Ken Coleman

Kenneth Robert "Ken" Coleman (April 22, 1925 – August 21, 2003) was an American radio and television sportscaster for more than four decades (from 1947[1] to 1989).

Coleman was born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1925, the son of William (a salesman) and his wife Frances. The family subsequently moved to Dorchester, Massachusetts, and then to Quincy, Massachusetts, where he was raised. He graduated from North Quincy High School in 1943. [2] While in high school, he was a pitcher on the North Quincy High School baseball team,[3] and subsequently played in the semi-pro Park League. But he had dreams of being a sports broadcaster from the time he was a boy, when he enjoyed listening to the games on radio. [4] After serving in the army, where he was a sergeant during World War II,[5] He took oratory courses for one year at Curry College, and then broke into broadcasting in Rutland, Vermont in 1947, working for station WSYB. He called the play-by-play of the minor league Rutland Royals baseball team. He also was a newscaster and a deejay on the station. [6] He then was hired at hometown team WJDA in Quincy MA, where he worked as a sports reporter until 1951; he then worked for a year at WNEB in Worcester. [7] During this time, he was broadcasting Boston University football. [8] He received critical praise for his college football play-by-play, which led to his big break: in 1952, he got the opportunity to broadcast for the NFL Cleveland Browns (1952–1965), calling play-by-play of every touchdown that Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown ever scored. He also began his MLB broadcasting career in Cleveland, calling Cleveland Indians games on television for ten seasons (1954–1963). In his first year with the Indians, Coleman called their record-setting 111-win season and their World Series loss to the New York Giants.

In 1966, Coleman was chosen to become a play-by-play announcer for the Boston Red Sox, replacing Curt Gowdy, who resigned after fifteen years of calling Red Sox games, to become a play-by-play announcer for NBC. [9] Coleman joined a broadcast team that also included Ned Martin and Mel Parnell.[10] He signed a three-year contract that paid him $40,000 per year. [11] Coleman broadcast the 1967 World Series (which the Red Sox lost to the St. Louis Cardinals) for NBC television and radio. From 1975 to 1978 Coleman worked with the Cincinnati Reds' television crew.

Coleman broadcast college football for various teams, including Ohio State, Harvard, and BU. He was the play-by-play announcer for the 1968 Harvard-Yale football game, a game that will be forever be remembered for the incredible Harvard comeback from a 16-point deficit to tie Yale at 29-29. He also called NFL games for NBC in the early 1970s, and later in his career called Connecticut and Fairfield basketball games for Connecticut Public Television.

After the legendary radio combination of Ned Martin and Jim Woods were fired for failing to follow the dictates of sponsors following the 1978 season, Coleman returned to Boston in 1979. He broadcast the Red Sox' 1986 World Series loss to the New York Mets and two Red Sox ALCS (1986 and 1988). Coleman remained in the Red Sox radio booth until his retirement in 1989.

Additionally, he wrote books on sportscasting, was one of the founding fathers of the Red Sox Booster Club and the BoSox Club, and was intimately involved with the Jimmy Fund, which raises money for cancer research.

Coleman followed the routine of taking a swim in the Atlantic Ocean as often as he could through the late fall and into the earliest days of spring, until his death.

He was the father of the late Cleveland sports and newscaster Casey Coleman, who died in 2006 from pancreatic cancer.

Coleman was inducted into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame on May 18, 2000 at the age of 75. He died three years later, aged 78, in Plymouth, Massachusetts, from complications of bacterial meningitis.[12]

In 1972, Coleman, along with Dick Stockton rotated play-by-play duties for New England Patriots preseason with no color commentators.

Ken Coleman
Kenneth Robert Coleman

April 22, 1925
DiedAugust 21, 2003 (aged 78)
Plymouth, Massachusetts, U.S.
OccupationTV/Radio sportscaster, NFL radio announcer
Years active1952–1989
RelativesCasey Coleman (son)


  1. ^ Pres Hobson. "Press Box." Quincy (MA) Patriot-Ledger, August 1, 1947, p. 8.
  2. ^ Paul Katzeff. "Sox Voice Bats Cleanup for Jimmy Fund." Boston Herald, July 27, 1980, p. 60.
  3. ^ "North Quincy Bops Thayer." Quincy (MA) Patriot-Ledger, May 25, 1943, p. 10.
  4. ^ Hy Hurwitz. "Broadcasting Red Sox Games Coleman's Boyhood Ambition." Boston Globe, March 6, 1966, p. 55.
  5. ^ D. Leo Monahan. "Coleman Vows Impartial Reporting." Boston Sunday Advertiser, March 6, 1966, p. 80.
  6. ^ Pres Hobson. "Press Box." Quincy (MA) Patriot-Ledger, August 1, 1947, p. 8.
  7. ^ D. Leo Monahan. "Coleman Vows Impartial Reporting." Boston Sunday Advertiser, March 6, 1966, p. 80.
  8. ^ Art Cullison. "Strangers to Air Browns Games." Akron (OH) Beacon-Journal, July 25, 1952, p. 34.
  9. ^ "Browns Seek Replacement for TV Voice." Cleveland Plain Dealer, March 5, 1966, p. 42.
  10. ^ Larry Claflin. "Quincy's Coleman New Sox Announcer." Boston Record American, March 5, 1966, p. 38.
  11. ^ Hy Hurwitz. "Broadcasting Red Sox Games Coleman's Boyhood Ambition." Boston Globe, March 6, 1966, p. 55.
  12. ^ "Ken Coleman: Longtime Sports Broadcaster." (Columbia, So. Carolina) The State, August 23, 2003, p. 9.

