Famous Sports Broadcaster Keith Jackson Dead At 89, Spent 50 Years In The Booth Covering Games
By Tom Fornelli, CBS Sports // January 13, 2018
began career at Washington State in 1952
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(CBS SPORTS) – Keith Jackson, the man whose voice was synonymous with college football for generations of fans, died Friday night at age 89, according to his family.
Jackson’s broadcast career began at Washington State in 1952 when he called a game between Washington State and Stanford, but it was just the first of many stops for the legendary voice. During his expansive career, Jackson also called the NFL, MLB, NBA, PGA Tour golf, the Olympics, boxing, racing and even some college basketball alongside Dick Vitale.
He was the first play-by-play man of Monday Night Football and was the voice of some of the United States’ top Olympic moments, including calling Mark Spitz’s seven and Eric Heiden’s five gold medals..
But it was college football that Jackson was most known for calling as he spent 50 years in the booth covering games across the country. He’s credited with giving the Rose Bowl it’s “Granddaddy of Them All” nickname as well as christening Michigan Stadium with its “Big House” moniker.
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