List of College World Series broadcasters

Through 1987, the College World Series was a pure double-elimination event. The format was changed in 1988, when the tournament was divided into two four-team double-elimination brackets, with the survivors of each bracket playing in a single championship game. The single-game championship was designed for network television, with the final game on CBS on Saturday afternoon.

In 2003, the tournament returned entirely to cable television on ESPN, which had been covering all of the other games of the CWS since 1982 (and a partial schedule since 1980).[1] The championship final became a best-of-three series between the two bracket winners, with games scheduled for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday evenings. In the results shown here, Score indicates the score of the championship game(s) only.

The following is a list of the American television networks and announcers that have broadcast the College World Series.

Television by decade

2010s

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Field reporter(s)
2019 ESPN Karl Ravech Eduardo Pérez and Kyle Peterson Kris Budden
2018 ESPN Karl Ravech Eduardo Pérez and Kyle Peterson Laura Rutledge
2017 ESPN Karl Ravech Eduardo Pérez and Kyle Peterson Laura Rutledge
2016 ESPN Karl Ravech Eduardo Pérez and Kyle Peterson Kaylee Hartung and Alex Cora
2015 ESPN Karl Ravech Kyle Peterson and Aaron Boone Jessica Mendoza and Kaylee Hartung
2014 ESPN Karl Ravech Kyle Peterson and Aaron Boone Jessica Mendoza and Jaymee Sire
2013 ESPN Mike Patrick Orel Hershiser and Kyle Peterson Jessica Mendoza and Kaylee Hartung
2012 ESPN Mike Patrick Orel Hershiser and Kyle Peterson Jenn Brown and Jessica Mendoza
2011 ESPN Mike Patrick Orel Hershiser and Robin Ventura Jenn Brown and Kyle Peterson
2010 ESPN Mike Patrick Orel Hershiser and Robin Ventura Erin Andrews and Kyle Peterson

2000s

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Field reporter(s)
2009 ESPN Mike Patrick Orel Hershiser and Robin Ventura Erin Andrews and Kyle Peterson
2008 ESPN Mike Patrick Orel Hershiser Erin Andrews
2007 ESPN Mike Patrick Orel Hershiser Erin Andrews
2006 ESPN Mike Patrick Harold Reynolds
2005 ESPN Mike Patrick Harold Reynolds
2004 ESPN Mike Patrick Harold Reynolds Kyle Peterson
2003 ESPN Mike Patrick Harold Reynolds Dave Ryan
2002 CBS Greg Gumbel Rick Cerone
2001 CBS Greg Gumbel Ray Knight
2000 CBS Greg Gumbel Jerry Kindall

1990s

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s)
1999 CBS Sean McDonough Joe Carter
1998 CBS Sean McDonough Fred Lynn
1997 CBS Sean McDonough Fred Lynn
1996 CBS Sean McDonough Steve Garvey
1995 CBS Sean McDonough Jeff Torborg
1994 CBS Greg Gumbel[2] Jeff Torborg
1993 CBS Greg Gumbel Jim Kaat
1992 CBS Greg Gumbel Jim Kaat
1991 CBS Greg Gumbel Jim Kaat
1990 CBS Greg Gumbel Jim Kaat

1980s

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s)
1989 CBS Brent Musburger[3] Joe Morgan[4]
1988 CBS Brent Musburger[5] Rick Monday

Radio by decade

2010s

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Field reporter(s)
2019 Westwood One/NRG Media Kevin Kugler Scott Graham John Bishop
2018 Westwood One/NRG Media Kevin Kugler Scott Graham John Bishop
2017 Westwood One/NRG Media Kevin Kugler Scott Graham John Bishop
2016 Westwood One/NRG Media Kevin Kugler Scott Graham Gary Sharp
2015 Westwood One/NRG Media Kevin Kugler Scott Graham Gary Sharp
2014 Westwood One/NRG Media Kevin Kugler Scott Graham Gary Sharp
2013 Dial Global/NRG Media Kevin Kugler Scott Graham Ted Emrich
2012 Westwood One/NRG Media Kevin Kugler Scott Graham
2011 Westwood One/NRG Media Kevin Kugler Scott Graham Joe Castellano
2010 Westwood One/NRG Media Kevin Kugler

