Ray Scott (sportscaster)

Ray Scott
Born
Ray Eugene Scott

(1919-06-17)June 17, 1919

Johnstown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died March 23, 1998(1998-03-23) (aged 78)

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Occupation Sportscaster
Spouse(s) Bonnie Scott (2nd)
Eda Scott (1st)
Children 5
Relatives Hal Scott (brother)

Ray Eugene Scott (June 17, 1919 – March 23, 1998) was an American sportscaster, best known for his broadcasts for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. His brother Hal Scott was also a sportscaster.

Early life and career

A native of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Scott began his broadcasting career on local radio in the late 1930s. (Fellow announcer Bill McColgan, in his introduction of Scott for the radio broadcast of the 1957 NFL Championship Game, stated that Scott started broadcasting when he was only 17 years old.) Following a stint in the U.S. Army during World War II, he moved to Pittsburgh, where he did play-by-play for Carnegie Tech and University of Pittsburgh football and Duquesne University basketball.

Green Bay Packers and CBS Sports

Scott’s first NFL broadcasts came in 1953 over the DuMont network; three years later he began doing play-by-play on Packers broadcasts for CBS,

Scott was paired primarily with Tony Canadeo on Packers telecasts. As the team’s play-by-play announcer, Scott broadcast Super Bowl I and II for CBS, along with the brutally cold “Ice Bowl” NFL championship game of 1967. It was during this period that his terse, minimalist style (e.g. : “Starr . . . Dowler . . . Touchdown, Green Bay!”) developed its greatest following. It also earned him a reputation as the “King of Understatement”. Scott was also known for only occasionally using team names while broadcasting, more often identifying them by their city.

In 1968, CBS ended its practice of assigning dedicated announcing crews to particular teams. Scott became the play-by-play announcer on CBS’ lead NFL broadcast team. He was partnered with Paul Christman in 1968 and 1969 and Pat Summerall from 1970 to 1973. During his tenure with CBS he called four Super Bowls, seven NFL (later NFC) championship games, and the 1961 Orange Bowl; he also called major college bowl games for ABC and NBC during this period.


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