Front Row sends congratulations to the 2015 National Baseball Hall of Fame class. During this upcoming Hall Of Fame Weekend in Cooperstown, N.Y., former players Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio and longtime broadcaster Dick Enberg will be honored.
This week’s #TBT show how several of the HOF honorees have been involved with ESPN throughout the years – as illustrated above. From stepping behind the camera to shoot for X Games to “cooling off” SportsCenter personnel to providing their insights on telecasts, these soon-to-be Hall of Famers have left their marks on ESPN.
Former SportsCenter anchor George Grande was the voice of the National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony from its debut on ESPN in 1980 until 2010.
“In the early years, you never knew who might sleep late or decide to golf instead. When I went to introduce someone I would have to turn around to see who was coming next. It was a real fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants event,” Grande recalled.
“Today it’s a full charter jet production. Just like at ESPN, it’s the people behind the scenes at Cooperstown that make the event the success that it is.”