OAB Hall of Fame
Bob Carpenter started his illustrious career as the play-by-play announcer for the Tulsa Oilers baseball team and later became the Sports Director at KTUL TV 8 and KRAV FM in Tulsa. Bob then took his talent to the national stage and since 1982 has been one of the elite and most respected Major League Baseball announcers. He is currently in his 12th year with the Washington Nationals. He started with a ten year run with the St. Louis Cardinals and also was with the Texas Rangers and New York Mets.
Bob is a respected scholar of baseball. Since 1984 he has written and sold thousands of copies of his book, Scorebook, which has become the industry standard for how to score a baseball game.
Bob was also with ESPN for 18 years calling college football and basketball, and was their very first hosts of “College Game Day.” He has also covered the US Open Tennis and Golf’s Masters tournaments with USA Network, and over the past four decades has won numerous Emmy awards for his work.
As proud residents of Tulsa for over 40 years, Bob and his wife Debbie have actively worked for the prison ministry “Operation Hope,” which helps ex-offenders and their families assimilate back into society. In 2001, when OSU broadcaster Bill Teegins died tragically in a plane crash, Bob and his ESPN partner Jimmy Dykes volunteered to fill in on the radio broadcasts and donated their game fees to the OSU scholarship fund.
Oklahoma has a rich history of sports broadcasters, and Bob Carpenter is at the pinnacle of the craft. His play-by-play skills, along with his historical perspective on the game of baseball, make him one of the industry’s most compelling announcers. Add to that his humanitarian outreach and willingness to mentor new broadcasters, and we are very proud to call Bob Carpenter an OAB Hall of Famer.