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Howard Cosell

  • Birthplace: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Birthday: March 25
Date of passing: 
April 23, 1995

Howard Cosell was an American sports journalist who was widely known for his blustery, cocksure personality.

Cosell is best remembered as one of the original lineup of commentators on ABC’s Monday Night Football, along with Frank Gifford and "Dandy" Don Meredith.

The New York Times described Cosell's effect on American sports coverage: "He entered sports broadcasting in the mid-1950s, when the predominant style was unabashed adulation, [and] offered a brassy counterpoint that was first ridiculed, then copied until it became the dominant note of sports broadcasting."

Howard Cosell was an American sports journalist who was widely known for his blustery, cocksure personality.

Cosell is best remembered as one of the original lineup of commentators on ABC’s Monday Night Football, along with Frank Gifford and "Dandy" Don Meredith.

The New York Times described Cosell's effect on American sports coverage: "He entered sports broadcasting in the mid-1950s, when the predominant style was unabashed adulation, [and] offered a brassy counterpoint that was first ridiculed, then copied until it became the dominant note of sports broadcasting."

In 1993, TV Guide named Howard Cosell The All-Time Best Sportscaster in its issue celebrating 40 years of television.

In 1996, Howard Cosell was ranked #47 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time.

Howard Cosell was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1994.

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Howard Cosell

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