The death of sportscasting giant Keith Jackson last weekend saddened many fans who watched him call so many great moments. While Jackson was mainly associated with college football, he also called baseball, basketball, boxing, NASCAR, the NFL, swimming and so many other sports.
He was at the mic for all seven of Mark Spitz’s gold medal races in Munich, Germany during the 1972 Olympics, as well as all five of Mark Heiden’s gold medals in speedskating at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York. Jackson was the original announcer on Monday Night Football in 1970 before giving way to Frank Gifford a year later. He called the NBA on ABC with Bill Russell in the early 1970s. And he was at Yankee Stadium when Reggie Jackson hit three home runs in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series.