One of the most recognizable voices in sports television, Dick Stockton will return for a second straight season as play-by-play announcer for telecasts of Ravens' pre-season football in August, 2001. Stockon will also begin his seventh season next fall providing play-by-play for the NFL on FOX. The 2001 season will mark Stockton's 35th year as a professional broadcaster overall. He also teams with analyst Hubie Brown to form TNT's lead NBA broadcast team.
Stockton's vast experience includes 17 years at CBS Sports (1978-94). At CBS, he worked on NCAA regular-season and tournament basketball, and speed skating at the Lillehammer Olympic Winter Games. In Lillehammer, Stockton called the gold medal-winning performances by Americans Dan Jansen and Bonnie Blair, moments that he considers to be among the highlights of his career.
Stockton arrived at CBS Sports full-time in 1978 to work NFL games and hosted CBS Sports Spectacular until 1980. In addition to his NFL work, he was the lead announcer for the NBA on CBS from 1982-90. He also called play-by-play for CBS Sports' coverage of Major League Baseball from 1990 to 1992, including three American League Championship Series. Stockton called play-by-play of Oakland Athletics baseball games for KRON-TV in San Francisco from 1993 to 1995. He began his broadcasting career in 1965 at KYW Radio and KYW-TV in Philadelphia. He became sports director of KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh in 1967 and held the same post at WBZ-TV in Boston in 1971.
He was the voice of Red Sox baseball from 1975 to 1978 at WSBK-TV in Boston, and as the hometown announcer, he called Carlton Fisk's dramatic 12th-inning home run in the sixth game of the 1975 World Series for NBC Sports. The Peacock network also employed him from 1976 to 1977 to cover NFL games and NCAA basketball.
Stockton graduated from Syracuse University in 1964 with a degree in political science. Born in Philadelphia, Stockton is married to ESPN/ABC Sports reporter and former Boston Globe writer Lesley Visser. The couple resides in Boca Raton, Fla.