Thursday, June 14, 2018

R.I.P.: Al Meltzer, Iconic Philly Sportscaster

Al Meltzer
Legendary Philadelphia sports broadcaster Al Meltzer, known to mostsimply as “Big Al,” has died, according to multiple reports.

He was 89, according to

During his 40-year career, Meltzer was best known for calling the city’s Big 5 games, which he helped turn into a local institution.

“The excitement of the Big 5 games at the Palestra was an experience that will never happen again,” Meltzer said in a 2011 interview. “The Palestra was Boston Garden. The Palestra was Wrigley Field. The Palestra was Fenway Park.”

Meltzer began his broadcasting career in Philadelphia in 1966 at WPHL-17, where he covered the Sixers. He also made stops at KYW-TV 3, NBC10 and Comcast SportsNet, from which he retired in 2003.

During his career, Meltzer covered the Eagles, Temple Owls and Phillies. He also commuted from Philadelphia to Buffalo to call Bills games in the 1970s on WKBW alongside Rick Azar and Ed Rutkowski.

Meltzer was given the Board of Governors’ Award by the Mid-Atlantic chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences at the local Emmy Awards in 2010. He’s also a member of the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, Big 5 Hall of Fame, the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame and Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia Hall of Fame.

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