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February 21, 2006

Curt Gowdy Special Honors, Awards, Achievements & Family

Curt Gowdy Special Honors, Awards, Achievements & Family

20 Halls of Fame honors (see separate list w/specifics)

The first individual sports figure to win the coveted Peabody Award for Outstanding Journalistic Achievement - 1969

Curt Gowdy State Park, an 11,000 acre near Cheyenne, Wyoming named in Curt's honor - 1972.  In early 2006 the state bought additional land for expansion --

Honorary Degree in Law from the University of Wyoming -- 1972

The American Fishing Tackle Manufacturers Assoc. cites Gowdy as the man who had done the most to promote fishing in America -- 1976

Became the sixth person to receive the John Bunn Award for his contributions to the game of basketball; outside of enshrinement it's the most prestigious award presented by the Basketball Hall of Fame - 1978

Served as president of the Basketball Hall of Fame for seven years 1978 - 1985

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame named two Curt Gowdy electronic and print media awards presented annually for excellence in basketball journalism. (official names: Curt Gowdy Electronic Media Award & Curt Gowdy Print Media Award - originating in 1990

Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award presented by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences --- 1991

Named "Fisherman of the Year" by the Sport Fishing Institute for his continuing promotion of fishing and his conservation efforts, for increasing "the knowledge and awareness needed to make a difference in preserving sport fishery resources for generations to come." --- 1991

National Football League's "Pete Rozelle Pro Football Radio-Television Award" for long time exceptional contributions to broadcasting or telecasting professional football - 1993

Outdoor Writers Association of America's Excellence in Craft Award -- 1997

Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Ted Williams Museum and Hitters Hall of Fame - 1999 ---

Bill Teegans Excellence in Sportsmanship Award from the Oklahoma Sports Museum - 2004

Distinguished Citizen of the Year by the Boy Scouts of America, Gulf Stream Council, Palm Beach, Fla. -- 2005

Seven times named National Sportscaster of the Year as voted by his peers
Awarded 13 Emmys, including six for ABC's The American Sportsman

As owner of seven radio stations (Boston, Mass., WCCM-AM first station purchased in 1963, WCGY-FM launched 1974; Portsmouth, N.H., WBBX-AM; Laramie, Wyoming, KOWB-AM and KCGY-FM; and West Palm Beach, Fla., WEAT- AM & FM), stressed a commitment to community spirit. Gowdy, his family and his broadcast personnel at the stations have been honored with hundreds of community service awards for countless hours of public service to charities, humanitarian efforts, non-profit organizations and community support.

Gowdy's career spans the sporting spectrum and includes TV and radio broadcast coverage of more major sports events than anyone in history.

  • 16 World Series 
  • 12 Rose Bowls
  • 9 Super Bowls 
  • 8 Olympic Games
  • 16 Baseball All-Star Games
  • 24 NCAA Final Four 

Among the height of his career he broadcast many of sports memorable moments including the Boston Red Sox's Ted Williams' last at bat in 1960 which ended with a home run for the "Splendid Splinter"; Super Bowl III in 1969 as the AFL's Joe Namath guaranteed a N.Y. Jets win over the NFL's Baltimore Colts; "The Amazing" New York Mets shocking the Baltimore Orioles in five games in the 1969 World Series; and broadcasting Hank Aaron's 715th home run in 1974 that thrust him past Babe Ruth.

Graduated from the Univ. of Wyoming in 1942 with a degree in business

Member of America's Leadership Development Fraternity Alpha Tau Omega fraternity at Wyoming

Began broadcasting career covering six-man high school football in Cheyene, Wyoming, and later other high school sports on KFBC-AM - 1944 - 1946 

Also worked as a sports reporter and later as sports editor for Wyoming (Cheyenne) Eagle 1944-1946

First big break in sports broadcasting was accepting sports position at KOMA-AM in Oklahoma City to broadcast the football games of Bud Wilkinson's Oklahoma University teams and Hank Iba's champion Oklahoma State basketball squads. 1946-1949

Became radio color analyst for NY Yankees (w/ Mel Allen) - 1949-1951

Radio color voice for CBS network coverage of football (w/ Red Barber) - 1949-1951

Broadcast the first TV of both the NIT and the NCAA finals from Madison Square Garden in the first and only double slam of the two tournaments won by City College of New York -- 1950
Radio & TV voice of Boston Red Sox for 15 years - 1951-1966

First radio voice of the Boston Celtics - 1951

Network play-by-play announcer for 10- years for American Football League - 1960 - (w/ Paul Christman) and was still the number one team (w/ Al DeRogatis) 1969 when AFL merged with NFL; continued as a lead broadcaster in NFL.

