George Grande Biography
George Grande is an American sportscaster who is a former broadcaster for the Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball.
He is also famous for having hosted the first broadcast of SportsCenter on ESPN in 1979. Grande attended the University of Southern California in 1969. There, he played baseball for four years and was a member of the Trojans’ team that won the 1968 College World Series.
Grande played with 14 future Major Leaguers, including Hall of Famer Tom Seaver and slugger Dave Kingman while at USC.
George Grande Age
Grande was born in 1947. He is about 71-72 years old as of 2019.
George Grande Family
Grande has not yet disclosed any information regarding his father, mother, and siblings.
George Grande Wife
Grande has not disclosed any information regarding his wife or children.
George Grande Career
Grande began his broadcasting career as a USC student in 1967 as the sports director and news director of the university’s radio station, KUSC-FM, followed by radio stints at KNX in Los Angeles; WERI in Westerly, Rhode Island, where he learned his craft from news director Steve J. Caminis; and WNHC in New Haven, Connecticut.
He then competed his radio his radio broadcast career by handling the Boston Red Sox pre-game and post-game shows on WMEX. Before joining ESPN, he also served as a sportscaster at WTNH, a TV station in New Haven.
Grande and American television personality Lee Leonard were the first two people to be seen on ESPN upon its launch. After he gave an introduction to viewers concerning what the network was all about, he tossed to Grande who was sitting at a desk dubbed the “ESPN Sports Center”, which became the name of the fledgling network’s nightly news broadcast.
In the beginning years of the network, Grande served as host of the Inside Baseball weekly magazine program, which evolved into the current Baseball Tonight program on ESPN.
George Grande Baseball
George was a TV play-by-play announcer for Major League Baseball’s New York Yankees in 1989 and 1990 and also for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1991 and 1992.
Grande joined the Cincinnati Reds TV broadcast team and was its lead broadcaster from 1993 to 2009 for SportsChannel Cincinnati and Fox Sports Ohio. George teamed with former player Chris Welsh to form the longest-running TV broadcasting partnership in team history.
He announced that he would step down after 17 seasons with the Reds, stating that he wanted to spend more time with his family on October 4, 2009. Grande has since returned for a notable number of games each season through 2018.
From 1980 to 2010 he also served as master of ceremonies for the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s annual inductions for 31 years. He is on the board of directors of USA Baseball.
George Grande Salary
Grande is believed to receive a good amount of salary since he is a veteran journalist and has done some increkdibly great work in his career.
George Grande Net Worth
Grande’s net worth is not yet revealed.