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1963 Kansas Jayhawks football team

The 1963 Kansas Jayhawks football team represented the University of Kansas in the Big Eight Conference during the 1963 college football season. In their sixth season under head coach Jack Mitchell, the Jayhawks compiled a 5–5 record (3–4 against conference opponents), tied for fourth in the Big Eight Conference, and outscored all opponents by a combined total of 207 to 122. They played their home games at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas.

The team's statistical leaders included Gale Sayers with 917 rushing yards and 155 receiving yards and Steve Renko with 505 passing yards. Ken Coleman and Pete Quatrochi were the team captains.

1964 Cleveland Browns season

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1964 Dallas Cowboys season

The 1964 Dallas Cowboys season was their fifth in the league. The team improved on their previous output of 4–10, winning five games. They failed to qualify for the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season.

1964 New York Giants season

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As a result, the Giants plummeted from NFL Eastern Conference Champions the previous season to last place, for their first losing season since 1953. The Giants were not to return to the postseason until 1981.

1964 St. Louis Cardinals (NFL) season

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The Cardinals (9–3–2) were the runner-up in the Eastern Conference, finishing a half game behind the Cleveland Browns (10–3–1), who won the NFL championship game on December 27. The Cardinals tied the Browns in Cleveland in September and defeated them in St. Louis in December.

As the conference runner-up, the Cardinals played the Green Bay Packers of the Western Conference in the third place Playoff Bowl in Miami, Florida. Held on January 3 at the Orange Bowl, St. Louis won in an upset, 24–17. It was the Cardinals' only appearance after the regular season between 1948 and 1974.

1964 Washington Redskins season

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Casey Coleman

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Hughes Television Network

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It never lived up to its dream of being the nation's fourth television network, following the demise of the DuMont Television Network. HTN limited itself to broadcasting sports events, including the Stanley Cup Finals, PBA Bowling and special programming, including the Muppets special The Frog Prince, and provided facilities links to a loose network of stations, who were usually independents or affiliates of ABC, CBS, or NBC.

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John Ellis (baseball)

John Charles Ellis (born August 21, 1948) is a former professional baseball player who played first base and catcher in the Major Leagues from 1969 to 1981. He played for the New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians, and Texas Rangers.

He was a standout football and baseball player at New London High School. He later attended Mitchell College for a brief time. After hitting .333 at Triple A, the Yankees called him up in 1969.

In 1971 he was named a Topps All-Star Rookie. After being traded for Graig Nettles, he became the first DH in Cleveland Indians history in 1973. Ellis had his best season in 1974, when he hit .285 (22nd in the AL), had a slugging percentage of .421 (23rd in the AL), 23 doubles (25th in AL), and 64 RBIs in only 128 games. That year, Ellis caught Dick Bosman's no-hitter on July 19. While with the Indians, he was given the nickname "Moose" by Red Sox announcer Ken Coleman.

In the mid-1970s, Ellis joined the Spalding Sporting Goods Advisory Staff and had a signature catcher's mitt sold in retail stores. In 1987 he founded the Connecticut Sports Foundation Against Cancer. The Foundation has an annual dinner at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT each year. Recent attendees have included Roger Clemens and Don Mattingly.

His son, John J. Ellis, was a baseball standout and played at the University of Maine - Orono and in the Texas Rangers system for three seasons. His son also competed for the Eastern Tides of the New England Collegiate Baseball League in 1994.

Leo Egan

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A native of Buffalo, New York, Egan replaced Ted Husing as the announcer for Harvard football games after Husing was banned for referring to Harvard quarterback Barry Wood as putrid. From 1946 to 1973, Egan worked for WBZ and WHDH radio, where he called Boston Red Sox, Boston Braves, and Boston Bruins games. Egan was the first baseball announcer to call a game live from an opposing team's ballpark; calling a Red Sox game from Cleveland Municipal Stadium in 1948. At WHDH, he spent years covering the morning drive-time news shift and playing the straight man to Jess Cain. On November 22, 1963 Egan broke into air time to announce that President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated. In 1970, Egan briefly returned to the Red Sox booth when regular announcers Ken Coleman, Ned Martin, and Johnny Pesky refused to cross the picket line of WHDH-TV's electrical workers.Egan's final program at WHDH was Voice of Sports, a daily sports talk show. When the station came under new ownership, the program was canceled due to low ratings and Egan was fired. He then served as vice president and part owner of the Boston Astros of the American Soccer League. After his retirement, Egan lived in Duxbury, Massachusetts and Kingston, Massachusetts. He was a part-time dispatcher for the Duxbury Fire Department and covered high school sports and wrote a column for the Duxbury Clipper.Egan died on July 10, 2000 at Jordan Hospital in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

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Money Radio WPSE AM 1450/FM 107.1 is a commercially licensed radio station in Erie, Pennsylvania, and the market's only money-business news-talk radio station. It is owned by the Penn State Board of Trustees and operated by Penn State Behrend under the direction of a professional broadcast staff. In addition to being a round-the-clock, one-stop source for global and financial news, Money Radio WPSE also airs commentaries by regional business leaders; Bloomberg Business Radio; the nation’s best syndicated business talk-radio hosts; Cleveland Browns football, Penn State football, High School football and basketball and Penn State Behrend sports.

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