed them over a 162-game season. Or, as explained in his book Fair Ball, have only the three division winners in each league go to the postseason, with the team with the best record receiving a bye into the League Championship Series. Once, on the air on HBO's Inside the NFL, he mentioned that the NFL regular season counted for something, but baseball's was beginning to lose significance. With the advent of the second wild card, Costas has said he feels the format has improved, since there is now a greater premium placed on finishing first. He has suggested a further tweak: Make the wild card round a best two of three, instead of a single game, with all three games, if necessary, on the homefield of the wild card of the better record.
  • 2012
    Age 59
    In 2012, he was awarded the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism.
    More Details Hide Details He is an honorary trustee of Webster University, a private college located in Webster Groves, Missouri. He is a frequent supporter of the school, to include numerous radio commercials. He is also an honorary board member of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. In 1994, Costas appeared as the play-by-play announcer for the World Series (working alongside Tim McCarver) in the movie The Scout. In 1998, he appeared as himself along with his rival/counterpart Al Michaels (who now works for NBC) from ABC in the movie BASEketball. In 2006, Costas voiced the animated character Bob Cutlass, a race announcer, in the movie Cars. He also appeared as himself in the 2001 movie Pootie Tang, where he remarks that he saw "the longest damn clip ever". Costas' voice appeared in the 2011 documentary film Legendary: When Baseball Came to the Bluegrass, which detailed the humble beginnings of the Lexington Legends, a minor league baseball team located in Lexington, Kentucky.
    Costas has won eight National Sportcaster of the Year awards from the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. He was inducted into that organization's Hall of Fame in 2012.
    More Details Hide Details He has also won four Sportscaster of the Year awards from the American Sportscasters Association and well over twenty Sports Emmy Awards for outstanding sports announcing. He is the only person in television history to have won Emmys for Sports, News (Sandusky interview), and Entertainment (Later). In 1999, he was a recipient of the Curt Gowdy Media Award from the Basketball Hall of Fame, which is awarded to members of the electronic and print media for outstanding contributions to the sport. In 1995, he received a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame. In 2000, he won a TV Guide Award for Favorite Sportscaster.
    Costas's children have also won Sports Emmys; Keith has won two as an associate producer on MLB Network's MLB Tonight and Taylor as an associate producer on NBC's coverage of the 2012 Summer Olympics.
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    During a segment on the Sunday Night Football halftime show on December 2, 2012, Costas paraphrased Fox Sports columnist Jason Whitlock in regards to Jovan Belcher's murder-suicide the day prior, stating that the United States' gun culture was causing more domestic disputes to result in death, and that it was likely Belcher and his girlfriend would not have died had he not possessed a gun.
    More Details Hide Details Critics interpreted his remarks as support for gun control, resulting in mostly negative reactions. Many (including former Republican Presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Herman Cain) felt that Costas should not have used a program typically viewed as entertainment to publicize political views on sensitive topics, Lou Dobbs criticized his remarks for supporting the abolishment of the Second Amendment by quoting a sports writer, while Andrew Levy remarked that he had been given a civics lecture by someone who had "gotten rich thanks in part to a sport that destroys men’s bodies and brains." However, liberal reporter Erik Wemple of The Washington Post praised Costas for speaking out for gun control on the broadcast, feeling that the incident's connection to the NFL provided him with an obligation to acknowledge the incident during the halftime show, stating that "the things that players do affect the public beyond whether their teams cover the point spread. And few cases better exemplify that dynamic as powerfully as the Belcher incident."
  • 2009
    Age 56
    Costas on the Radio, which ended its three-year run on May 31, 2009, aired on 200 stations nationwide each weekend and syndicated by the Clear Channel owned Premiere Radio Networks.
