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Encyclopedia > Howard Cosell
Howard Cosell
Born March 25, 1918(1918-03-25)
Flag of North Carolina Winston-Salem, North Carolina, U.S.A.
Died April 23, 1995 (aged 77)
Flag of New York New York City, New York, U.S.A.

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Early life

Cosell was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and raised in Brooklyn, New York. His parents had wanted him to become a lawyer. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in English from New York University, where he was a member of Pi Lambda Phi. He then went to the New York University School of Law where he earned his JD, and was a member of the NYU Law Review. Nickname: Motto: Youre Something Special in Winston-Salem Location in North Carolina Coordinates: , Country State Counties Forsyth County Founded Consolidated 1766 Salem 1849 Winston 1913 Government  - Mayor Allen Joines (D) Area  - City  132. ... This article is about the borough of New York City. ... This article is about the state. ... For other degrees, see Academic degree. ... New York University (NYU) is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational research university in New York City. ... Pi Lambda Phi (ΠΛΦ or Pi Lam) is a college social fraternity founded by Frederick Manfred Werner, Louis Samter Levy, and Henry Mark Fisher at Yale University in 1895. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... “J.D.” redirects here. ...


Army

Cosell was admitted to the New York state bar in 1941, but when the U.S. entered World War II, Cosell entered the United States Army Transportation Corps, where he was quickly promoted to the rank of major, becoming one of the youngest majors to serve at that time. During his time in the service, he married Mary Abrams in 1944. For other uses, see 1941 (disambiguation). ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... The United States Army Transportation Corps was established July 31, 1942 by Executive Order 9082. ... Year 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Career

After the war, Cosell began practicing law in Manhattan, primarily in union law. Some of his clients were actors, and some were athletes, including Willie Mays. Cosell's own hero in athletics was Jackie Robinson, who served as a personal and professional inspiration to him in his career. For other uses, see Manhattan (disambiguation). ... Willie Howard Mays, Jr. ... Jack Roosevelt Jackie Robinson (January 31, 1919 – October 24, 1972) became the first African-American major league baseball player of the modern era in 1947. ...


Cosell also represented the Little League of New York, when in 1953 an ABC Radio manager asked him to host a show on New York flagship WABC featuring Little League participants. Cosell hosted the show for three years without pay, and then decided to leave the law field to become a full-time broadcaster. The show marked the beginning of a relationship with WABC and ABC Radio that would last Cosell his entire broadcasting career. Little League Baseball - Logo Little League pitcher in Winesburg, Ohio Little League, Wayne, Michigan Little League Baseball is the name of a non-profit organization in the United States which organizes local childrens leagues of baseball and softball throughout the USA and the rest of the world. ... January 7 - President Harry S. Truman announces the United States has developed a hydrogen bomb. ... For other uses, see ABC Radio (disambiguation). ... WABC (770 kHz), known as NewsTalkRadio 77, is a radio station in New York City. ...


Cosell took his "tell-it-like-it-is" approach when he teamed with the infamous ex-Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher "Big Numba Thirteen" Ralph Branca on WABC-77's pre- and post-game radio shows of the New York Mets in their nascent years beginning in 1962. He pulled no punches in taking members of the hapless expansion team to task.


Otherwise on radio, Cosell did his show, Speaking of Sports, as well as sports reports and updates for affiliated radio stations around the country; he continued his radio duties even after he became prominent on television. Cosell then became a sports anchor at WABC-TV in New York, where he served in that role from 1961 to 1974. He expanded his commentary beyond sports to a radio show entitled "Speaking of Everything". , WABC-TV, channel 7, is the flagship station of the Walt Disney Company-owned American Broadcasting Company, located in New York City. ... See also: 1960 in television, other events of 1961, 1962 in television and the list of years in television. For the American network television schedule, please see 1961-62 American network television schedule. ... The year 1974 in television involved some significant events. ...


