- Lindsey Nelson
Lindsey Nelson (
May 25, 1919- June 10, 1995) was an American sportscaster best known for his broadcasts of college footballand New York Mets baseball.
Early life and career
May 25, 1919, in Campbellsville, Tennessee, Nelson broke into broadcasting in 1948 following a short career as a reporterin Columbia, Tennesseefor the "Columbia Daily Herald" newspaper. He was the first play-by-playannouncer for the "Vol Network" which was set up to broadcast the games of the University of Tennessee.
Nelson subsequently did the play-by-play of the Cotton Bowl for 25 seasons on
CBStelevision, where he earned widespread recognition for his deep Southern drawl and signature opening greeting: "Happy New Year - This is Lindsey Nelson in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas." For 13 years he was the syndicated television voice of Notre Dame Fighting Irishfootball, and he called the Mutual Broadcasting System's Monday night radiobroadcasts of NFL games from 1974 to 1977. Nelson also called NFL games for CBS television for many years.
Nelson began his national baseball broadcast career as one of
Gordon McLendon's radio announcers for the Liberty Broadcasting System, which primarily did re-creations of games. After a stretch as an administrator with the NBC televisionnetwork, he began doing NBC baseball broadcasts in by|1957.
New York Mets
In by|1962, Nelson was hired by the Mets, and for the next 17 seasons did both radio and
televisionwith Ralph Kinerand Bob Murphy. All three men were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. When Chicago White Soxpitcher and former Mets ace Tom Seaverwent for his 300th victory in August 1985, against the host New York Yankees, Yankees TV flagship WPIXhad Nelson call the final half-inning of Seaver's history-making win.
an Francisco Giants
In by|1979, Nelson moved on to the
San Francisco Giants, for whom he worked three seasons. He also worked with CBS Radio broadcasts of Major League Baseball in by|1985. Nelson is remembered for being the announcer during the first NFL game, on CBS, to feature the use of " instant replay", which he had to explain repeatedly during the game, reminding viewers that "this is not live."
Fashion sense and style
Television broadcasts featuring Nelson were notable for his "loud"
psychedelic-colored or multi-colored plaid sports jackets, 335 of which he was reputed to have owned at one time. They often clashed with the set and his other surroundings and caused scintillationto the picture when his image was being broadcast, the television technology of the time being inadequate to represent them accurately. Mutual Broadcasting System president C. Edward Little would complain that Nelson never sent any of his jackets to the cleaners and they often smelled quite awful.
Nelson's honors include induction into the
National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Famein Salisbury, North Carolinain 1979; induction into the New York Mets Hall of Famein by|1984; induction into the American Sportscasters AssociationHall of Fame in 1986; the Tuss McLaughry Service Award for sports broadcasting in 1988; the Ford C. Frick Awardfrom the Baseball Hall of Famein 1988; the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Awardfrom the Pro Football Hall of Famein 1990; and an EmmyAward for Life Achievement in 1991.
Retirement and death
retirementfrom active broadcasting he moved to Knoxville, Tennesseeto an apartment across the Tennessee Riverfrom the University of Tennesseecampus from which he had a view of Neyland Stadium, the Vols' home field, and wrote an autobiographical memoir.
Nelson died at age 76 on
June 10, 1995, in Atlanta, Georgia.
List of NFL on NBC commentator pairings
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* [http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/hofers_and_honorees/frick_bios/nelson_lindsey.htm Baseball Hall of Fame - Frick Award recipient]
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