- Wrote for the newspaper, the Pitch, at his high school, which was named for Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Johnson.
- Got his start in journalism in 1978 with the Washington Star; moved on to cover baseball for the Dallas Morning News and then the Baltimore Sun.
- Was a senior writer for Sports Illustrated from 1989 to '97 prior to assuming a reporter/senior writer role at ESPN in March 1998.
- Authored the baseball books America's Game (2000) and Is This a Great Game, or What? (2008).
- Was honored with a giveaway of bobble-head dolls in his likeness at a 2010 summer-league baseball game in his hometown.
- Claims to have clipped and saved the newspaper box score of every MLB game from 1990 through 2009.
- Jeff Kurkjian — Son
- Kelly Kurkjian — Daughter
- Andrew Kurkjian — Brother
- Matt Kurkjian — Brother
- Kathy Kurkjian — Wife
- Joy Kurkjian — Mother
- Jeff Kurkjian — Father
- University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, United States (BA in Journalism, 1978)
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