Cosell rose to prominence covering boxer Muhammad Ali, starting when he still fought under his birth name, Cassius Clay. The two seemed to be friends despite their very different personalities, and complimented each other in broadcasts. In a time when many sports broadcasters avoided touching social, racial, or other controversial issues, and kept a certain level of collegiality towards the sports figures they commented on, Cosell did not, and indeed built a reputation around his catchphrase: For other persons named Muhammad Ali, see Muhammad Ali (disambiguation). ... A catch phrase is a phrase or expression that is popularized, usually through repeated use, by a real person or fictional character. ...

I'm just telling it like it is.

Cosell's style of reporting very much transformed sports broadcasting. Whereas previous sportscasters had mostly been known for color commentary and lively play-by-play, Cosell had an intellectual approach. His use of analysis and context arguably brought television sports reporting very close to the kind of in-depth reporting one expected from "hard" news reporters. (More than once he was called "The Edward R. Murrow of sportscasting."[citation needed] At the same time, however, his distinctive voice (reminiscent of actor W.C. Fields), accent, syntax, and cadence were a form of color commentary all their own. A color (or colour) commentator is a member of the broadcasting team for a sporting event who assists the play-by-play announcer by filling in any time when play is not in progress. ... Play-by-play, in broadcasting, is a North American term and means the reporting of a sporting event with a voiceover describing the details of the action of the game in progress. ... Edward R. Ed Murrow (April 25, 1908 – April 27, 1965) was an American journalist and media figure. ... W. C. Fields (January 29, 1880 - December 25, 1946) was an American comedian and actor. ... For other uses, see Syntax (disambiguation). ...


Cosell earned his greatest enmity from the public when he backed Ali after the boxer's championship title was stripped from him for refusing military service during the Vietnam War. Cosell found vindication several years later when he was the one able to inform Ali that the United States Supreme Court had unanimously ruled in favor of Ali. Combatants Republic of Vietnam United States Republic of Korea Thailand Australia New Zealand The Philippines National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam Democratic Republic of Vietnam People’s Republic of China Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea Strength US 1,000,000 South Korea 300,000 Australia 48,000... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      The Supreme Court of the United States (sometimes colloquially referred to by the...


In February 1970, he was calling a world heavyweight title bout involving Joe Frazier and Jimmy Ellis for ABC's Wide World of Sports when he made a call that would sound familiar to another boxer just three years later. Year 1970 ([[Rf 1970 == January 1 - The Unix epoch begins at 00:00:00 UTC January 2 - The last studio performance of The Beatles oman numerals|MCMLXX]]) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... See also: 1969 in sports, other events of 1970, 1971 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Pete Hamilton won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Bobby Isaac Indianapolis 500 - Al Unser, Sr. ... James Albert Jimmy Ellis (1940-present) was an American prizefighter who held the World Boxing Association Heavyweight title from 1968 to 1970. ... ABCs Wide World of Sports is a long-running sports anthology show on American television. ...

Down Goes Ellis! Down Goes Ellis! He is beaten!

Perhaps his most famous call took place in the fight between Joe Frazier and George Foreman in Kingston, Jamaica in 1973. When Foreman knocked Frazier to the mat, Cosell yelled out For the Major League Baseball player and manager, see Joe Frazier (baseball) Joseph William Smokin Joe Frazier (born January 12, 1944 in Beaufort, South Carolina) is a former world heavyweight boxing champion, active mostly in the 1960s and 1970s. ... George Edward Foreman (born January 10, 1949) is an American two-time World Heavyweight Boxing Champion. ... The City of Kingston is the capital and largest city of Jamaica. ... See also: 1972 in sports, other events of 1973, 1974 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Richard Petty wins the Daytona 500 in which singer Marty Robbins made his first appearance as a driver. ...

Down Goes Frazier! Down Goes Frazier! Down Goes Frazier!

