John Sterling (broadcaster)
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John Sterling has been a New York Yankees announcer since 1989. He previously covered the Atlanta Braves (1982-1987), NBA's Atlanta Hawks, Washington Bullets and New Jersey Nets and NHL's New York Islanders. Since 2005, he has partnered on Yankees radio broadcasts with Suzyn Waldman; he handles the play-by-play duties and Waldman is the color commentator.
In January of 2015, he lost just about all of his possessions when his apartment in Edgewater, NJ burned down during a large fire that destroyed the entire residential complex it was in. Sterling escaped unscathed though.
He is known for being very much a Yankee fan with a number of players throughout the years becoming personal favorites who escape any form of criticism. He has special home run calls for various players (e.g. "A-Bomb... from A-Rod") and loudly states "Thuuh Yankees Win!!!" after every victory.
He had a remarkable string of calling every single Yankees games for three decades since his start in 1989 before finally taking a day off on July 4, 2019 when he did not make the trip to Tampa, FL. He was feeling a little under the weather, and since he was aged 81 by then, the Yankees told him to take it easy for a change. The fact that this was the last series before the 2019 All-Star Game meant he had a full week to get back to full strength. Ryan Ruocco, an announcer from the YES Network, took over for him in his absence. Ironically, a day after Sterling announced he would be taking a short break, Yankees television announcer Michael Kay, who had been his first partner on radio broadcasts, also announced he was taking a short break for medical reasons, to have an operation on a vocal cord.
Source: 2012 Yankees Media Guide
- Pete Caldera: "John Sterling's streak of calling Yankees games will come to an end Thursday", "NorthJersey.com", The Bergen Record, July 2, 2019.