    More Details Hide Details During that period, Costas also served as the imaging voice of Clear Channel-owned KLOU in St. Louis, Missouri during that station's period as "My 103.3". Like Later, Costas' radio shows have focused on a wide variety of topics and have not been limited to sports discussion. Costas hosted Later with Bob Costas on NBC from 1988 until 1994. This late night show created by Dick Ebersol, coming on at 1:30 a.m. as the third program in NBC's nightly lineup after The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and Late Night with David Letterman, was something of a break from the typical TV talk show format of the era, featuring Costas and a single guest conversing for the entire half hour, without a band, opening monologue or studio audience. On several occasions, Costas held the guest over for multiple nights, and these in-depth discussions won Costas much praise for his interviewing skills. The show was taped in GE Building's studios 3B or 8H at the Rockefeller Plaza, with Costas interviewing the guest for 45 minutes to an hour before turning the material over to editors who condensed it down to 22 minutes plus commercial breaks. More popular guests were given two or three part interviews that ran consecutive nights. In August 1991, Mel Brooks became the only guest for four consecutive nights in the series' history. The program was critically acclaimed, and twice nominated for Emmy's during its -year run, with Costas as host.
    Costas left HBO to sign with MLB Network in February 2009.
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    Costas joined the network full-time on February 3, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details He hosts a regular interview show titled MLB Network Studio 42 with Bob Costas as well as special programming, and provides play-by-play for select live baseball game telecasts. Costas will be hosting Thursday Night Football on NBC and NFL Network. Costas provided significant contributions to the Ken Burns, PBS mini series Baseball as well as its follow-up The 10th Inning. He also appears in another PBS film, A Time for Champions, produced by St. Louis' Nine Network of Public Media. Costas is a devoted baseball fan. He's been suggested as a potential commissioner and wrote Fair Ball: A Fan's Case for Baseball in 2000. For his 40th birthday, then Oakland Athletics manager Tony La Russa allowed Costas to manage the club during a spring training game. The first time Costas visited baseball legend Stan Musial's St. Louis eatery, he left a $3.31 tip on a ten dollar tab in homage to Musial's lifetime batting average (.331). Costas delivered the eulogy at Mickey Mantle's funeral. In eulogizing Mantle, Costas described the baseball legend as "a fragile hero to whom we had an emotional attachment so strong and lasting that it defied logic". Costas has even carried a 1958 Mickey Mantle baseball card in his wallet.
    At the channel's launch on January 1, 2009, he hosted the premiere episode of All Time Games, a presentation of the recently discovered kinescope of Game 5 of the 1956 World Series.
    More Details Hide Details During the episode, he held a forum with Don Larsen, who pitched MLB's only postseason perfect game during that game, and Yogi Berra, who caught the game.
    In 2009, he hosted Bravo's coverage of the 2009 Kentucky Oaks.
    More Details Hide Details Costas also hosted the syndicated radio program Costas Coast to Coast from 1986 to 1996, which was revived as Costas on the Radio.
  • 2008
    Age 55
    The following summer, Costas would interview Bush during the president's appearance at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
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    Costas hosted NBC's coverage of the 2008, 2009, and the 2010 NHL Winter Classic.
    More Details Hide Details He was scheduled to host coverage of the 2011 event as well but, due to the game's postponement, Costas only hosted pre-game coverage before leaving to go to Seattle for his duties with NBC's NFL coverage the next night. He hosted the event in 2012 as well as a post-game edition of NHL Live on the NBC Sports Network. Costas has frontlined many Olympics broadcasts for NBC. They include the Olympics in Barcelona in 1992, Atlanta in 1996, Sydney in 2000, Salt Lake City in 2002, Athens in 2004, Torino in 2006, Beijing in 2008, Vancouver in 2010, London in 2012, Sochi in 2014 and Rio in 2016. He discusses his work on the Olympic telecasts extensively in a book by Andrew Billings entitled Olympic Media: Inside the Biggest Show on Television. A personal influence on Costas has been legendary ABC Sports broadcaster Jim McKay, who hosted many Olympics for ABC from the 1960s to the 1980s.
  • 2007
    Age 54
    On May 26, 2007, Costas discussed the presidency of George W. Bush on his radio show, stating he liked Bush personally, and had been optimistic about his presidency, but said the course of the Iraq war, and other mis-steps have led him to conclude Bush's presidency had "tragically failed" and considered it "overwhelmingly evident, even if you're a conservative Republican, if you're honest about it, this is a failed administration."
