(Fort Myers, Florida-AP) February 20, 2006 - A legendary sports broadcaster has died.
The Boston Red Sox say Curt Gowdy passed away at age 86 at his Palm Beach, Florida, home following a battle with leukemia.
The longtime voice of the Red Sox made his broadcast debut in 1944. Gowdy became the main play-by-play voice on the Red Sox broadcast team in 1951, a job he eventually left in 1966 for a ten-year stint as Game of the Week announcer for NBC.
Gowdy called 13 World Series and 16 All-Star games for the network. Gowdy was also NBC's number-one announcer on its NFL broadcasts and the long-time host of the "American Sportsman" series.