"Football, basketball, baseball, the Olympics, 'American Sportsman', the fishing and hunting show. I was always proud that I wasn't just a baseball announcer, that I could go in and do just about anything."
About This Interview
Curt Gowdy (1919-2006) was interviewed for three hours in Boston, MA. Gowdy reflected on his early experiences as a sportscaster on Oklahoma City radio, detailing the then-common practice of recreating away games with sound effects to mimic stadium noises. He discussed working alongside famed Yankee broadcaster Mel Allen and becoming the official "Voice of the Red Sox," staying with the Boston team for fifteen years. He reminisced fondly about the many legendary players he covered during those years, including Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams, and described the close friendships he developed with both. Gowdy also discussed his tenure at ABC, working under the now-legendary Roone Arledge in what was then the fledgling sports department. He spoke of his experiences covering Super Bowls, Olympics, Rose Bowls and World Series, and recounted working on two of his favorite shows, American Sportsman and The Way it Was. He also outlined broadcasting the Goodwill Games, producing and hosting the special America the Beautiful, and lending his sports expertise to cable shows such as ESPN's 20th Century Sports and HBO's Play-by-Play: A History of Sports and Inside the NFL. Marvin Wolf conducted the interview on May 19, 2000.