(1918 - 1995)
Howard Cosell was arguably the most colorful and
controversial national sports reporter and broadcast personality in
American media. His provocative style re-defined sports play-by-play
and color commentary from the 1960's through most of the 1980's.
Cosell came into prominence as a blow-by-blow
radio-TV reporter of early Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali fights. An
attorney by profession, his meteoric rise as a sports journalist
paralleled the equally meteoric career of Clay-Ali. During the 1960s
& 70s, Cosell called every Ali fight and virtually every major
championship boxing match originating in the United States.
The most enduring Cosell imprint was created as a
member of the American Broadcasting Company's original Monday Night
Football broadcast corps. Teamed with two former football legends,
Don Meredith and Frank Gifford, Cosell's colorful and provocative
commentaries were both praised and deplored by viewers and critics
alike--but were nonetheless effective in establishing the innovative
Monday TV football telecasts as an American tradition.
For many years, Cosell also provided color
commentary on ABC's Monday Night Baseball, and he toplined numerous
other sports commentary shows on both television and radio. He also
hosted a prime-time Saturday Night Live variety hour for a limited
period on ABC-TV.
His many honors include election, in 1993, to both
the American Sportscasters Hall of Fame and the National
Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame, both in 1993.
Jewish Sports Hall of Fame