Spencer Ross Inducted in 2009

Contributor Inducted in 2009
Spencer Ross Spencer Ross, Inducted into the NYC Hall of Fame in 2009
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For almost 40 years, Spencer Ross has called play-by-play for most of the New York and New Jersey sports franchises. His resume includes tenures with the Nets and Knicks of the NBA, the Americans of the ABA, the Devils, Islanders, and Rangers of the NHL, the CityHawks of the Arena Football League, the Golden Blades of the WHA, the Jets and Giants of the NFL, the Generals of the USFL, the Stars of the WFL, the New York Yankees, and the Sets of professional tennis. For the past three seasons, Ross has hosted Knicks pre-game, halftime, and post-game shows for MSG Radio on WFAN as well as displaying his unique play-by-play expertise. During the winter season, Ross can be heard filling in on the Ranger's radio play-by-play on WAN. In 1997 and 1998, Ross served as the TV and radio play-by-play voice of the New York City Hawks.

Spencer began his broadcast career by calling baseball and basketball games for the Florida State Seminoles while attending the university on a basketball scholarship. After graduating, and a short stint in the Army, he continued his broadcasting career at WHLI Radio in Hempstead, Long Island. He went on to become the original voice for the New Jersey Americans (now the New Jersey Nets) and the New York Islanders. Ross' history with MSG Network dates back to 1973 when he was one of the first Knicks and Rangers radio announcers. That same year, he had the opportunity to call play-by-play for the Knicks during their historic drive to the championship. In 1978, Ross added Jets football on WCBS Radio to his resume. From 1985-88, he served as the Yankees announcer on WPIX-TV, SportsChannel New York and WABC Radio. From 1985-98, he called Jets preseason games on WPIX-TV. In 1988, Ross joined New York's WFAN Radio and began the "Spencer Ross Show." Two years later, he returned to the New Jersey Nets to do play-by-play. He served in that capacity until 1995. In 1995-96, Spencer headed north to do play-by-play for the Boston Celtics for WEEI Radio.

Ross has rounded out his broadcasting resume by working the summer Olympics for ABC Radio in 1984, '92 and '96, and for NBC-TV in 1988. In 1992, he called radio play-by-play for the USA "Dream Team". Spencer has been rewarded for his excellence in the broadcasting field on many occasions. While calling Yankees games on SportsChannel New York in 1987 he earned his first New York Emmy. He's also been named New York State's best play-by-play man twice while broadcasting for the Jets. "The Man For All Seasons"