12/20/1927 - 1/13/2016
NBA Memorials: Remembering the life, death and legacy of Jim Simpson
The first play-by-play announcer for ESPN, Jim Simpson, died Wednesday morning in Scottsdale, Ariz., after a short illness, his family said, according to ESPN. He was 88.
Simpson worked for many years at NBC where he announced the World Series, Olympics and Wimbledon and did play by play for Super Bowl I for NBC Radio.
He was doing play by play on AFL games for NBC when he was hired by ESPN in 1979. Simpson gave ESPN credibility when it was just starting out as a cable network. ...