Alan Richard Michaels (born November 12, 1944) is an American television sportscaster
Now employed by NBC Sports
after nearly three decades (1976–2006) with ABC Sports
, Michaels is known for his many years calling play-by-play
of National Football League
games, including ''ABC Monday Night Football
'' from 1986 to 2006 and ''NBC Sunday Night Football
'' since 2006. He is also known for famous calls in other sports, including the Miracle on Ice
at the 1980 Winter Olympics
and the earthquake-interrupted
Game 3 of the 1989 World Series
. Michaels' move from ABC to NBC in 2006 was notable as it was part of an agreement between the two networks' parent companies, The Walt Disney Company
, respectively, that allowed Disney to take ownership of the intellectual property of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit
Early life and education
Michaels was born to a Jewis
family in Brooklyn
, New York, to Jay Leonard Michaels and Lila Roginsky/Ross. He grew up as a Brooklyn Dodgers
fan. In 1958, Michaels' family moved to Los Angeles, the same year the Dodgers left Brooklyn.
Michaels attended Arizona State University
, where he majored in radio and television and minored in journalism. He worked as a sports writer for ASU's independent student newspaper, ''The State Press
'', and called Sun Devils
football, basketball, and baseball games for the campus radio station. He also is a member of Sigma Nu
Michaels's first job in television was with Chuck Barris Productions
, choosing women to appear on ''The Dating Game
''. His first sportscasting job came in 1967, when he was hired to do public relations for the Los Angeles Lakers
and serve as a color commentator
on the team's radio broadcasts alongside veteran play-by-play announcer Chick Hearn
. However, he was terminated after appearing on just four games.
He resumed his broadcasting career in 1968 after moving to Honolulu
, where he worked as a sports anchor for KHVH-TV (now KITV
) and called play-by-play for the Hawaii Islanders
baseball team in the Pacific Coast League
as well as the University of Hawaii
's football and basketball teams and local high school football games. He was named Hawaii's ‘Sportscaster of the Year’ in 1969. In 1970, Michaels appeared as attorney Dave Bronstein in an episode of ''Hawaii Five-O
'' called "Run, Johnny, Run" (Air date: January 14, 1970); the episode also featured a young Christopher Walken
, Michaels moved to Cincinnati
, where he became the play-by-play announcer for the Cincinnati Reds
of Major League Baseball
. In 1972
, after the Reds won the National League Championship Series
and advanced to the World Series
, he helped to cover the Fall Classic for NBC Sports
. He also was the network's play-by-play man for the hockey coverage
at the 1972 Winter Olympics
in Sapporo, Japan
, after NBC announcer Bill Enis
died from a heart attack at the age of 39 two days before he was to call the regular-season NFL finale between the Houston Oilers
and Cincinnati Bengals
, he was brought in to replace Enis in the booth with Dave Kocourek
, he left the Reds for a similar position with the San Francisco Giants
and also covered basketball for UCLA
, replacing Dick Enberg
on the Bruins' tape-delayed telecasts of their home games, during a period when UCLA was in the midst of an 88-game winning streak. He left NBC that year and announced regional NFL games for CBS Sports
. He called the no-hitter by the Giants' John Montefusco
on September 29, 1976 at Atlanta. He signed with ABC Sports
in January 1977.
ABC Sports (1977–2006)
Michaels initially joined ABC as the back-up announcer on ''Monday Night Baseball
'' in 1976. The following year, he was promoted to the network on a full-time basis.
He became the lead baseball announcer, replacing Keith Jackson
in 1983. Over the next three decades, Michaels covered a wide variety of sports for ABC, including Major League Baseball
, college football
, college basketball
, ice hockey
, track and field events, horse racing
(such as the 1985 Marvin Hagler/Thomas Hearns fight
), figure skating
, road cycling
, and many events of the Olympic Games
as well as the Olympic trials.
Episodes of ''Wide World of Sports
'' featuring Michaels early in his ABC career have been featured at least two occasions on the ESPN Classic
comedy series ''Cheap Seats
While at ABC, he aired many prominent events including serving as the studio host for the Stanley Cup Finals
from –. Also, he served as host for the yearly Tiger Woods Monday night specials
that aired in July or August.