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  • 2006
    Age 53
    In 2006, Costas returned to studio hosting duties on The NFL on NBC (under the Football Night in America banner), which was returning after a near ten-year hiatus.
    More Details Hide Details Costas last hosted NFL telecasts for NBC in 1992 before being replaced in the studio by Jim Lampley and subsequently, Greg Gumbel. Before becoming the studio host for The NFL on NBC in 1984, Costas did play-by-play of NFL games with analyst Bob Trumpy. Costas is nicknamed "Rapping Roberto" by New York City's Daily News sports media columnist Bob Raissman. Al Michaels also called him "Rapping Roberto" during the telecast between the Indianapolis Colts and the New York Giants on September 10, 2006, in response to Costas calling him "Alfalfa".
  • 2005
    Age 52
    In June 2005, Costas was named by CNN president Jonathan Klein as a regular substitute anchor for Larry King's Larry King Live for one year.
    More Details Hide Details Costas, as well as Klein, have said Costas was not trying out for King's position on a permanent basis. Nancy Grace was also named a regular substitute host for the show. On August 18, 2005, Costas refused to host a Larry King Live broadcast where the subject was missing teenager Natalee Holloway. Costas said that because there were no new developments in the story, he felt it had no news value, and he was uncomfortable with television's drift in the direction of tabloid type stories. Beginning in October 2011, Costas was a correspondent for Rock Center with Brian Williams. He gained acclaim for his November 2011 live interview of former Pennsylvania State University assistant coach Jerry Sandusky concerning charges of sexual abuse of minors, in which Sandusky called in to deny the charges. Costas hosts a monthly talk show Costas Tonight on NBC Sports Network.
  • 2004
    Age 51
    He was selected as the Dick Schaap Award for Outstanding Journalism recipient in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details In 2006, he was also awarded an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Loyola College in Maryland.
    On March 12, 2004, Costas married his second wife, Jill Sutton.
    More Details Hide Details Costas and his wife now reside primarily in New York, but he has often said he thinks of St. Louis as his hometown.
  • 2002
    Age 49
    Costas also co-anchored (with Hannah Storm) NBC's NBA Finals coverage in 2002, which was their last to-date.
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    Costas returned to call some games of the 2002 NBA Playoffs after Albert was injured in a car accident two days before the playoffs.
    More Details Hide Details While this, in essence, ended his active role on the NBA on NBC program (by this point, Hannah Storm and briefly Ahmad Rashād had replaced Costas on studio anchoring duties), Costas would return to do play-by-play for selected playoff games.
  • 2000
    Age 47
    NBC enlisted Costas' services after they were forced to (temporarily) remove Marv Albert from their broadcasts due to lingering personal and legal problems at the time. Costas stepped aside following the 2000 NBA Finals in favor of a returning Marv Albert.
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  • 1997
    Age 44
    In 1997, Costas began a three-year stint as the lead play-by-play man for The NBA on NBC.
    More Details Hide Details Costas teamed with Isiah Thomas and Doug Collins for NBA telecasts (from 1997 to 2000).
  • 1991
    Age 38
    He also hosted the studio program Showtime and did play-by-play for the 1991 All-Star Game.
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  • 1990
    Age 37
    When NBC gained the NBA network contract from CBS in 1990, Costas hosted the telecasts and was teamed in the studio with ex-Lakers coach Pat Riley.
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  • 1989
    Age 36
    Besides calling the 1989 American League Championship Series for NBC, Costas also filled-in for a suddenly ill Vin Scully, who had come down with laryngitis, for Game 2 of the 1989 National League Championship Series.
    More Details Hide Details Game 2 of the NLCS took place on Thursday, October 5, which was an off day for the ALCS. NBC then decided to fly Costas from Toronto to Chicago to substitute for Scully on Thursday night. Afterward, Costas flew back to Toronto, where he resumed work on the ALCS the next night. Bob Costas anchored NBC's pre- and post-game shows for NFL broadcasts and the pre and post-game shows for numerous World Series and Major League Baseball All-Star Games during the 1980s (the first being for the 1982 World Series). Costas did not get a shot at doing play-by-play (as the games on NBC were previously called by Vin Scully) for an All-Star Game until 1994 and a World Series until 1995 (when NBC split the coverage with ABC under "The Baseball Network" umbrella), when NBC regained Major League Baseball rights after a four-year hiatus (when the broadcast network television contract moved over to CBS, exclusively). It was not until 1997 when Costas finally got to do play-by-play for a World Series from start to finish. Costas ended up winning a Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Personality, Play-by-Play.
