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Joe Buck Biography

Birth Name:
Joseph Francis Buck
Birth Place:
St. Petersburg, Florida, United States

Fast Facts

  • Son of legendary St
  • Louis Cardinals announcer Jack Buck; did the play-by-play for one inning of a Cardinals-Mets game on his 18th birthday when his dad left the booth and told him to take over
  • Began broadcasting career by calling play-by-play for Louisville Redbirds, a Cardinals minor-league team; began calling Cardinals games on KMOX TV and radio in 1991
  • Hired by Fox Sports in 1994 at age 25 to announce NFL games and became the youngest person to call pro games
  • At 27, became the youngest play-by-play announcer to call a World Series
  • Won his first Sports Emmy Award in 1999 for Outstanding Sports Personality
  • When he stopped broadcasting Cardinals baseball in 2008, he ended a 54-year run of Bucks (either Joe or his father) handling coverage of the team's games
  • Hosted an HBO series, Joe Buck Live, which was canceled after three episodes; the 2009 premiere was infamously hijacked by comic Artie Lange
  • Because of the Lange episode, as well as the general strain of booking guests, Buck was relieved when the show was dropped
  • His Joe Buck Golf Classic raises money for St
  • Louis Children's Hospital