Fast Facts

  • First play-by-play commentator to cover all four major championships in U.S. sports: NBA, NHL, MLB and NFL.
  • Best-known for calling the 1980 Winter Olympic hockey game between the U.S. and the Soviet Union with the final-second exclamation, "Do you believe in miracles? Yes!"
  • Has won multiple sports Emmys, and was nominated for a news Emmy for his work during the San Francisco earthquake at the 1989 World Series.
  • Was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame in 1998. 
  • Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2004.
  • After nearly 30 years with ABC, left the network in 2006 for NBC and Sunday Night Football along with broadcast partner John Madden.


  • Susan — Sister
  • Linda Anne Stamaton — Wife
  • Lila Michaels — Mother
  • David Michaels — Brother
  • Jay Michaels — Father
  • Jennifer Cohn — Daughter
  • Steven Michaels — Son


  • Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, United States (BA in Broadcasting, 1966)

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  • Birth Name: Alan Richard Michaels
  • Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, United States
  • Profession: TV sportscaster

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