  • 1988
    Age 35
    While hosting Game 4 of the 1988 World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland Athletics on NBC, Costas angered many members of the Dodgers (especially the team's manager, Tommy Lasorda) by commenting before the start of the game that the Dodgers quite possibly were about to put up the weakest-hitting lineup in World Series history.
    More Details Hide Details That comment ironically fired up the Dodgers' competitive spirit. Later (while being interviewed by NBC's Marv Albert), after the Dodgers had won Game 4 (en route to a 4–1 series victory), Lasorda sarcastically suggested the MVP of the 1988 World Series should be Bob Costas.
  • 1984
    Age 31
    One of his most memorable broadcasts occurred on June 23, 1984 (in what would go down in baseball lore as "The Sandberg Game").
    More Details Hide Details Costas, along with Tony Kubek, was calling the Saturday baseball Game of the Week from Chicago's Wrigley Field. The game between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals in particular was cited for putting Ryne Sandberg (as well as the 1984 Cubs in general, who would go on to make their first postseason appearance since 1945) "on the map". In the ninth inning, the Cubs, trailing 9–8, faced the premier relief pitcher of the time, Bruce Sutter. Sandberg, then not known for his power, slugged a home run to left field against the Cardinals' ace closer. Despite this dramatic act, the Cardinals scored two runs in the top of the tenth. Sandberg came up again in the tenth inning, facing a determined Sutter with one man on base. Sandberg then shocked the national audience by hitting a second home run, even farther into the left field bleachers, to tie the game again. The Cubs went on to win in the 11th inning. When Sandberg hit that second home run, Costas said, "Do you believe it?!" The Cardinals' Willie McGee hit for the cycle in the same game.
  • 1983
    Age 30
    Costas was married from 1983 to 2001 to Carole "Randy" Randall Krummenacher.
    More Details Hide Details They had two children, son Keith (born 1986) and daughter Taylor (born 1989). Costas once jokingly promised Minnesota Twins center fielder Kirby Puckett that, if he was batting over .350 by the time his child was born, he would name the baby Kirby. Kirby was hitting better than .350, but Bob's son initially was not given a first (or second) name of Kirby. After Puckett reminded Costas of the agreement, the birth certificate was changed to "Keith Michael Kirby Costas".
  • 1976
    Age 23
    He was also employed by CBS Sports as a regional CBS NFL and CBS NBA announcer from 1976 to 1979, after which he moved to NBC.
    More Details Hide Details When Costas was hired by NBC, Don Ohlmeyer, who at the time ran the network's sports division, told the then 28-year-old Costas that he looked like a 14-year-old. Costas would recite this anecdote during an appearance on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Ohlmeyer based his reaction on Costas' modest stature (Costas is 5'7"in height) and boyish, baby-faced appearance. For many years, Costas hosted NBC's National Football League coverage and NBA coverage. He also did play-by-play for National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball coverage. With the introduction of the NBC Sports Network, Costas also became the host of the new monthly interview program Costas Tonight.
  • 1974
    Age 21
    At age 22, he went to KMOX, calling play-by-play for the Spirits of St. Louis of the American Basketball Association in 1974.
    More Details Hide Details Later he would call Missouri Tigers basketball and co-host KMOX's Open Line call-in program. He was a prominent contributor to the ABA book Loose Balls: The Short, Wild Life of the American Basketball Association. He is extensively quoted on many topics. The book includes his reflections of ABA life during his tenure as radio voice of the Spirits of St. Louis. Costas later did play-by-play for Chicago Bulls broadcasts on WGN-TV during the 1979–1980 NBA season.
  • 1952
    Born on March 22, 1952.
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