December 22-- Pat Summerall has been selected by the membership of the
American Sportscasters Association (ASA) as the 1999 Hall of Fame inductee,
it was announced today by Louis O. Schwartz, President of the ASA.
"The ASA is delighted
to honor Pat Summerall, a man whose character and integrity as a sports
announcer for more than 40 years has been an inspiration for all aspiring
sportscasters," stated Dick Enberg, Chairman of the ASA. "His play-by-play
coverage along with John Madden epitomizes the highest level of talent
in our profession."
Pat Summerall started
his network coverage of the National Football League in 1962. His partnership
with analyst John Madden began in 1981 and this season marks the pair's
milestone 20th year together.
as an announcer began with CBS in 1961. In addition to football, he had
been that network's signature voice for its golf coverage, including the
Masters since 1968 and for the U.S. Open Tennis Championships since 1971.
The 1994 Masters was Summerall's final event for CBS before moving to
In addition to his
television duties, Summerall was Sports Director of WCBS Radio in New
York City from 1964 to 1971. At the same time, he also served as host
of the station's four-hour, six-days-a-week morning news program and worked
for the CBS Radio Network. He signed a CBS Television Network contract
Summerall was named
ASA Sportscaster of the Year in 1994. That same year, he received the
Pro Football Hall of Fame's Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award. He was
also given the JAKS Award as Tennis Broadcaster of the Year from the Association
of Tennis Professionals in 1983.
ASA Hall of Famers
are: Mel Allen, Red Barber, Jack Brickhouse, Jack Buck, Harry Caray, Howard
Cosell, Don Dunphy, Marty Glickman, Curt Gowdy, Ernie Harwell, Chick Hearn,
Ted Husing, Keith Jackson, Clem McCarthy, Jim McKay, Graham McNamee, Lindsey
Nelson, Chris Schenkel, Ray Scott, Vin Scully, Bill Stern and Jack Whitaker.
The ASA Hall of Fame
is located in the National Sports Gallery at the MCI Center in Washington,