Sports Illustrated has found nine play-by-play sportscasters the magazine thinks are better than St. Louisan Joe Buck, the son of Hall Famer Jack Buck and the playoff voice for the NFL and Major League Baseball on Fox Sports.
Buck, 48, is ranked 10th on the magazine’s list of top announcers revealed Friday, behind the likes of CBS and Westwood One broadcaster Kevin Harlan in ninth place on the list; ESPN soccer announcer Ian Drake in eighth; and ESPN college football announcer Joe Tessitore in seventh.
NHL broadcaster Mike Emrick, of NBC, is ranked first on the magazine’s list of top 25 announcers. NBC’s Al Michaels, the network’s top football voice with a varied resume stretching back to the U.S. hockey team’s win over the Soviet Union in 1980, is second.
“Perennially underrated as a baseball voice,” SI says of Buck, “and he’s self-deprecating on the mic, which is welcome.”
Buck, who spent more than a decade in the KMOX Radio booth doing play-by-play for the St. Louis Cardinals, handles national Fox broadcasts of the Super Bowl, the World Series, other NFL and MLB playoff games, and the PGA.
He was paired with his father and Mike Shannon during his years as a Cardinals broadcaster, and most recently served as the play-by-play voice for Fox as the Chicago Cubs won the World Series last year, and the New England Patriots won their record sixth Super Bowl championship in the NFL this February.
Buck ranks ahead of CBS’s NFL and golf voice Jim Nantz in 11th place on the SI list, and ESPN baseball announcer Dan Shulman in the 12th spot.
The Top 10 on Sports Illustrated’s list of best announcers
- 1. Mike Emrick, NBC
- 2. Al Michaels, NBS
- 3. Mike Breen, ESPN
- 4. Ian Eagle, CBS
- 5. Mike Tirico, NBC
- 6. Brian Anderson, CBS
- 7. Joe Tessitore, ESPN
- 8. Ian Drake, ESPN
- 9. Kevin Harlan, CBS
- 10. Joe Buck, Fox