The Miracle on Ice
Two of Michaels's more famous broadcasts were of the 1980 Winter Olympics
ice hockey medal round match between the United States and the Soviet Union
, and the attempted third game of the 1989 World Series
In 1980, an unheralded group of college ice hockey players from the United States won the Gold Medal at the Olympic Winter Games
. The medal round match on February 22—which, contrary to popular belief, did not yet assure the team of the gold medal—was of particular interest, as it was played against a heavily favored professional squad from the Soviet Union, and was in front of an incredibly excited pro-American crowd in Lake Placid, New York
. Michaels's memorable broadcast of this game, including his interjection—''"Do you believe in miracles? YES!"''—as time expired on the 4–3 U.S. victory, earned the game the media nickname of ''The Miracle on Ice
Most assume that the game was broadcast live (indeed, CTV
, which held Canadian rights to the game, aired it live); but in reality, the game started at 5:05 pm Eastern Standard Time
and ABC decided against pre-empting local and network news (on the East Coast) to carry the game live. Instead, most of it—including the entire third period—was broadcast within the regularly scheduled, prime-time telecast from 8:30 to 11 pm Eastern time (and on a six-and-a-half-hour delay on the West Coast from 8:30 to 11 pm Pacific Standard Time
). Despite being on tape, the game was one of the highest-rated programs of the 1979–80 television season and remains the most-watched ice hockey game in the history of American television.
Michaels, along with broadcasting partner Ken Dryden
, recreated their Olympic commentary in the 2004 movie ''Miracle
''. Although Michaels and Dryden recreated the bulk of their commentary for the film, the closing seconds of the game against the Soviet Union used the original ABC Sports commentary from 1980. Gavin O'Connor
, the director of ''Miracle'', decided to use the last 10 seconds of Michaels's original ''"Do you believe in miracles? YES!"'' call in the film because he felt he couldn't ask him to recreate the emotion he experienced at that moment. Thus they cleaned up the recording to make the transition to the authentic call as seamless as possible.
Michaels later recalled, "When I look back, obviously Lake Placid would be the highlight of my career. I can't think of anything that would ever top it. I can't dream up a scenario."
Michaels was only on this particular assignment because he had done one hockey game, eight years prior. The game in question was the gold medal game (the Soviet Union
) of the 1972 Winter Olympics
) in Sapporo
, Japan. Other announcers on the ABC Sports roster such as Keith Jackson
, Frank Gifford
, and Howard Cosell
had never done a hockey game before. Michaels recalled this during a ''Real Sports
'' interview in January 2009. Michaels also apparently beat out WABC-AM
and New York Islanders
commentator George Michael
for the assignment.
Two days later, Michaels would broadcast the gold medal game, in which the U.S. defeated Finland, closing the game out by declaring "This impossible dream comes true!"
Michaels along with John Davidson (hockey player)|John Davidson would later call Games 1 and 4 of the Calgary–Los Angeles Stanley Cup playoff series in 1993 for ABC.
Memorable baseball moments
1972 National League Championship Series
Even though the events of October 17, 1989, in San Francisco are widely considered to be the most dramatic baseball-related moment of Michaels's career, he had several others that were memorable.
In the 1972 National League Championship Series, the defending World Series Champion Pittsburgh Pirates faced the Cincinnati Reds. In Game 5, with both teams tied at two games apiece, the Pirates led 3–2 in the bottom of the ninth inning and were three outs away from advancing to the World Series. But Pirates closer Dave Giusti unraveled. He surrendered a game-tying home run to Johnny Bench before allowing back-to-back singles to Tony Pérez and Denis Menke before being relieved by Bob Moose, who almost worked out of the jam by recording two outs. But with pinch-hitter Hal McRae at the plate, Moose lost his footing and uncorked a wild pitch sending George Foster, who was pinch running for Pérez, home with the pennant-clinching run and setting off a massive celebration at Riverfront Stadium.
1985 World Series
Perhaps Michaels's first historic call with ABC Sports while covering Major League Baseball occurred in what is now known by many as the Don Denkinger game. The Kansas City Royals trailed the St. Louis Cardinals 3–1 in a series that was panned for being low-scoring and dull. After a Royals win in St. Louis forced the action back to Kansas City, the sixth game was also low scoring. However, this contest grew into a tense pitcher's duel.
