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FOX Sports lead play-by-play announcer
Since breaking onto the national scene as a promising 25-year-old, Joe Buck has become one of sports’ premier broadcasters. Buck handles lead play-by-play duties for FOX Sports’ Emmy Award-winning coverage of MLB and the NFL. On baseball, he teams with analysts Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci, while his football partner is three-time Super Bowl champion and Pro Football Hall of Famer Troy Aikman. Beginning in 2015, Buck will partner with Greg Norman for FOX Sports coverage of the USGA Championships.
A seven-time Emmy Award winner, Buck has held lead MLB on FOX play-by-play duties since 1996. At age 27, he became the youngest play-by-play announcer to call the World Series since the legendary Vin Scully (age 25) sat behind the mic during the 1953 Fall Classic. Buck has called 16 World Series, 18 League Championship Series and four Super Bowls. As the lead voice for the NFL on FOX since 2002, Buck has worked with analysts Aikman and Cris Collinsworth for three seasons (2002–2004), and since 2005 has been partnered exclusively with Aikman.
Buck works his 16th All-Star Game this month in the Twin Cities, his first with MLB on FOX new lead analysts Harold Reynold and Tom Verducci. Buck worked with three-time Emmy Award winner and Ford C. Frick Award recipient Tim McCarver from his first year with MLB on FOX in 1996 through 2013, when McCarver stepped down as MLB on FOX’s lead analyst. The pair set records for All-Star Game broadcasts (15) and World Series broadcasts (15). Buck’s 16 All-Star Game broadcasts place him first on the all-time list of play-by-play announcers, surpassing Curt Gowdy’s 14.
In addition to his lead play-by-play role, Buck served as host of FOX NFL Sunday, America's most-watched NFL pregame show, and The OT, the nation’s most-watched NFL postgame show, in 2006. That season, FOX NFL Sunday traveled to the site of each week's biggest game, allowing Buck to both host the pregame show and call each game. It marked the first time in sports television history that a broadcaster hosted an NFL pregame show while simultaneously handling play-by-play duties.
Joe is the son of late broadcasting legend Jack Buck, whose career spanned parts of six decades. Jack and Joe are the only father and son to each call the Super Bowl on network television. The young Buck’s last Super Bowl assignment in February 2014, the Seattle Seahawks’ decisive win over the Denver Broncos, is the most-watched television program in U.S. history.
Buck joined FOX Sports in 1994, and along with analyst Tim Green, formed one of the NFL on FOX's six original NFL broadcast teams. Just 25 years old in 1994, Buck was the youngest announcer to call a full slate of NFL games on network television. The two worked together for FOX’s first four NFL seasons.
Buck's impressive MLB on FOX resume already includes the 1996, 1998 and 2000-2013 World Series; the 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003-05, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013 American League Championship Series; the 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012 National League Championship Series; the 1997, 1999, 2001-13 All-Star Games; and the Cubs-Cardinals game on Sept. 8, 1998, when Mark McGwire hit his historic 62nd home run and set what was then a new single season home run record. He also calls this year’s NLCS and World Series alongside Reynolds and Verducci.
Buck was a local radio and television announcer for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1991 to 2007. His broadcasting career began in 1989, while he was an undergraduate at Indiana University. That year he called play-by-play for the Louisville Redbirds of the American Association, a minor league affiliate of the Cardinals, and was a reporter for ESPN’s coverage of the Triple-A All-Star Game. Buck also hosted a talk show for HBO Sports, “Joe Buck Live” in 2009 and is a partner in J. Buck’s, two popular sports bars in the St. Louis area, with his sister Julie.
Active in many national and local charities, he hosts The Joe Buck Classic golf tournament which benefits St. Louis Children's Hospital and helps fund its imaging center. Since it began in 2000, the annual event has raised more than $5 million. He also works closely with the Parkinson's Foundation, Mathews-Dickey Boys' & Girls' Club and City of Hope.