Wyoming Native Son Became A National Treasure [VIDEO]
95 years ago today, he was born in Green River, Wyoming to a Union Pacific worker. Curt Gowdy went to Cheyenne at the age of 6. He exceeded in Cheyenne high school sports and at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. He wanted to be a fighter pilot but a ruptured disc shot down that plan.
Curt Gowdy made his broadcasting debut in Cheyenne, calling a ‘six-man’ high school football game standing on top of a wooden grocery crate in subzero weather, one of about 15 people at the game.
But he caught the broadcasting bug and ended up going to the top on all the major networks in both radio and TV. He was the man they called on to broadcast 13 World Series, 16 baseball All-Star Games, 9 Super Bowls, 14 Rose Bowls, 8 Olympic Games and 24 NCAA Final Fours. He also hosted the long-running outdoors show The American Sportsman on ABC which was first introduced during ABC’s Wide World Of Sports.
In 2006 Curt Gowdy passed from Leukemia, but he left an indelible mark in many ways. In 1971, he was honored by naming Curt Gowdy State Park for him, half way between Cheyenne and his college days home in Laramie. In Green River, he has a post office named after him.
Before he was an internationally known author, occasional actor, sportsman and incredibly talented sportscaster,
He was Curt Gowdy, Wyoming son, born on this day in 1919