Jack Whitaker

Legacy of Excellence

Local, St. Joseph's University, Sportscaster

Philadelphia native and graduate of North Catholic and St. Josephs College

Began broadcasting career on Philadelphia radio in 1947

Joined WCAU in 1950 as a sportscaster

Served as a play-by play announcer for both the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants.

Hosted CBS Sports Spectacular (1961-81)

Host of CBS’ The NFL Today (1971-74)

Joined ABC, serving as a reporter for both news and sports divisions (1982)

Covered 1984 Winter and Summer Olympics and the 1988 Winter Olympics

Reported sports for ABC's "World News Tonight", "ABC News Nightline” and "20/20".

List of events he covered include:


  • The horseracing Triple Crown
  • Golf's major championships
  • Major League Baseball
  • The Super Bowl
  • Heavyweight boxing championship fights
  • NASL soccer
  • AAU Track and Field Championship

Received the Kentucky Owners and Breeders, Inc. Engelhard Award (1973)

Named "Best Announcer" by Sports Illustrated (1976)

Two-time Emmy Award winner (1977, 1991)

Received Maryland Jockey Club's Hilltop Award for "outstanding coverage of

Thoroughbred racing for over 20 years (1983)

Inducted into the American Sportscasters Hall of Fame (1997)

Inducted into Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia Hall of Fame (2003)

Inducted into Saint Joseph's Athletics Hall of Fame (2005)

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Class VII (2010)

Class VI (2009)

Class V (2008)

Class IV (2007)

Class III (2006)

Class II (2005)

Charter Class (2004)

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