Dan Shulman

“I’m very lucky. It seems like all my friends would trade places with me if they could, but I wouldn’t trade places with them!”
Dan Shulman

Yes, I know that Dan Shulman is not an athlete, but as he partially inspired the blog, he will be inducted anyway. Here’s what Wikipedia says about him:

Dan Shulman (born February 10, 1967 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian-born sportscaster with ESPN, serving as the network’s voice for baseball games on television and radio. He is the lead announcer for both ESPN’s college basketball coverage (primarily paired with Dick Vitale) and ESPN Radio’s Saturday and Sunday night baseball coverage (with Dave Campbell).

Shulman graduated from the University of Western Ontario in actuarial science, but he eventually moved into his lifelong obsession with sports.

Shulman began his broadcasting career at Western, becoming a main voice of university football and basketball for the Western Mustangs on CHRW radio in London, and also as a job at radio station CKBB in Barrie, Ontario. During the early 90’s, he was hired by the Fan 1430 (a sports radio station in Toronto, now known as the Fan 590) as the host of Prime Time Sports. In 1995, he became the play-by-play voice on TSN for their broadcasts of Toronto Blue Jays baseball games, alongside with former Blue Jays catcher Buck Martinez. Shulman remained with the network for seven years, and still works with Buck Martinez for TSN during the World Series, filing daily reports.

After his Toronto stint, Shulman was lured by ESPN to cover sporting events like baseball and college basketball in the U.S. He currently serves as the voice of MLB on ESPN Radio, along with working with Dick Vitale on Saturday Primetime college basketball games, a duty he will add for the 2007 season. This contract will expire in 2007.

Despite working in the United States, Shulman resides in Toronto with his wife and children.

I had a brief run-in with actuarial science, so I understand his desire to pursue something completely different. His dad, Arnie, wasn’t as happy at first, but he soon warmed up to it when he realized his son’s talent. Of all the things I read about Dan Shulman, the one thing that really sticks out is that his dad’s name was Arnie. Arnie is a name you don’t hear enough of anymore. We need more people to start naming their kids Arnie and not all the wacky names people are making up these days.

Earlier this month, Dan turned 40 years young. Though he’s technically “over the hill”, his career is in full stride. Some say that he may be Baseball Hall of Fame material as a broadcaster. Until that time though, he’ll have a place in OUR Hall of Fame.

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