In the bottom of the 9th, pinch-hitter Jorge Orta led off for the Royals against Cardinals pitcher Todd Worrell with Kansas City trailing 1–0 and hit a ground ball to first baseman Jack Clark. Clark threw over to pitcher Worrell, who was running over to cover first base in time to beat the speedy Orta and did. Yet first base umpire Don Denkinger still called Orta safe at first. Steve Balboni then hit a pop-up to first which Jack Clark missed for an error, keeping Balboni's at-bat alive, and he promptly singled to put men on first and second.
The infamous and controversial leadoff single by Orta and the Jack Clark error eventually led to the Royals loading the bases and putting the tying run on third base and the winning run on second with one out for Dane Iorg. Iorg hit a 2-run single and the Royals came back to win 2–1. The Royals went on to win Game 7 11–0 and complete the comeback after being down 3 games to 1. However, it was Denkinger's dubious 'safe' call, and not Iorg's hit, Clark's error, Jim Sundberg's heroics (for his difficult slide past catcher Darrell Porter for the winning run) or the Game 7 blowout that were most remembered in years to come.
1986 American League Championship Series
In 1986, Michaels was also on hand for what he says was ''"the greatest of all the thousands of games I've done."'' On October 12 at Anaheim Stadium, Michaels along with Jim Palmer called Game 5 of the American League Championship Series. The California Angels held a 3 games to 1 lead of a best-of-seven against the Boston Red Sox. In the game, the Angels held a 5–2 lead going into the ninth inning. Boston scored two runs on a home run by Don Baylor, closing the gap to 5–4.
When Donnie Moore came in to shut down the rally, there were two outs, and a runner on first base, Rich Gedman, who had been hit by a pitch. The Angels were one out from their first-ever trip to the World Series. But Dave Henderson hit a 2–2 pitch off Moore for a home run, giving the Red Sox a 6–5 lead. The Angels were able to score a run in the bottom of the ninth, pushing the game into extra innings. Moore continued to pitch for the Angels. He was able to stifle a 10th inning Red Sox rally by getting Jim Rice to ground into a double play. Nevertheless, the Red Sox were able to score off Moore in the 11th-inning via a sacrifice fly by Henderson. The Angels could not score in the bottom of the 11th and lost the game 7–6.
The defeat still left the Angels in a 3 games to 2 advantage, with two more games to play at Fenway Park. The Angels were not able to recover, losing both games by wide margins, 10–4 and 8–1. Game 7 of the 1986 ALCS ended with Calvin Schiraldi striking out Jerry Narron.
Despite the fact that ABC Sports and ESPN had been under the same corporate umbrella (the Walt Disney Company) since 1996, Michaels never served as a regular commentator for ''ESPN Major League Baseball''. The only time that Michaels appeared in an ESPN booth of any kind was as a guest commentator on ''Wednesday Night Baseball'' in 2003 as part of ESPN's ''Living Legends Series''. Michaels joined Gary Thorne and Joe Morgan, whom he worked with on ABC's 1989 World Series coverage and served as ABC's #2 baseball team behind Michaels, Jim Palmer and Tim McCarver in 1989, for a game at Dodger Stadium between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds.
1989 World Series
On October 17, 1989, Michaels was in San Francisco, preparing to cover the third game of the 1989 World Series between the home team, the Giants, and the visiting Oakland Athletics. ABC's network telecast began with a recap of the first two games (to the soundtrack of James Taylor's "Hello Old Friend"), both won by Oakland. Soon after Michaels handed off to his broadcast partner, Tim McCarver, who started assessing the Giants' chances for victory in the game, the Loma Prieta earthquake struck (at approximately 5:04 pm local time). Michaels exclaimed "I'll tell you what, we're having an earth—" as the network feed cut out.
["Earthquake"] When ABC restored audio via telephone 15 seconds later, Michaels quipped, "Well folks, that's the greatest open in the history of television, bar none!"
''Time''. Monday, October 30, 1989. Ed Magnuson. p. 2. Retrieved September 5, 2009.
Michaels then reported from the ABC Sports production truck outside Candlestick Park on the earthquake, for which he later was nominated for an Emmy Award for news broadcasting. Michaels relayed his reports to Ted Koppel, who was stationed at the ABC News bureau in Washington, D.C.
