Bob Costas


Bob Costas : biography

March 22, 1952 –

During the following week, Costas defended his remarks in an appearance on MSNBC’s program The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, where he stated that the remarks were related to the country’s gun culture, and not about gun control or the Second Amendment as critics had inferred. While he did not call for an outright ban on guns, Costas did suggest that more moderation be placed on America’s gun culture: "Now, do I believe that we need more comprehensive and more sensible gun control legislation? Yes I do. That doesn’t mean repeal the second amendment. That doesn’t mean a prohibition on someone having a gun to protect their home and their family. It means sensible and more comprehensive gun control legislation. But even if you had that, you would still have the problem of what Jason Whitlock wrote about, and what I agree with. And that is a gun culture in this country."

Personal life

Costas was married from 1983 to 2001 to Carole "Randy" Randall Krummenacher. They had two children, son Keith (born 1986) and daughter Taylor (born 1989). Costas once jokingly promised Minnesota Twins center fielder Kirby Puckett that if he was batting over .350 by the time his child was born he would name the baby Kirby. Kirby was hitting better than .350, but Bob’s son initially was not given a first (or second) name of Kirby. After Puckett reminded Costas of the agreement, the birth certificate was changed to "Keith Michael Kirby Costas".{} On March 12, 2004, Costas married his second wife, Jill Sutton. Costas resides in St. Louis, Missouri.

Awards and honors

Costas has won eight National Sportcaster of the Year awards from the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, and was inducted into that organization’s Hall of Fame in 2012. He has also won four Sportscaster of the Year awards from the American Sportscasters Association, and nearly twenty Sports Emmy Awards for outstanding sports announcing.

In 1999, Costas was a recipient of the Curt Gowdy Media Award from the Basketball Hall of Fame, which is awarded to members of the electronic and print media for outstanding contributions to the sport.

In 1995 Costas received a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.

In 2000, he won a TV Guide Award for Favorite Sportscaster.

He was selected as the Dick Schaap Award for Outstanding Journalism recipient in 2004.

In 2006, Costas was also awarded an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Loyola College in Maryland.

In 2012, he was awarded the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism.

He is an honorary trustee of Webster University, a private college located in Webster Groves, Missouri. He is a frequent supporter of the school, to include numerous radio commercials.

Costas is also an honorary board member of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

Memorable calls

Early life

He was born in the borough of Queens in New York City, the son of Jayne (Quinlan), of Irish descent, and John George Costas, an electrical engineer of Greek descent. His father’s family roots are from the island of Chios in the Aegean Sea. Database (undated). . Retrieved August 5, 2012. In the documentary television series Baseball (1994), directed by Ken Burns, Costas indicated that he had a very poor relationship with his father, but did not go into specifics. He grew up in Commack, New York, graduating from Commack High School South.

Following high school, he was majoring in communications and rhetorical studies at Syracuse University, before he dropped out of school. Later, he would receive an honorary degree from its S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.