Bob Carpenter Elected to OAB Hall of Fame

The OAB Board of Directors recently elected sportscaster Bob Carpenter into its Hall of Fame. Bob 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 for the past 34 years has been one of the very 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. Bob is such a respected scholar of baseball, that 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 with ESPN for 18 years calling college football and basketball, and was their very first host of “College Game Day.” He has also covered the US Open Tennis and Golf’s Masters tournaments with USA Network and 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. He has also given back to the industry with a mentoring program that develops new and young sportscasters and he has never accepted a fee over the past 25 years. 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.

Bob will be honored at the OAB Awards banquet on Friday, March 31, 2017, at the Skirvin Hotel in Oklahoma City. For more information you may contact the OAB at 405-848-0771 or harrison@oabok.org.

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