According to Tim McCarver, when the earthquake hit, he, Michaels and Jim Palmer immediately grabbed ahold of what they perceived to be the armrests. In reality, the announcers were clutching on each other's thighs and they were each left with bruises the next day. Years later (on a 1999 ''SportsCenter'' retrospective about the 1989 World Series earthquake), Al Michaels would boldly admit his strong belief that had the earthquake lasted much longer than 15 seconds, he would have been killed. Michaels added that the only time that he really had been scared during the earthquake was when he moved in a position which he perceived to be backward. The three announcers were sitting on a ledge with their backs turned and no bracing behind them.
There was later speculation that if Michaels won an arbitration case involving ABC, he would join CBS as its lead baseball announcer. ABC following the 1989 World Series, had lost its baseball package to CBS for the next four years. Michaels had been feuding with the network over an alleged violation of company policy. Michaels' contract with ABC was originally set to expire in late 1992. Ultimately however, ABC announced a contract extension that sources said would keep Michaels at ABC through at least the end of 1995 and would pay him at least $2.2 million annually with the potential to earn more. That would make Michaels the highest-paid sports announcer in television.
''Time''. Monday, October 30, 1989. Ed Magnuson. p. 3. Retrieved September 5, 2009.
''Monday Night Football''
Michaels's longest-running assignment was that of the lead play-by-play announcer on ABC's ''Monday Night Football'' telecasts, a position he held for 20 seasons beginning in 1986. Before that, his most notable NFL assignment for ABC was hosting (along with Jim Lampley) the pre-game coverage of Super Bowl XIX. In 1988, he called his first Super Bowl. Three years later, he was on hand to call the thrilling Super Bowl between the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills. Bills kicker Scott Norwood missed a potentially game-winning field goal, and thus, ensured the Giants victory.
The trio of Michaels, Dan Dierdorf (who joined ''MNF'' the year after Michaels's first), and Frank Gifford lasted until the 1997 season when Gifford was replaced following disclosure of an extramarital affair. During the 1980s, Gifford would fill-in for Michaels on play-by-play whenever he went on baseball assignments for the League Championship Series (1986 and 1988) or World Series (1987 and 1989).
Former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason (who left after the 1999 season) replaced Gifford in 1998, and Dierdorf was dropped after that season. Unexpectedly, comedian Dennis Miller joined the cast in 2000 along with Dan Fouts. In 2002, following Miller and Fouts' departure, John Madden joined him in a well-received pairing.
''NBA on ABC''
After disastrous ratings in the 2003 NBA Finals, ABC decided to revamp their lead NBA broadcast team. Brad Nessler was reassigned to the second broadcast team, where he was joined by Sean Elliott and Dan Majerle. Michaels was hired to replace Nessler as lead broadcaster of the NBA.
For the first several weeks of the 2003–2004 season, he had no partner. However, Doc Rivers, a critically acclaimed analyst when he worked with Turner Sports, became available after a 1–19 start by his Orlando Magic. Rivers was hired weeks before ABC's Christmas Day season opener. He and Michaels worked that game together, one of only six they did together during the regular season (all other games Rivers worked were with Brad Nessler). During the playoffs, the team worked every single telecast, including the 2004 NBA Finals, which saw great improvement in television ratings. During the 2004 NBA Playoffs, Doc Rivers was hired by the Boston Celtics. Though Rivers continued to work games with him throughout the rest of the playoffs, ABC would have to find a new lead color commentator for the 2004–2005 season.
Early in the 2004–2005 season, ABC found a new partner for Al Michaels. Memphis Grizzlies coach Hubie Brown, a broadcasting legend with CBS, TBS, and TNT, was forced into retirement due to health reasons and was soon after hired to replace Doc Rivers. He and Brown began their partnership on Christmas Day 2004, working the highly anticipated Shaquille O'Neal-Kobe Bryant game. After that game, the two did not do a game together again until March 2005. He became sporadic in NBA coverage, doing two games in early March, and then three more games in April. Brown worked every week of ABC's coverage, broadcasting some games with veteran broadcaster Mike Breen. For the 2005–2006 season, the pair were slated to remain as ABC's lead broadcast team. The duo worked that year's Christmas Day game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat and was expected to work the NBA Finals together as well. However, due to his impending departure to NBC, that plan did not come to fruition.
