Shelby Whitfield, a longtime sports broadcaster, has passed away at the age of 77. Whitfield died Tuesday (Feb. 5) at a rehabilitation center in Jackson, N.J., reports the AP.
Whitfield called Washington Senators games in 1969 and 1979 and later hosted a local radio show. He went on to become the first sports director of AP Radio in 1974 and moved over to ABC Radio in 1981, overseeing coverage of everything from the Olympics to horse racing. He retired in 1997.
Whitfield served in the U.S. Army, working for what would become known as the Armed Forces Network. He also authored the book “Kiss It Good-bye,” recounting the year the Washington Senators were sold and became the Texas Rangers. Whitfield also co-authored “What’s Wrong With Sports” with legendary broadcaster Howard Cosell.