Al Michaels has covered more events than any other sports broadcaster since her joined ABC Sports in 1976.
Regarded as one of the best baseball announcers of all time, Al was ABC's lead baseball play-by-play announcer during the network's coverage of Major League Baseball. He has also earned praise as a journalist and became just the second sportscaster in history to receive a News Emmy nomination for his coverage of the San Francisco earthquake during the 1989 World Series.
Al has earned many accolades. He captured three Emmy Awards (1986, 1989 and 1995) for Outstanding Sports Personality Play-by-Play (Host). Three times (1980, 1983 and 1986), he received the NSSA Award from the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. He was inducted into the NSSA Hall of Fame in 1998 and was named Sportscaster of the Year in 1996 by the American Sportscasters Association. And in 1991, he was named Sportscaster of the Year by the Washington Journalism Review.
He garnered his first Sportscaster of the Year award in 1980. This was the year he made his memorable calling of the U.S.A. hockey team's dramatic, successful quest for the gold medal in the Winter Olympics at Lake Placid. His reputation for Olympic acumen grew with his coverage of figure skating and hockey at the 1984 Winter Games in Sarajevo as well as all track and field, in addition to road cycling, at the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles. Al also covered hockey during ABC's coverage of the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.