Replacing him on ''The NBA on ABC'' was Mike Breen, who became the lead broadcaster for an over-the-air NBA package for the first time in his career. Breen worked the 2006 NBA Finals with Hubie Brown, as well as all the main games ABC broadcast that year. This gave ABC its first consistent lead broadcaster since Brad Nessler, as Breen (unlike Michaels) did games every week. To put things into proper perspective, during his two-season tenure as ABC's lead NBA broadcaster, he called just 13 of a possible 26 regular season games, with all but two games taking place from either Los Angeles (where he resides) or Sacramento.
Besides his inconsistent work, Michaels (despite being initially seen as adding credibility to ABC's NBA broadcasts in contrast to his predecessor, Brad Nessler) was criticized for apparently lacking the kind of enthusiasm and confidence (for instance, Michaels initially reacted to Amar'e Stoudemire's block of Tim Duncan's shot during the 2005 playoffs by calling it a "great, great contested shot") expected of a No. 1 play-by-play voice. Barry Horn of the ''Dallas Morning News'' said that Michaels was simply "not a basketball guy". Meanwhile, Bill Simmons said during the 2005 Finals that Michaels "shows up for these games, does his job, then drives home thinking, 'Only five weeks to the FLHall of Fame Game, I'm almost there!'"
Another criticism that he received was that he too often found himself making tediously long-winded explanations. In return, he would tend to talk over two or three possessions in a row (which Michaels seemed to be better suited for football and baseball broadcasts, for which he's better known). The end result was that he would hardly have time to comment on the action viewers were seeing because he was so hung up on a prior subplot or storyline that he felt the audience just had to know about.
Leaving ABC for NBC
In 2003, he was quoted as saying, "ABC Sports has been my professional home for the last 26 years, and I am delighted that will continue to be for several more..." after signing a long-term contract extension.
In 2005, it was announced that ''Monday Night Football'' would be moving from ABC to ESPN beginning with the 2006 season, and partner John Madden announced he would be joining NBC Sports, which had acquired the rights to ''Sunday Night Football'' games. Despite speculation that Michaels might be joining NBC as well, Michaels stated that he would continue as the ''MNF'' play-by-play announcer, stating, "I feel like I'm a creature of Monday night. I'm home and I'm staying home." Plans were for Michaels to be teamed with Joe Theismann (who would be coming over from ''Sunday Night Football'') on the Monday night telecasts.
At the time, then-ABC Television President Alex Wallau said, "For 26 years Al has played a pivotal role here at ABC Sports, and for 17 of those years he's been the face and voice synonymous with television's most successful sports franchise, ''Monday Night Football''... It's Al's outstanding play-by-play coverage, coupled with his breadth of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm, that keep ''MNF'' fans invigorated, excited and coming back for more." also, "Al Michaels has been invaluable to the Network and we are thrilled to have him remain in our family. ..Al is the consummate professional and makes everyone around him better" said then-ABC Sports President Howard Katz; however, in the weeks leading up to Super Bowl XL, it was widely speculated that Michaels was attempting to get out of his contract with ESPN to join Madden at NBC. By this time, it was clear that NBC's ''Sunday Night Football'' would be the NFL's premier prime-time package, with ESPN's ''Monday Night Football'' relegated to secondary match-ups similar to that network's previous Sunday night telecasts. Michaels added fuel to the fire by refusing to state his future plans, and he couldn't "respond to rumors ... because that would become a distraction." On February 8, 2006, ESPN announced that its ''Monday Night Football'' team would consist of Mike Tirico on play-by-play, with Theismann and Tony Kornheiser as analysts. ESPN explicitly stated that Michaels would not return to either ''Monday Night Football'' broadcasts or ABC's NBA broadcasts (on which Michaels had been lead NBA play-by-play man).
NBC Sports (2006–present)
"Traded" to NBC for Oswald the Lucky Rabbit
On February 9, 2006, NBC confirmed that Michaels would be joining Madden at the network to broadcast football on Sunday nights, thus ending Michaels's 20-year run on ''Monday Night Football'' and almost 30 years of service with ABC. In exchange for letting Michaels out of his contract with ABC and ESPN, NBCUniversal sold ESPN cable rights to Friday coverage of the next four Ryder Cups, granted ESPN increased usage of Olympic highlights, and sold to parent company Disney the rights to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, a cartoon character developed by Walt Disney himself (which he lost in 1928) but previously owned by Universal Pictures (now NBCUniversal). NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol explained, "We earn nothing from those rights; they've had no value in the United States."