This became one of the most famous lines in sports broadcasting history.[citation needed]


One of Cosell's earliest boxing calls, that seems to have become forgotten[citation needed], came when he was on radio, calling the first Cassius Clay - Sonny Liston fight. When Liston sat on his stool refusing to answer the bell at the start of the seventh round, Cosell started screaming, "Wait a minute! Wait a minute! Sonny Liston's not coming out! Sonny Liston's not coming out! He's out! The winner and new heavyweight champion of the world is Cassius Clay!" At that point, he says[citation needed] that Les Keiter (his announcing partner) is heading up to the center of the ring.


During Cosell's tenure as a sportscaster, he maintained a feuding stance with legendary New York sports writer and columnist Dick Young, who rarely missed an opportunity to denigrate the broadcaster in print.

Howard Cosell in a post-game recap for the first Monday Night Football game in the 1970s.

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Monday Night Football/Later career

In 1970, ABC executive producer for sports Roone Arledge hired Cosell to be a commentator for Monday Night Football, the first time that American football was broadcast weekly in prime time. Cosell was accompanied most of the time by ex-football players Frank Gifford and "Dandy" Don Meredith. The 1970 NFL season was the 51st regular season of the National Football League, and the first one after the AFL-NFL Merger. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... Roone Arledge (July 8, 1931 – December 5, 2002) was an American sports broadcasting pioneer who was chairman of ABC News from 1977 until his death, and a key part of the companys rise to competition with the two other main broadcasting stations, NBC and CBS, in the 60s, 70s... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Monday Night Football (MNF) is a live television broadcast of the National Football League. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Prime time is the block of programming on television during the middle of the evening. ... Francis Newton Gifford (born August 16, 1930 in Santa Monica, California) was an American football player and one of the better-known American sports commentators in the latter part of the 20th century who made the transition from an athlete to broadcasting. ... Joseph Don Dandy Don Meredith (born April 10, 1938 in Mount Vernon, Texas) was an American football quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, football commentator, and entertainer. ...


Cosell was openly contemptuous of ex-athletes appointed to prominent sportscasting roles solely on account of their playing fame, coining the term "jockocracy" [citation needed] to describe the ever increasing practice. He regularly clashed on-air with Meredith, whose style was in sharp contrast to Cosell's.


The Cosell-Meredith dynamic helped make Monday Night Football a success; it frequently was the number one rated program in the Nielsen ratings. Cosell's inimitable style distinguished Monday Night Football from previous sports programming, and ushered in an era of more colorful broadcasters and 24/7 TV sports coverage. When TV viewers or entertainment professionals in the United States mention ratings they are often referring to Nielsen Ratings, a system developed by Nielsen Media Research to determine the audience size and composition of television programming. ...


Olympics

Along with Monday Night Football, Cosell worked the Olympics for ABC. He played a key role on ABC's coverage of the Palestinian terror group Black September's mass murder of Israeli athletes in Munich at 1972; providing reportage directly from the Olympic Village (his image can be seen and voice heard in Steven Spielberg's film about the terror attack). In 1976 Summer Games in Montreal, Cosell was the main voice for boxing. He performed the sportscasting duties for Sugar Ray Leonard's victorious gold medal winning bout. The expression Black September may refer to: Black September in Jordan, the conflict between Palestinian guerrilla organizations and King Hussein of Jordan that began in September 1970 and ended in July 1971 with the expulsion of the PLO to Lebanon. ... The Munich massacre occurred during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany, when members of the Israeli Olympic team were taken hostage by the Palestinian terrorist group Black September, a group with ties to Yasser Arafat’s Fatah organization. ... The 1972 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XX Olympiad, were held in Munich, West Germany, from 26 August to 11 September 1972. ... Munich is a 2005 drama film starring Eric Bana. ... The 1976 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXI Olympiad, were held in 1976 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ... There were eleven boxing events at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ... Ray Charles Leonard (born May 17, 1956 in Wilmington, North Carolina) is a retired professional boxer. ...


