Outstanding Northwest radio and TV sports broadcaster for
over 50 years. He covered UW sports, Major League and Pacific Coast League
baseball, Seattle University basketball in the "O'Brien" era, hydroplane
races and other major NW events. Voted State of Washington Sportscaster of
the Year for three consecutive years during his tenture as KING-TV sports
director. Radio voice of the San Francisco 49'ers for one year and a color
commentator on the 1964 NBC-TV Rose Bowl telecast.
Recognized as a pro's pro in the sports broadcasting field.
He was the original voice of the Seattle Supersonics. His nearly 60 year old
career includes announcing over 7000 sports events and 2359 NBA games. His
play-by-play coverage includes all major professional and collegiate sports.
During 25 years with the Sonics, he was acclaimed among NBA's top three
Easily the dean of Northwest
sports writers after a career of nearly 60 years, he gained wide renown for
his versatility. A veritable globetrotter, he traveled to many nations while
spcializing in covering the Olympic Games and heavyweight championship
fights for The Seattle P-I.
Inducted into the Seahawks Ring of Honor in
1992, Pete Gross served as the radio play-by- play "Voice of the Seahawks"
for 17 seasons: from the Seahawks inaugural 1976 season through 1992. One of
the most beloved people to have ever been associated with the Seahawks
franchise, fans will never forget his numerous "touchdown Seahawks" calls.
Over his 17 seasons, Gross called all but the five games he missed in 1992
while battling cancer. His career included eight playoff games, and in the
1983 season Gross came within one game of the Super Bowl when Seattle faced
the Los Angeles Raiders in the AFC Championship game. The Seahawks lost that
Gross was diagnosed with cancer in 1989, and
he succumbed to the disease in 1992, just three days after his induction. He
was inducted into the Ring during a Monday Night Football game against the
Denver Broncos, a game the 2-14 Seahawks won in overtime.
Prior to moving to the Seahawks, Gross was
the play-by-play voice of the University of Washington in both football and
basketball. He came to Seattle after calling play-by-play for the University
of the Pacific. Gross' legacy remains; the Seahawks are actively involved
with the Pete Gross House. The Pete Gross House, which opened in November of
1999, is a 69-unit apartment complex that provides housing for families
undergoing treatment at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The Pete
Gross House is also the location of the Hutch School, a fully accredited K
through 12 school for cancer patients and their siblings.
The Seahawks took an active roll in seeing
the project through to completion and annually hold the "Pete Gross House
Luncheon" to raise funds for the continued upkeep of the facility.
Called Tacoma's all-purpose ambassador and sports treasure,
his radio and television sportscasting career extended over 55 years. He
also was a sports writer with several local daily newspapers including The
Tacoma Times. He was one of the founders of the Tacoma Athletic Commission
in the 1940's. His signature feat was establishing the State of Washington
Sports Hall of Fame.
Regarded as a broadcast cult figure for over 50 years in the
profession. His exciting radio career took him from his native Seattle to
New York and Philadelphia. He was the first play-by-play sportscaster for
the old American Football League. He covered major boxing on ABC radio and
TV. He graduated from the University of Washington in 1941 and retired from
broadcasting in Hawaii after gaining national prominence in the field.
Bruce King spent 30 years
as Sports Director/Anchor at KOMO-TV where he hosted the University of Washington weekly
football and basketball shows and did the radio and television play-by-play of
Husky football and basketball games.
Bruce also hosted a weekly Monday Night Seahawk Coach's Show on television, and covered the Sonics (including their
1978-79 NBA Championship Season), the Mariners, the Sounders, Seattle University
and Seattle Pacific University on a daily basis. In addition, he also hosted and
presented the KOMO Prep Athlete
of the Month Award.
King received numerous accolades during his
career including being a four-time Sportscaster of the Year winner in the state
of Washington. With his trademark smile, Bruce has continued to volunteer his
time as a guest speaker, emcee,
celebrity judge, host &/or participant in community and charity events.
His was a rasping monotone,
but Leo Lassen's descriptions of Seattle Rainiers' baseball games gained him
radio audiences of incredible proportions during the 1930's '40s and '50s in
the Puget Sound area. And he was sorely missed when he departed the
microphone in 1961. Leo started as a sportswriter and got into broadcasting
One of state's most prolific sports authors, specializing in
football and boxing histories. The native Tacoman wrote over 30 books,
several major book club selections. He spent a dozen years in New York City
covering major sports for the NEA syndicate. Won varsity letters in wresting
and baseball for WSU in the 1940s.
One of the most revered sports editors and columnists in the
State of Washington. He spent over 35 years with the Seattle Times covering
all sports including nine Olympic Games. His sports interest stemmed from
boyhood where his father was a professional boxer. In his collegiate days he
served as sports information director at the College of Pacific under famed
coach Amos Alonzo Stagg.
Legendary Inland Empire sports
editor and columnist. He spend nearly 30 years with the Spokesman-Review in
Spokane, retiring in 1982. He was six-days-a-week sports columnist covering
Washington State University, University of Idaho and Gonzaga
University sports. An accomplished golfer, winner of numerous titles, he has
written for Golf Digest and other publications. His career spanned over a
foremost aptly describes the Seattle Mariners outstanding
play-by-play broadcaster. For nearly three decades he has
been the lead announcer for the M's and is recognized as of
the best and most exciting in the game. His expressions like
"My Oh My" and "It will fly away" for home runs is familiar
throughout the Northwest. One of the first members of the
Mariners Hall of Fame. His broadcast credits are numerous.
One of the deans of the state's
sports writers, he covered the sports scence for over a half century. Nearly
all of his career was with the Seattle Times. He's been called a newsman's
newsman by his peers.
Acknowledged as one of the top TV and radio play-byplay
announcers in the Northwest. The long-time voice of WSU
Cougar football and basketball since 1964, he has been named
State Sportscaster of the Year 12 times. He has covered all
major sports in the region including Pacific Coast League
baseball, Seattle Totems hockey and Seattle Sounders soccer.
In 2004, he won the Chris Schenkel National Football
Foundation award and is a member of the broadcaster’s wing
of the College Hall of Fame.
Emmett Watson was Seattle's
preeminent newspaper columnist for more than 50 years, covering sports for both the Seattle Times and
P-I. Baseball was his particular passion. He was Fred Hutchinson's catcher at Franklin High
School before Hutchinson went on to a storied career as a Major League pitcher and
manager. Watson played for the University
of Washington and later had a cup of coffee
with the Seattle Rainiers. The curve ball, he said, ended his career, despite his manger's opinion
that behind the plate Watson "had a good squat."
He was more skilled behind the typewriter. Through his influential column,
Watson campaigned for Major League baseball in Seattle. When it
arrived, it stayed for a single season, 1969, and the Seattle Pilots then absconded to
Milwaukee. Subsequently, Watson provided stalwart support to his friend, U.S. District Judge Bill Dwyer,
who sued the American League on behalf of city, county, and state citizens for taking their
team away. As a result of that landmark suit, Seattle was awarded the franchise that became the
Seattle Mariners in 1977.
The Mariners, the Seahawks, and the Huskies never had a better friend than
A former College of Puget Sound baseball star who had a
distinguised career as a sportswriter for the Tacoma News Tribune and the
Chicago Sun-Times. He was in charge of the Western Open golf tournament for
10 years. He also served as Commissioner of the AFL pro football league.