Michaels had a bemused take on the "trade." After it was noted to Michaels that the Kansas City Chiefs gave the New York Jets a draft pick as compensation for releasing coach Herman Edwards from his contract, Michaels stated, "Oswald is definitely worth more than a fourth-round draft choice. I'm going to be a trivia answer someday." In an article with the magazine ''Game Informer'', Warren Spector, a designer on the game ''Epic Mickey'', stated that Disney CEO Bob Iger wanted Oswald to be in the game so badly, he made this trade to get the rights of the character back.
Michaels and Madden began their new NBC tenure on August 6, 2006, with the network's telecast of the preseason Pro Football Hall of Fame Game, with their regular-season debut on September 7. Michaels had called ''Sunday Night Football'', with John Madden from August 6, 2006 – April 15, 2009. On April 16, 2009, Cris Collinsworth made an agreement with NBC to join Michaels on replacing Madden for ''Sunday Night Football''. On February 1, 2009, Michaels called Super Bowl XLIII, his first Super Bowl telecast for NBC and seventh overall as a play-by-play announcer. Michaels is the third man to ever do play-by-play for an NBC broadcast of a Super Bowl, following the footsteps of Curt Gowdy and Dick Enberg. Michaels would also call Super Bowl XLVI on February 5, 2012, Super Bowl XLIX on February 1, 2015, and Super Bowl LII on February 4, 2018.
Michaels usually eats his dinner while doing play-by-play commentary during a typical broadcast of Sunday Night Football.
NBC Olympic Daytime host
In March 2009, it was announced that Michaels would be serving as the daytime host for NBC's coverage of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. It was Michaels's first involvement in an Olympic telecast since he called ice hockey at the 1988 Calgary Games for ABC, as well as his first non-NFL event for NBC. NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol said that Michaels had previously expressed an interest in contributing to the network's Olympics coverage.
Michaels also co-hosted NBC's coverage of the Closing Ceremony (with Bob Costas). Michaels also served as daytime co-host (with Dan Patrick) for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, and co-hosted the Closing Ceremony (with Costas and Ryan Seacrest). For the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Michaels served as weekday host on NBCSN and weekend daytime host on NBC. He returned to host daytime coverage for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
According to Michaels, ABC was in the running to purchase the broadcasting rights for the 1996 Summer Games from Atlanta. As a provision in his contract renewal with ABC back in 1992, in the event that ABC were to broadcast the Olympics again, Michaels would get to become the prime time anchor while Jim McKay would instead play an emeritus role. Ultimately though, NBC bought the rights to the Atlanta Games for $456 million, edging out ABC by $6 million.
Premier Boxing Champions
In January 2015, NBC announced that Michaels would be at ringside along with Marv Albert and Sugar Ray Leonard for the ''PBC on NBC'' Saturday night bouts. In partnership with Haymon Boxing, NBC would televise 20 ''PBC on NBC'' events (beginning on March 7), including five to be shown in prime time on Saturday nights.
MLB Network (2011)
On July 8, 2011, Michaels teamed up with Bob Costas (with the two announcers alternating between play-by-play and color commentary) to call a game between the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants on MLB Network. It was Michaels's first appearance on a baseball telecast since August 6, 2003 (when he served as a guest commentator on an ESPN game, as previously mentioned) and his first as a primary announcer since Game 5 of the 1995 World Series on ABC. (Michaels had called Games 1, 4 and 5 of that series with Jim Palmer and Tim McCarver, while Costas called Games 2, 3 and 6 with Joe Morgan and Bob Uecker for NBC.) Michaels and Costas also made appearances on SportsNet New York and Comcast SportsNet Bay Area during the game's middle innings, since the MLB Network broadcast was blacked out in the Mets' and Giants' respective home markets.
Awards and honors
*Five-time Sports Emmy Award winner – Outstanding Sports Personality, Play-by-Play
*Three-time NSMA National Sportscaster of the Year
*NSMA Hall of Fame inductee (class of 1998)
*Sportscaster of the Year – American Sportscasters Association (ASA)
*Sportscaster of the Year – Washington Journalism Review
*Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
*Television Academy Hall of Fame inductee (class of 2013)
*2013 Pete Rozelle Radio & Television Award – Pro Football Hall of Fame
*ASA Top 50 Sportscasters of All Time.