"The Bronx is Burning"

Game 2 of the 1977 World Series took place in blustery Yankee Stadium on October 12, 1977. An hour or so before game time, a fire started in Public School Number 3, an abandoned elementary school a few blocks from the ball park. By the time the game began at 8 p.m., the building was fully involved and the fire had gone to five alarms. A helicopter-mounted camera lingered on the scene for a few seconds and Cosell, who was calling the series for ABC, intoned in a weary voice, "There it is, ladies and gentlemen, The Bronx is burning." 1977 World Series Logo The 1977 World Series matched the New York Yankees against the Los Angeles Dodgers, with the Yankees winning in six games to capture their first title since 1962, and their 21st overall. ... This is about the stadium the New York Yankees currently play in. ... is the 285th day of the year (286th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1977 throughout the world. ... For other uses, see The Bronx (disambiguation). ...


Cosell misidentified the building as a tenement, many of which had indeed burned down in recent years as landlords fled the borough and burned their buildings for the insurance money. Cosell's comment seemed to capture the widespread sensibility that New York was on the skids and in a permanent state of decline. Author Jonathan Mahler abridged the quote using it as the title for his 2005 book on New York in 1977, Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bronx is Burning. ESPN produced a 2007 mini-series based on the book called The Bronx is Burning. // Events February 25 - Canada Reads selects Rockbound by Frank Parker Day as the novel to be read across the nation. ... ESPN/ESPN-DT, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an [[United States|Amer<nowiki>Insert non-formatted text here--68. ... The Bronx Is Burning is a television drama that debuted on ESPN on July 9, 2007 following the 2007 MLB Home Run Derby. ...


Lennon's death

At 9:30 p.m. on December 8, 1980, during a game between the Miami Dolphins and the New England Patriots, Cosell stunned millions by announcing the murder of John Lennon live while performing his regular commentating duties on Monday Night Football: is the 342nd day of the year (343rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... City Miami Gardens, Florida Other nicknames The Fins Team colors Aqua, Coral, White and Navy Head Coach liljimjim Owner Wayne Huizenga General manager Randy Mueller Mascot T.D. League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1966-1969) Eastern Division (1966-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present... City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Bill Belichick (de facto) Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ...

This, we have to say it, remember this is just a football game, no matter who wins or loses. An unspeakable tragedy, confirmed to us by ABC News in New York City: John Lennon, outside of his apartment building on the West Side of New York City, the most famous, perhaps, of all The Beatles, shot twice in the back, rushed to Roosevelt Hospital, dead ... on ... arrival.

Lennon had appeared on Monday Night Football during the December 9, 1974 telecast and was interviewed for a short breakaway segment by Cosell. NFL redirects here. ... ABC News Special Report ident, circa 2006 ABC News is a division of American television and radio network ABC, owned by The Walt Disney Company. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... St. ... is the 343rd day of the year (344th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ...


Non-sports related appearances

Cosell's colorful personality and distinctive nasal voice were featured to fine comedic effect in a sports-themed episode of the ABC TV series The Odd Couple, as well as in the Woody Allen film Bananas. Such was his celebrity that while he never appeared on the show, Cosell's name was frequently used as an all-purpose answer on the popular 1970s game show Match Game. The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... The Odd Couple was a television situation comedy broadcast from September 24, 1970 to July 4, 1975 on ABC. It starred Tony Randall as Felix Unger and Jack Klugman as Oscar Madison. ... Woody Allen (born Allen Stewart Königsberg on December 1, 1935) is a three-time Academy Award-winning American film director, writer, actor, jazz musician, comedian, and playwright. ... Bananas is a film written and directed by Woody Allen in 1971 and starring him and Louise Lasser. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... Quiz show redirects here. ... The Match Game was an American television game show, most often hosted by Gene Rayburn. ...


