Joseph Francis Buck is an American sportscaster and the son of Jack Buck. He is known for his work with Fox Sports, including his roles as lead play-by-play announcer for the network’s National Football League and Major League Baseball coverage. Since 2016, he has been paired with color analyst John Smoltz for Fox’s coverage of the World Series, the All-Star Game and one of the Championship Championship games.
About Joe Buck in brief
Joseph Francis Buck is an American sportscaster and the son of Jack Buck. He is known for his work with Fox Sports, including his roles as lead play-by-play announcer for the network’s National Football League and Major League Baseball coverage. He has also worked with former MLB player and current Fox Sports analyst Harold Reynolds. Since 2016, he has been paired with color analyst John Smoltz for Fox’s coverage of the World Series, the All-Star Game, and one of the Championship Championship games. In 1996, he became the youngest man to do a national broadcast for a World Series. He paid implicit tribute to his father, who had died a few months earlier, by calling the final out of Game 6 of the 2002 World Series with the phrase, \”We’ll see you tomorrow night. \” This was the same phrase with which Jack Buck had famously called Kirby Puckett’s home run off Braves pitcher Charlie Leibrandt which ended Game 6 in 1991. He also used the phrase at the end of the 2011 World Series when the Cardinals’ David Freese hit a walk-off home run in the 11th inning against the Rangers to send the series to a seventh game. In 2004, he called Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS, in which the Boston Red Sox famously rallied off New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera in the 9th inning to avoid elimination. Another notable Red Sox game in the ALCS was in 2013, Game 2 against the Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park.
His call included the words, \”Hard into right, back at the wall, then he calls, \”TIE GAME!\” as the ball flies over the outfield wall and over the Torii Hunter, who flipped over the wall and into the outfield. He calls a limited selection of regular-season games each year on Fox Sports Network, as well as the All Star Game, one Championship Championship Game and one World Series Game 2. In 1994, Buck was hired by Fox, and at the age of 25 became the young man ever to announce a regular slate of NFL games on network television. He worked with Tim McCarver for 18 seasons, teaming with former player and MLB writer Harold Reynolds and reporter Ken Rosenthal. In 1998, Buck called Mark McGwire’s 62nd home run that broke Roger Maris’ single-season record. That year, he was named Fox’s leadplay voice for Major League baseball. In 2008, it was announced that he would no longer be calling Cardinals telecasts for FSN Midwest. This marked the first time since 1960 that a member of the Buck family was not part of the team’s broadcasting crew. In 2009, Buck began calling Cardinals games on local television and KMOX Radio, filling in while his father was working on CBS telecasts. In the 1992–93 season he was the play-bys for University of Missouri basketball broadcasts. He continued to call Cardinals games after being hired byFox Sports, initially with his father on K MOX and later on FSN.