Dewayne Staats

Dewayne Staats (born August 8, 1952) is a sports broadcaster who has been the television play-by-play commentator for the Tampa Bay Rays since their inception in 1998.[1] He is currently teamed with color commentator Brian Anderson.[2]

Staats has been a broadcaster for several teams over his 40+ year career.

Dewayne Staats
Dewayne Staats 2009
Staats in 2009.
BornAugust 8, 1952 (age 66)
Sports commentary career
Team(s)Tampa Bay Rays


Staats was born in Advance, Missouri and moved at some point in his youth to Wood River, Illinois, near St. Louis. Staats regularly listened to the St. Louis Cardinals baseball broadcasts, featuring Harry Caray and Jack Buck. He graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) in 1975[3] with a degree in Mass Communications. He began his broadcasting career reporting sports on WSIE, the SIUE radio station; as an announcer for high school sports on several of the nearby small town radio stations; and as an intern at KMOX in St. Louis.[4]

Staats began announcing professional baseball with the Oklahoma City 89ers (1973–74) while still a student at SIUE. After graduation, he was sports director at KPLR-TV in St.Louis (1975–76), then he worked for the Houston Astros (1977–84), Chicago Cubs (1985–89), New York Yankees (1990–94), and ESPN (1995–97) before joining the Rays in their 1998 inaugural season.[1][4]

Staats' first wife, Dee, died in 2005 after a long battle with cancer. He has since remarried to the former Carla Berry. He has two daughters, Stephanie (b. 1978) and Alexandra (b. 1984), from his first marriage. Stephanie is married to former MLB relief pitcher Dan Wheeler. Staats has three grandchildren, Gabriel, Zachary, and Evie.[1][4]

Highlights and honors

With the Cubs, Staats called the first MLB night game in Wrigley Field history with Steve Stone on August 8, 1988, although the game was canceled due to rain.

Staats celebrated his 30th season as a Major League Baseball announcer in 2006, and on June 22, 2010, he called his 5000th major league game.[5]

Among the several no-hitters Staats has announced were Nolan Ryan's record fifth on September 26, 1981 and one-handed pitcher Jim Abbott's September 4, 1993 "no-no" for the Yankees.[4]

Staats announced college football and college basketball games during his tenure at ESPN.

Only three players have hit a home run for their 3000th hit, Jeter, Boggs, and Alex Rodriguez. Staats announced each one except for A-Rod's.

As a promotion in 2006, dual talking bobblehead dolls of Staats and Joe Magrane were given away at a home game against the Seattle Mariners.

The Dewayne Staats Award for Broadcast Journalism was established in 2008 by the Mass Communications Department at SIUE. This award "recognizes a student who exhibits Staats’s passion for sports, and who demonstrates the writing, announcing and analytical skills needed to excel in the field of Sports Journalism."[6] He was named recipient of the SIUE Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award in 1987. He became a member of the SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame in 2006[3] and of the SIUE Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012.[7]

Staats has been repeatedly nominated for the Ford C. Frick Award,[8] the broadcasters' path to the Baseball Hall of Fame,[9] since 2008.

Staats and his broadcast team have won multiple local Emmy awards from the Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.


  1. ^ a b c "Broadcasters | Team". 2014-06-30. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
  2. ^ "Tampa Bay Rays' 2012 broadcasters | Tampa Bay Times". 2012-04-05. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
  3. ^ a b "About Alumni - Dewayne Staats". Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Retrieved 2015-08-05.
  4. ^ a b c d Fox Sports (2014-03-03). "Florida | FOX Sports". Retrieved 2014-08-10.
  5. ^ "Sports: For Staats, the voice never gets tired". Retrieved 2014-08-10.
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  7. ^ "SIUE Athletics Announces 2012 Hall of Fame Class". 2012-05-21. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
  8. ^ "75 Candidates Vie for Fan Selection For 2012 Frick Award Ballot | Baseball Hall of Fame". 2011-08-30. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
  9. ^ "Ford Frick Award". 2006-02-22. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
1977 Houston Astros season

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1978 Houston Astros season

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1980 National League West tie-breaker game

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The Astros won the game, 7–1, with Houston starter Joe Niekro throwing a complete game. This victory advanced the Astros to the 1980 NL Championship Series (NLCS), in which they lost to the Philadelphia Phillies, ending the Astros' season. In baseball statistics, the tie-breaker counted as the 163rd regular season game for both teams, with all events in the game added to regular season statistics.

1981 Houston Astros season

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1982 Houston Astros season

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1983 Houston Astros season

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1984 Houston Astros season

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1986 Chicago Cubs season

The 1986 Chicago Cubs season was the 115th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 111th in the National League and the 71st at Wrigley Field. The Cubs finished fifth in the National League East with a record of 70–90.

