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Al Michaels Biography

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

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


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