Cosell's national fame was further boosted in the fall of 1975 when Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell aired late Saturday nights on ABC. The show was similar in many ways to a show NBC had launched, NBC's Saturday Night, which would later become the far more well-known Saturday Night Live. Despite bringing a young comedian, Billy Crystal, to national prominence, the show was canceled after three months. Cosell later hosted the 1984-1985 season finale of Saturday Night Live. The year 1975 in television involved some significant events. ... Saturday Night Live With Howard Cosell was a program that ran on ABC until 1976, hosted by Howard Cosell. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... This article is about the television network. ... This article is about the American television series. ... For the American political commentator, see William Kristol. ... This article is about the American television series. ...


Beginning in 1976, Cosell hosted the series of specials known as Battle of the Network Stars. The two-hour specials pitted stars from each of the three broadcast networks against each other in various physical and mental competitions. Cosell hosted all but one of the nineteen specials, including the final one airing in 1988. See also: 1975 in television, other events of 1976, 1977 in television and the list of years in television. For the American network television schedule, please see 1976-77 American network television schedule. ... Battle of the Network Stars was the name of a number of U.S. television specials featuring competitions among teams of popular television performers representing the three major broadcast networks at that time: ABC, CBS, and NBC. The ABC specials were first broadcast in November 1976, with subsequent episodes airing... This is a list of television-related events in 1988. ...


Controversy

Criticism of Boxing

Cosell denounced professional boxing in a November 26, 1982 bout between Larry Holmes and a clearly out-matched Randall "Tex" Cobb. The fight was held two weeks after the the fatal fight between Ray Mancini and Duk Koo Kim, and Cosell famously asked the rhetorical question, For other senses of these words, see boxing (disambiguation) or boxer (disambiguation). ... See also: 1981 in sports, other events of 1982, 1983 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: NASCAR Championship - Darrell Waltrip Bobby Allison won the Daytona 500 CART Racing - Rick Mears won the season championship Indianapolis 500 - Gordon Johncock Formula One Champion - Keke... For the politician and activist, see Larry Holmes (Marxist). ... Randall Tex Cobb (born May 7, 1950 in Abilene, Texas) is an American prizefighter from Texas. ... Ray Mancini (born March 4, 1961) is an Italian American former boxer from the south side of Youngstown, Ohio. ... Media:Example. ...

I wonder if that referee is [conducting] an advertisement for the abolition of the very sport that he is a part of?

Major boxing reforms were implemented, the most important of which allows referees to stop clearly one-sided fights early in order to protect the health of the fighters, while in amateur boxing, one-sided fights automatically stopped when one fighter had a score considerably higher than his opponent. Hitherto, only the "ring" physician had had such authority. Another change was the reduction of championship bouts from 15 rounds (the fatal blows to Kim were in Rounds 13 and 14) to 12 rounds by the WBC. The WBA and WBO did the same quickly, and the IBF doing so in 1988. WBC logo mark “WBC” redirects here. ... World Boxing Association (WBA) is a boxing organization that sanctions official matches, and awards the WBA world championship title, at the professional level. ... The World Boxing Organization (WBO) is one of the sanctioning organizations currently recognizing world boxing champions. ... IBF redirects here. ...


The "little monkey" incident

Cosell drew criticism during one Monday Night Football telecast in September 1983, for stating "look at that little monkey go," when he referred to a play by receiver Alvin Garrett of the Washington Redskins regarding a run after a reception. While some saw "little monkey" as a racial slur, others who knew Cosell were quick to point out that he used this term routinely in an approving way to describe quicker, smaller players of all ethnicities. Among the evidence adduced to support this claim is video footage of a 1972 preseason game, between the New York Giants and the Kansas City Chiefs, during which Cosell refers to Mike Adamle, a 5-foot-9-inch, 197-pound caucasian male, as a "little monkey." Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... The 1983 NFL season was the 64th regular season of the National Football League. ... Alvin Garrett (born 1956) is a former American Football wide receiver who played six seasons for the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins from 1980 to 1984. ... For other uses, see Redskins (disambiguation). ... Terms of disparagement are pejorative terms such as yid, kike, nigger, whore, slut, fag and queer whose use usually arouses painful feelings in the target, members of the targeted group or sympathizers. ... The 1972 NFL season was the 53rd regular season of the National Football League. ... This article is about the current National Football League team. ... City Kansas City, Missouri Team colors Red, white and yellow Head Coach Herman Edwards Owner The Hunt Family (Clark Hunt, chairman)[1] General manager Carl Peterson Mascot K.C. Wolf (1989-present) Warpaint (1963-1988) League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League... Michael David Adamle (born October 4, 1949, in Euclid, Ohio) is a sports reporter and announcer. ...