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The first game under lights at Wrigley Field was on August 8 (8/8/88), against the Philadelphia Phillies. With the Cubs leading 3–1, in the middle of the 4th inning, a powerful thunderstorm rolled in. The game was suspended, and finally called at 10:25PM.

Since the rules of Major League Baseball state that a game is not official unless 5 innings are completed, the first official night game in the history of Wrigley Field was played on August 9, when the Cubs defeated the New York Mets 6 to 4.

Joe Magrane

Joseph David Magrane (born July 2, 1964) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher and is currently a color commentary broadcaster for the MLB Network. He was teamed with play-by-play announcer Dewayne Staats from 1998 to 2008 as part of the Tampa Bay Rays television team.

Magrane served as an analyst for NBC Sports' coverage of Baseball at the 2008 Summer Olympics. He teamed with play-by-play man Eric Collins of ESPN.

List of Chicago Cubs broadcasters

The following is a list of Chicago Cubs broadcasters:

Names in bold are recipients of the Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually by the National Baseball Hall of Fame to a broadcaster for major contributions to baseball.

List of Houston Astros broadcasters

Broadcasters for the Houston Astros Major League Baseball team.

List of New York Yankees broadcasters

As one of the most successful clubs in Major League Baseball, the New York Yankees are also one of its oldest teams. Part of that success derives to its radio and television broadcasts that have been running beginning in 1939 when the first radio transmissions were broadcast from the old stadium, and from 1947 when television broadcasts began. They have been one of the pioneer superstation broadcasts when WPIX became a national superstation in 1978 and were the first American League team to broadcast their games on cable, both first in 1978 and later on in 1979, when Sportschannel NY (now MSG Plus) began broadcasting Yankees games to cable subscribers. Today, the team can be heard and/or seen in its gameday broadcasts during the baseball season on:

TV: YES Network or WPIX channel 11 in New York

Radio: WFAN 660AM and WFAN-FM 101.9 FM in New York; New York Yankees Radio Network; WADO 1280 AM (Spanish) (Cadena Radio Yankees)Longest serving Yankee broadcasters (all-time with 10+ years)

Phil Rizzuto (40 yrs), John Sterling (31 yrs), Mel Allen (30 yrs), Michael Kay (28 yrs), Bobby Murcer (22 yrs), Ken Singleton (23 yrs), Frank Messer (18 yrs), Bill White (18 yrs), Suzyn Waldman (15 yrs), Red Barber (13 yrs), Jim Kaat (13 yrs), Al Trautwig (12 yrs)

List of Tampa Bay Rays broadcasters

Broadcasters for the Tampa Bay Rays Major League Baseball team.


Staats is a surname of German and Dutch origin and a given name.

The Baseball Network announcers

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WSIE is a public radio station in Edwardsville, Illinois, across the Mississippi River from St. Louis. Owned by Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, it is the primary jazz station for the Greater St. Louis area. Rebranding as "The Sound" in August 2016, WSIE broadcasts jazz, smooth jazz, blues, and R&B along with news and student programming, and is the anchor station for SIUE Sports' Cougar Network.Licensed by the Federal Communications Commission in January 1969, WSIE operates with 50,000 watts of effective radiated power (ERP) at 88.7 megahertz in the FM band.A long time member of National Public Radio, they do not broadcast NPR anymore; WSIE's music programming is locally produced. The station's studios are in Dunham Hall, and the transmitter and 420 feet (130 m) tower are located near the Supporting Services Building on the SIUE campus.WSIE is used as a training ground for students of the SIUE Mass Communications Department. Among broadcasters who received training at WSIE are Frank O Pinion (John Craddock); Megan Lynch, Ralph Graczak and Tom Calhoun of KMOX; Dewayne Staats (currently the play-by-play commentator with MLB's Tampa Bay Rays on Sun Sports); Paul Schankmann; Elizabeth Erwin; Steve Jankowski (previous General Manager); Sara Wojcicki; Frank Akers; Tom Dehner; and Tom Casey. The current General Manager is Jason Church.

WSIE also streams its programming on the internet. A separately programmed web-radio operation was previously run by WSIE, but it is now operated independently, although it remains a University activity.In 2016, WSIE faced the potential loss of its state appropriation due to the Illinois state budget crisis. The SIUE administration ordered WSIE to become self-sustaining by 2017; necessitating fundraising. The station received tax-deductible donations on its website. Its budget is made up of underwriting (similar to advertising) and donations. Today, the station receives no state funding.

Wood River, Illinois

Wood River is a city in Madison County, Illinois, United States. The population was 10,424 according to the 2013 census estimate.

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