*Football stadium at Alexander Hamilton High School in Los Angeles (Michaels's alma mater) named Al Michaels Field.
*Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism (2002).
*Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters "Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award" June 16, 2017
*2021 Ford C. Frick Award winner – Baseball Hall of Fame
Michaels is the eldest child of Jay and Lila Michaels. Michaels has a younger brother, David and a younger sister, Susan.
Al Michaels currently resides in Los Angeles. He married his wife Linda on August 27, 1966. Al and Linda have two children together, Jennifer and Steven. Steven Michaels serves as President and CEO of independent film company Asylum Entertainment in Los Angeles. Michaels is also a Los Angeles Kings season ticket holder.
Al's younger brother David is a television producer. David Michaels has produced such programs as NBC's coverage of the Olympic Games, Triple Crown and Fox Sports Net's ''Beyond the Glory'' series.
In March 2011, Michaels accompanied New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and his wife, Myra, to Israel to visit Kraft Family Stadium in Jerusalem, an American football venue and home to three teams in the Israeli Football League, which is sponsored by the Kraft family. It was one of Myra Kraft's last trips before becoming sick with the cancer that would ultimately cause her death on July 20, 2011.
Michaels was arrested and charged for driving under the influence on April 21, 2013. He was released after about five hours. He eventually pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of reckless driving and was sentenced to 80 hours of community service plus probation.
In 2014, Michaels released his autobiography titled ''You Can't Make This Up: Memories and the Perfect Marriage of Sports and Television'', which reached ''The New York Times Bestseller List'' for nonfiction.
Michaels has also claimed throughout the years, that he has never knowingly eaten a vegetable in his lifetime.
In popular culture
It was Michaels who explained to Peter Jennings that Jennings had been the victim of a prank call in the final hour of O. J. Simpson's Bronco chase, after the Bronco had pulled into Simpson's driveway and parked. The prankster, claiming to be watching Simpson inside the van, described what he said to be the scene in perfect Stepin Fetchit dialect, then signed off with "...and Baba Booey to y'all.""Great Moments In Al Michaels History"
Michaels, unlike Jennings, understood the prankster's use of the term as an association of being a Howard Stern
fan. Michaels himself is a Howard Stern fan, and has discussed that prank call as a guest on Stern's show
As previously mentioned, Michaels had an acting role in a 1970 episode of ''Hawaii Five-O
'', and has appeared as himself in the films ''Jerry Maguire
'' and ''BASEketball
'', as well as on several TV shows including ''Coach
'' and ''Spin City
''. Also as previously mentioned, his call of the U.S. hockey team's victory in the 1980 Olympics can be heard in the 2004 film ''Miracle
''. Michaels re-recorded all his original play-by-play coverage for the film, except for the immortal line.
Brian d'Arcy James
portrayed Michaels in the 2002 television movie ''Monday Night Mayhem
''. Michaels has also been lampooned on several occasions by noted impressionists, Frank Caliendo
and Billy West
as well as in the ''Family Guy
'' episode "Mother Tucker
Michaels was also the featured voice in ''Hardball 3
'', a popular computer baseball game for PC. He was also featured, along with John Madden
, in the ''Madden NFL'' series
from ''Madden NFL 2003
'' to ''Madden NFL 09
Michaels also appeared in two episodes of ''Arliss
'', portraying the older cousin of sports agent Arliss Michaels.
Michaels was the play-by-play announcer for all notable events unless otherwise noted.