Host of ABC-TV network's Wide World of Sports in early 1960's

Play-by-play for new NCAA college football series 1961 - 1962

Host and producer of ABC-TV network's The American Sportsman spanning three decades beginning in 1963 and running into the late 1980s

Ten years as the voice of NBC-TVs Game of the Week (ML baseball) (w/Tony Kubek) - 1966-1975

First sportscaster to work for two networks (ABC & NBC) at the same time      beginning in 1966

Worked for all three networks in radio and TV (ABC, NBC and CBS),

Hosted the sports series The Way it Was on PBS-TV -- 1974-1978

Hosted HBO Sports series Inside the NFL

Hosted ESPN Classic's series Sports Century

Author of two books:

  • Cowboy at the Mike (w/Al Hirshberg) - 1966
  • Seasons to Remember (w/John Powers) --1993

Contributing writer to countless books, magazines and newspaper features

Filmography as an Actor:

  • Summer Catch - 2001 
  • BASEketball - 1998   
  • An American Summer -- 1990
  • Great Moments in Basketball -- 1989
  • The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! -- 1988 
  • Heaven Can Wait -- 1978

Introduced to freshwater fly fishing by his father (Edward) in 1926 at the age of 8 on rivers of native state of Wyoming; continued fishing

Introduced to saltwater fly fishing in St. Petersburg, Fla. while on spring training with the NY Yankees in 1949.  Through friendship with Ted Williams when the Red Sox trained in Sarasota he was introduced to southwest Florida and the Florida Keys for snook, bonefish, permit and tarpon fishing.

His love for fishing Florida and the Florida Keys became the venues of many episodes across three decades of The American Sportsman series, building huge awareness for the state's waters.

Continued his love for fishing the Florida Keys as the celebrity host of the Redbone Celebrity Tournament Series (for cystic fibrosis research efforts) and the Boy Scout Backbone Celebrity Classic

In tribute to his many years with the Cheeca Redbone, the Curt Gowdy Lounge, a popular sports and anglers oceanfront bar was named after him at the Cheeca Lodge in Islamorada in the Florida Keys.


  • Served on Board of Advisors for National Foundation for Conservation Environmental Officers
  • Chairman of American League of Anglers, a conservation group to preserve outdoors and fishing
  • Trustee on the Buffalo Bill Memorial Association since 1975
  • Trustee International Game Fish Association (IGFA) since 1985
  • Founding member of Ducks Unlimited (???)
  • Founding member of Bonefish & Tarpon Unlimited

Born Curtis Edward Gowdy, 7/31/1919 in Green River, Wyoming to Edward Curtis Gowdy and Ruth Smith Gowdy
Curt was the older of two children with sister Margaret Gowdy

Married Geraldine Dawkins Gowdy (Jerre) in 1951. 
Curt Gowdy Children- (3)

  • Cheryl Ann Gowdy (daughter)
  • Curtis Edward Gowdy, Jr. (son), Karen Morris Gowdy (wife)
  • Trevor Allen Gowdy (son), Geraldine Flynn Gowdy (wife)

Curt Gowdy Grandchildren- (5)

  • Katherine (Katie) Redmond Gowdy (granddaughter - Curt, Jr's daughter)
  • Charlotte Taylor  Gowdy (granddaughter - Curt, Jr's daughter)
  • Grace Elizabeth Gowdy (granddaughter - Curt, Jr's daughter)
  • Alexa Hollingsworth Gowdy (granddaughter - Trevors daughter)
  • Trevor Curtis Gowdy (grandson- Trevors son)

Homes in Boston, Mass., and Sugar Hill, N.H. (summer) and Palm Beach, Fla., (winter)

  • Member of Masonic Lodge in Wellesley, Mass
  • Member of Boston Shriners
  • Jimmy Fund for Dana Farber
  • Trustee of Children's Cancer Research Foundation
  • Trustee of Lahey Medical Clinic
  • Honorary chairman for the Epilepsy Association
  • Overseer for Boston Museum of Fine Arts
  • Redbone Celebrity Fishing tournament series (Fla. Keys) for cystic fibrosis
  • Boy Scouts of America

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