Jack Whitaker, whose career in the Hall of Fame ranged from the first Super Bowl to the Triple Crown of the Secretariat to short essays on major sporting events, died Sunday morning, CBS reported.
The network stated that Whitaker died of natural causes in his dream in Devon, PA. He is 95.
Whitaker, a Philadelphia native who was injured on Omaha Beach three days after the D-Day invasion, began his broadcasting career at WCAU-TV in Philadelphia and spent 22 years at CBS Sports. He has worked for ABC since 1982 in the news and sports departments and is part of the coverage of the 1984 and 1988 Olympics.
"I grew up watching him present contemplative and contextual prose with his celebrities short essays bringing class and dignity to his industry, "says Jim Nantz, CBS Sports' lead announcer." I spoke to him this week after the hospice came to his home and his mind was still brilliantly sharp. " Whitaker was the only live announcer of the game from a game of the first 21 Super Bowls.  The Chairman of Sports CBS 'Sean McManus said writing Whitacre, the presence in the air and humanity are incompatible.
"His unique perspective on sports ranging from horse racing to golf to football NFL, is exceptional," said McManus.