Dick Stockton at the international press conference at the Super Bowl XL Media Center in the General Motors Building in Detroit, Michigan on February 3, 2006. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt / Getty Images)
Record-breaking play-by-play spokesperson Dick Stockton is retiring after 55 years.
He announced this Thursday in a press release from FOX Sports, which he has worked on for the past 27 years.
“I made up my mind to step aside, enjoy the many memorable events I had the privilege of reporting, and be ready to do more things off the air,” said Stockton, 78. “My 27 years at FOX Sports have been the most rewarding … but I think there is a time to call it a day and give the many younger channels the opportunity to develop their careers, just like I did years ago. I have only indelible memories of being part of the sports landscape for over seven decades, and now I will sit back and watch the future of sports broadcasting. “
Stockton has viewed at least 1,545 games on network television in the four US sports leagues, which FOX said in a press release are the most of any broadcaster.
He also worked college basketball for FOX and other networks.
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“Dick’s contributions to FOX Sports began on day one of our existence and will be felt for years to come,” said Eric Shanks, CEO and Executive Producer of the network. “He is a cornerstone of this company whose legacy, talent and hard work have built the NFL on the FOX brand. Growing up as a sports fan, I knew his voice was a big game, but when I worked with him later, I realized how big and irreplaceable that voice really is. Dick is missed very much and we at FOX Sports wish him all the best in his retirement. “
Stockton, whose career began on local radio and television in his hometown of Philadelphia in 1965, is a member of the Hall of Fame for the National Sports Media Association.
He spent 17 years at CBS Sports and nearly two decades at Turner Sports, announcing NBA and MLB games. He’s named everything from the Olympics to boxing and was also the play-by-play announcer for the Oakland Athletics and Boston Red Sox.
He was on the call from six Super Bowls for the NFL Network’s international broadcast.
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