The National Sports Media Association recently announced a record seven men voted into the Hall of Fame.
Broadcast inductees include Bill King, Jim Nantz, and Dick Stockton, while Larry Merchant, William Nack, William C. Rhoden, and Rick Telander represent the sportswriters.
King was famous for bringing sports to the Bay Area, serving as the play-by-play voice of the San Francisco/Golden State Warriors, San Francisco Giants, University of California Golden Bears, Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, and Oakland A’s. He died in 2005.
Nantz is no stranger to awards. He’s a five-time winner of the NSMA’s national sportscaster of the year award, a three-time Emmy winner, and a member of the Sports Broadcasting, Pro Football, and Naismith Basketball Halls of Fame.
Stockton has experience as an NFL, MLB and NBA play-by-play announcer. He is in his 27th year at FOX Sports after having spent 17 years at CBS and 19 years at Turner Sports.
Merchant, who retired in 2012, may best be known as a boxing analyst with HBO Sports. However, his career began in the Army, as a sportswriter for the Stars and Stripes.
Here is the full list of Hall of Fame sportscasters and sportswriters:
HALL OF FAME SPORTSCASTERS
- Bill King, Oakland A’s/Raiders, SF Giants/Warriors
- Jim Nantz, CBS
- Dick Stockton, FOX, CBS, Turner
HALL OF FAME SPORTSWRITERS
- Larry Merchant, Philadelphia Daily News, NY Post
- William Nack, Sports Illustrated
- William C. Rhoden, New York Times
- Rick Telander, Sports Illustrated, Chicago Sun-Times
Winners and Hall of Fame inductees will be honored by the NSMA during the organization’s 61st awards weekend, tentatively set for June 26-28, 2021, in Winston-Salem, N.C.