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Len Kasper

Len Joseph Kasper
Born (1971-01-21) January 21, 1971
Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
Education Marquette University, '93
Public Relations
Occupation Sports broadcaster
Spouse(s) Pam
Children 1 (Leo)

Len Kasper (born January 21, 1971 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan) is a play-by-play announcer for the Chicago Cubs (2005–present)[1][2] on WGN-TV, WPWR-TV, WLS-TV and Comcast SportsNet Chicago. He works alongside color commentator Jim Deshaies.

Contents

  • Career 1
    • Quotes 1.1
  • Personal life 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Career

Kasper first worked for WTMJ-AM (620) from 1994-2002 in Milwaukee as the host of the station's daily sports show, hosted pregame and halftime shows for the Green Bay Packers, and was a co-host on a hot stove league show on the Brewers' radio network.[3] After realizing he would need experience calling baseball games, he started working with Brett Dolan on the weekends in the late 1990s calling several innings at a time for the Beloit Snappers.[4] In 1999 he was then asked to do fill-in TV work with the Milwaukee Brewers for Matt Vasgersian who started to get work on the national stage.[4] Kasper continued to work alongside Bill Schroeder as a fill-in for Vasgersian on Brewers telecasts through 2001.[3]

In 2002, Kasper was hired as a full time TV play-by-play announcer to work alongside color commentator Tommy Hutton for the Florida Marlins and worked for Florida through the 2004 season until being hired for the Cubs in 2005.[5]

Quotes

  • "We're very high right now, and I'm not referring to our Woodstock conversation." (talking about the broadcasting booth at the Washington Nationals' stadium)- Cubs @ Nationals, Nationals Park, April 27, 2008
  • "Swing and a miss! A no hitter! Carlos Zambrano has no hit the Houston Astros! Ohhh Baby!" (Carlos Zambrano's no hitter)-Cubs @ Astros, Miller Park, September 14, 2008
  • "It wiiiiilll go!" - Often said while announcing a Cubs home run.
  • "The pitch to Aramis, he hits a drive, deep left center! Cubs win! They win it! Ramirez! 2-run shot! Ohhh baby! Can you believe it? Unbelievable!"-Brewers @ Cubs, Wrigley Field, June 29, 2007
  • "High, deep drive! Way back! Ballgame over! Cubs win, Cubs win! Oh baby, Kris Bryant!" -Rockies @ Cubs, Wrigley Field, July 27th, 2015
  • "Annnd gone!!! Into the basket!!" -Often said when a homerun lands in the baskets in Wrigley Field

Personal life

Kasper grew up in Michigan. His broadcasting influence was the Detroit Tigers' broadcasters, Ernie Harwell and Paul Carey.[4] He graduated from Shepherd High School. He graduated summa cum laude from Marquette University with a degree in public relations in 1993.[1] He and his wife Pam have one son, named Leo.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Broadcasters". MLB.com. Retrieved 2015-09-18. 
  2. ^ Gleeman, Aaron (22 June 2011). "Len Kasper signs five-year extension to stay Cubs’ announcer". NBC. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Ed Sherman interviews WGN's Len Kasper". 2009-04-10. Retrieved 2015-09-18. 
  4. ^ a b c Hildebrant, Chuck (2015-07-03). "Working the Game, an Interview with Len Kasper, Chicago Cubs TV".  
  5. ^ Kasper, Len (2012-10-16). "Baseball ProGUESTus Bringing Sabermetrics to the Broadcast Booth".  

External links

  • Chicago Cubs Broadcasters at Comcastsportsnet.com
  • Ask Len and Bob at Comcastsportsnet.com
  • Chicago Cubs Broadcasters at Cubs.com
  • Len & Bob's baseball blog at WGN Sports.com
  • Len & Bob play Summertime Blues.
Preceded by
Chip Caray
Chicago Cubs Television Play-By-Play Announcer
2005–present
Succeeded by
current
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