2000s

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Field reporter(s)
2009 Westwood One/NRG Media Kevin Kugler Joe Castellano
2008 Westwood One/NRG Media Kevin Kugler Jerry Trupiano
2007 Westwood One/NRG Media Kevin Kugler Jerry Trupiano
2006 Westwood One/NRG Media Kevin Kugler Joe Castellano
2005 Westwood One/NRG Media Kevin Kugler Joe Castellano
2004 Westwood One/NRG Media Kevin Kugler Joe Castellano
2003 Westwood One/NRG Media Joe Castellano Kevin Kugler

Basic television broadcaster overview

  • 1980[6]-1981[7] - ESPN (selected games of the CWS)
  • 1982[8]-1987[9] - ESPN (entire CWS)
  • 1988-1990 - CBS (championship game); ESPN[10][11][12] (remainder of CWS)
  • 1991-2002 - CBS (championship game plus one game on first Saturday); ESPN (remainder of CWS)
  • 2003–present - ESPN (entire CWS)

Note: ESPN aired some of these games on ESPN2[13]

References

  1. ^ Decades of Success
  2. ^ Jun 14, 1994 - NBC used halftime to introduce Greg Gumbel as baseball All-Star host a day after he exited CBS via Oklahoma's College World Series triumph over Georgia Tech. Game 3 had a 15.0 overnight composite, way behind last year's 19.6 for Suns- Bulls triple overtime. NBC has Game 4 tomorrow night ...
  3. ^ Jun 9, 1989 - CBS' Thursday night NBA Finals telecast had a notable absentee: host Brent Musburger. Musburger left his NBA Finals chair - Pat O'Brien filled in - to go to Omaha to prepare for Saturday's College World Series baseball final. Musburger and CBS face the problem that, as Musburger ...
  4. ^ Jun 12, 1989 - CBS' College World Series title game. 5. NBC SportsWorld Sports Fantasy, Pazienza-Burgese fight. Hustle award: 1. ... CBS' College World Series coverage, with Musburger and Joe Morgan as announcers coupled with informative graphics and touching shots of Wichita State players ...
  5. ^ Jun 1, 1988 - "We've got a College World Series coming up," he said. Hardly incidentally, in terms of Fraser's standing in the baseball community, CBS-TV asked Fraser even before the regionals if he would do the color commentary for Brent Musburger's play-by-play on the College World Series final. ...
  6. ^ 1980 College World Series on ESPN
  7. ^ 1981 College World Series on ESPN
  8. ^ 1982 College World Series on ESPN
  9. ^ 1987 College World Series on ESPN
  10. ^ 1988 College World Series on ESPN
  11. ^ 1989 College World Series on ESPN
  12. ^ 1990 College World Series on ESPN
  13. ^ College World Series on ESPN2

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Robin Ventura

Robin Mark Ventura (born July 14, 1967) is an American former professional baseball third baseman and manager. Ventura played 16 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Chicago White Sox, New York Mets, New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers. He was also the manager for the White Sox for five seasons. The White Sox selected Ventura with the tenth overall pick in the 1988 amateur draft from Oklahoma State University (OSU). He is a six-time Rawlings Gold Glove winner, two-time MLB All-Star selection and a National College Baseball Hall of Fame inductee.

While playing college baseball for the Cowboys at OSU, Ventura was a three-time All-American who authored a Division I-record 58-game hitting streak. In 1988, he won the Dick Howser Trophy and Golden Spikes Award and played for the gold medal-winning Olympic baseball team. In his MLB career, he hit 18 grand slams, ranking fifth all-time. In Game 5 of the 1999 National League Championship Series, Ventura hit the "Grand Slam Single" that won the game but did not actually become a home run because he was unable to complete the circuit around the base paths. Later in his playing career, cartilage and arthritis issues in his ankle hampered his abilities in the field. After the 2011 season, the White Sox hired him to be their manager, making him the 17th former White Sox player to manage the club.

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