*1972 Winter Olympics
men's ice hockey
*1972 National League Championship Series
*1972 World Series
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*1979 World Series
*1980 Winter Olympics
men's ice hockey ("Miracle on Ice
*1981 World Series
*1983 World Series
*1984 Winter Olympics
men's ice hockey
*Super Bowl XIX
(1985, co-host with Jim Lampley)
*1984 Summer Olympics
athletics and road bicycle racing
*1985 World Series
*112th Kentucky Derby
*111th Preakness Stakes
*123rd Belmont Stakes (1986, host)
*1986 American League Championship Series
*113th Kentucky Derby
*112th Preakness Stakes
*124th Belmont Stakes (1987, host)
*1987 World Series
*Super Bowl XXII
*1988 Winter Olympics
men's ice hockey
*114th Kentucky Derby
*113th Preakness Stakes
*125th Belmont Stakes (1988, host)
*1989 Sugar Bowl
*115th Kentucky Derby
*114th Preakness Stakes
*126th Belmont Stakes (1989, host)
*1989 World Series
*1990 Sugar Bowl
*116th Kentucky Derby
*115th Preakness Stakes
*127th Belmont Stakes (1990, host)
*1991 Sugar Bowl
*Super Bowl XXV
*117th Kentucky Derby
*116th Preakness Stakes
*128th Belmont Stakes
*1992 Sugar Bowl
*118th Kentucky Derby
*117th Preakness Stakes
*129th Belmont Stakes (1992, host)
*119th Kentucky Derby
*118th Preakness Stakes
*1993 Stanley Cup Finals
*130th Belmont Stakes (1993, host)
*120th Kentucky Derby
*119th Preakness Stakes
*131st Belmont Stakes (1994, host)
*Super Bowl XXIX
*121st Kentucky Derby
*120th Preakness Stakes
*132nd Belmont Stakes (1995, host)
*1995 World Series
(Games 1, 4–5)
*122nd Kentucky Derby
*121st Preakness Stakes
*133rd Belmont Stakes (1996, host)
*123rd Kentucky Derby
*122nd Preakness Stakes
*134th Belmont Stakes
*124th Kentucky Derby
*123rd Preakness Stakes
*135th Belmont Stakes
*125th Kentucky Derby
*124th Preakness Stakes
*1999 Indianapolis 500
*136th Belmont Stakes
*Super Bowl XXXIV
*126th Kentucky Derby
*125th Preakness Stakes
*2000 Indianapolis 500
*2000 Stanley Cup Finals
*137th Belmont Stakes
*2001 Indianapolis 500
*2001 Stanley Cup Finals
*2002 Stanley Cup Finals
*Super Bowl XXXVII
*NBA on Christmas Day
2004: Los Angeles Lakers
vs Miami Heat
*2004 NBA Finals
*NBA on Christmas Day 2005: Los Angeles Lakers
vs Miami Heat
*2005 NBA Finals
*Super Bowl XL
(2006; last Super Bowl and NFL telecast for ABC)
*Super Bowl XLIII
(2009; last telecast paired with color commentator John Madden
*2010 Winter Olympics
(daytime host and co-host of closing ceremony)
*The "Butt Fumble"
November 22, 2012
*Super Bowl XLVI
*2012 Summer Olympics
(daytime co-host and co-host of closing ceremony)
*2014 Winter Olympics
(weekday host for NBCSN
, weekend daytime host for NBC)
*Super Bowl XLIX
*2016 Summer Olympics
(daytime co-host and co-host of closing ceremony)
*Super Bowl LII
*1968–1970: Hawaii Islanders
*1971–1973: Cincinnati Reds
*1971–1974: ''NFL on NBC
*1972 and 1980–1988: Winter Olympics
Hockey Play-by-play (NBC 1972, ABC 1980–1988)
*1973–1975: UCLA Basketball
*1974–1976: San Francisco Giants
TV & Radio Play-by-play
*1975: ''NFL on CBS
*1976–1989, 1994–1995: ''Major League Baseball on ABC
'' Play-by-play (Lead Play-by-play from 1983-1989 and 1994-1995)
*1977–1985: ''College Football on ABC
*1986–2005: ''ABC Monday Night Football
*1986–2000: Kentucky Derby
*1986–2000: Preakness Stakes
*1986–2000: Belmont Stakes
*1987–1989: ''College Basketball on ABC
*1989–1992: Sugar Bowl
*2000–2002: ''NHL on ABC
'' Stanley Cup Finals host
*2003–2005: ''NBA on ABC
*2006–present: ''NBC Sunday Night Football
*2015–present: ''PBC on NBC
*2016–2017: ''Thursday Night Football
'' on NBC/NFL Network
References and notes
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Category:Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication alumni
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Category:Ford C. Frick Award recipients
Category:Golf writers and broadcasters
Category:Hawaii Rainbow Warriors basketball
Category:Hawaii Rainbow Warriors football
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Category:National Hockey League broadcasters
Category:Olympic Games broadcasters
Category:Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award recipients
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Category:Sportspeople from Brooklyn
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Category:Track and field broadcasters
Category:UCLA Bruins basketball
Category:United States Football League announcers