Perhaps due to the strain of this controversy, Cosell left Monday Night Football shortly before the start of the 1984 NFL season, claiming that the NFL had "become a stagnant bore."[citation needed] His duties were then reduced to only baseball, horse racing, and a sports news program called Sportsbeat. Howard Cosell never got a chance to commentate a Super Bowl, as by the time ABC finally got into the Super Bowl rotation with Super Bowl XIX, Cosell was already gone from Monday Night Football. The 1984 NFL season was the 65th regular season of the National Football League. ... Major League Baseball on ABCs Wide World of Sports. ... Date January 20, 1985 Stadium Stanford Stadium City Stanford, California MVP Joe Montana, Quarterback Favorite 49ers by 3 National anthem Childrens Choir of Los Angeles Coin toss Ronald Reagan (via satellite from the White House) and Hugh McElhenny Referee Pat Haggerty Halftime show World of Childrens Dreams with...


I Never Played the Game and reaction

After writing the book I Never Played the Game, which chronicled his disenchantment with fellow commentators on Monday Night Football, among other things, he was taken off scheduled announcing duties for the 1985 World Series (Tim McCarver subsequently took his spot) and was released by ABC television shortly thereafter. In I Never Played the Game Cosell coined the word "jockocracy" to describe how athletes were given announcing jobs that they had not earned. Dates: October 19 – October 27 MVP: Bret Saberhagen (Kansas City) Television: ABC Announcers: Al Michaels, Tim McCarver and Jim Palmer Umpires: Umpires: Don Denkinger (AL), Billy Williams (NL), Jim McKean (AL), Bob Engel (NL), John Shulock (AL), Jim Quick (NL) ALCS: Kansas City Royals over Toronto Blue Jays (4-3... James Timothy McCarver (born October 16, 1941 in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American former Major League and minor league baseball catcher, and a current broadcaster for FOX Sports. ...


In his later years, Cosell briefly hosted his own television talk show, Speaking of Everything, authored his last book What's Wrong With Sports, and continued to appear on radio and television, becoming more outspoken about his criticisms of sports in general.


Later life

Cosell was the 1995 recipient of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. The Arthur Ashe Courage Award is an award that is part of the ESPY Awards. ...


After his wife of 46 years, Mary Edith Abrams Cosell, known as "Emmy", died in the fall of 1990, Cosell appeared in public less and less until his passing away in 1995 from a heart embolism at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... In medicine, an embolism occurs when an object (the embolus, plural emboli) migrates from one part of the body (through circulation) and cause(s) a blockage (occlusion) of a blood vessel in another part of the body. ... Beth Israel Medical Center is a hospital in New York. ...


Cultural references

Two brothers... One speaks no English, the other learned English from watching Wide World of Sports. So you tell me... Which is better, speaking no English at all, or speaking Howard Cosell?

Cosell's voice was provided by legendary impressionist Rich Little. Little would later appear as himself on the episode "Raging Bender" of the animated series Futurama as a wrestling announcer, modeling his speaking style on Cosell's. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... On December 8, 1976, Richard and Karen Carpenters very first television special was to be aired. ... Richard Lynn Carpenter (b. ... For the slang term, see Muppet (slang). ... The Codename: Kids Next Door logo. ... Crash Tag Team Racing, released in Japan as Crash Bandicoot: Gatchanko World ) is a racing game for three of the four sixth generation video game consoles and the PlayStation Portable. ... Anthropomorphism, also referred to as personification or prosopopeia, is the attribution of human characteristics to inanimate objects, animals, forces of nature, and others. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Ben Folds Five (1994–2000) was a trio formed in Chapel Hill, North Carolina who were a mainstay of piano rock until their breakup in 2000. ... Ben Folds Five is the self-titled debut album by Ben Folds Five, released in 1995. ... // Back to the Future, starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson Rambo: First Blood Part II, starring Sylvester Stallone Rocky IV, starring Sylvester Stallone The Color Purple, starring Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, Oprah Winfrey, Margaret Avery, Rae Dawn Chong, Adolph Caesar Out of Africa, starring Meryl Streep and... Better Off Dead is a 1985 teen cult black comedy starring John Cusack, written and directed by Savage Steve Holland. ... This article is about the actor. ... Rich Little performing (as George Burns) in 2004 Richard Caruthers Rich Little (born November 26, 1938) is a Canadian comedian best known for his celebrity impersonations. ... Raging Bender is episode 8 in season 2 of Futurama. ... This article is about the television series. ...

  • Cosell plays himself in two episodes of the television series The Odd Couple starring Jack Klugman and Tony Randall. Always seen battling with Klugman's character Oscar Madison, he once referred to Felix Unger (Randall's character) as an "inane drone." Translation according to Felix: "a dull bee."
  • Cosell was the butt of many jokes on mid-1970s game show hit, Match Game.
  • In an episode of the Warner Bros./Fox Kids Network 1991 weekday Beetlejuice cartoon, the pilot weekday episode featured a bodybuilding contest with "Howard Grossnell" as the commentator.
  • The feature film Ali features Jon Voight as Howard Cosell to a very close degree, enough to earn him an Academy Award nomination.
  • Cosell appears as himself in the 1971 film Bananas with Woody Allen. He played a sportscaster covering the assassination of a foreign leader at the start of the film and the consummation of Allen's character's marriage at the end. (He was said to be uneasy about doing that role, fearing it would be distasteful, but Allen was persuasive).
  • Cosell had a cameo of sorts in Allen's 1973 film Sleeper. Awakening 200 years in the future, Allen's character is shown a clip of a Cosell commentary, and asked to confirm whether watching clips like these were a form of punishment for wrongdoers. He confirms it.
  • The TNT feature film Monday Night Mayhem is about Cosell and the genesis of Monday Night Football on ABC in 1970. Cosell is portrayed by John Turturro.
  • Through the use of body doubles and old sound clips Cosell was able to help "call" the three fictitious games produced by NFL Films for their 1999 Matchup of the Millennium series.

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Quotation

"Sports is human life in microcosm." Howard Cosell

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NAME Cosell, Howard William
ALTERNATIVE NAMES Cohen, Howard William
SHORT DESCRIPTION American sportscaster
DATE OF BIRTH March 25, 1918
PLACE OF BIRTH Winston-Salem, North Carolina
DATE OF DEATH April 23, 1995
PLACE OF DEATH New York, New York

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Howard Cosell - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1284 words)
Cosell was admitted to the New York state bar in 1941, but when the U.S. entered World War II, Cosell entered the United States Army Transportation Corps, where he was promoted to the rank of sergent.
Cosell earned his greatest enmity from the public when he backed Ali after the boxer's championship title was stripped from him for refusing military service during the Vietnam War.
Cosell found vindication several years later when he was the one able to inform Ali that the United States Supreme Court had unanimously ruled in favor of Ali.
washingtonpost.com: Howard Cosell Dies at 77 (1435 words)
Howard Cosell, who was one of the first network television sports announcers to, in his own words, "tell it like it is," died yesterday morning at New York University's Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York City.
Cosell, a pioneering broadcast sports journalist, frequently was the target of critics in the print media, mostly for promoting sports he later attacked and dropping the names of famous people he considered friends.
Cosell, the grandson of a rabbi, was born Howard William Cohen in Winston-Salem, N.C., on March 25, 1918, the son of Isadore and Nellie Cohen.
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