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Detroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias was named the Tigers Rookie of the Year by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association on November 4thIglesias batted .259 (35x135) with six doubles, two home runs and 10 RBI in 46 games with the Tigers after being acquired from the Red Sox in a three-player deal on July 30.  He finished the season batting .303 (106x350) with 16 doubles, two triples, three home runs and 29 RBI in 109 games between the Red Sox and Tigers.
Iglesias led the American League with 35 infield hits, while he was tied for second with 10 bunt hits. He finished the season ranked second among all American League rookies with 106 hits and 31 multi-hit games, while he was sixth with 39 runs scored.
Iglesias will be presented with his award prior to a 2014 Tigers home game at Comerica Park. The Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association has selected a Tigers Rookie of the Year since 1969.


The Michigan Sports Hall of Fame today announced the 58th MSHOF Induction Class as selected by a statewide, blue-ribbon group of veteran sports journalists, selected college and professional sports administrators, MSHOF members, the MSHOF Board of Directors and a public online vote.  The voting was ratified by Karl Fava, C.P.A.
"The Michigan Sports Hall of Fame 58th Induction Class is made up of a diverse group of individuals from a variety of sports and eras that have achieved excellence and represented the State of Michigan at the highest levels," said Scott Lesher, MSHOF chairman.  "We look forward to the annual Michigan Sports Hall of Fame Induction Event in February of 2014 when our newest class will be formally enshrined."
The 58th MSHOF Induction Class:
*             Jim Brandstatter - longtime UM/Detroit Lions broadcaster, host of award-winning Michigan Replay show
*             Dorne Dibble - MSU football All-American, member of Detroit Lions' NFL Championship teams
*             Jason Hanson - Pro-Bowl placekicker, NFL record holder, recorded 19 game-winning field goals
*             Alexi Lalas - All State Cranbrook HS, Herman Trophy winner, member of Olympic/World Cup teams
*             Nick Lidstrom - Detroit Red Wing captain,  12-time NFL All Star, seven-time Norris Trophy-winner
*             Tom Mach - Catholic Central HS football coach, 17 Catholic League titles, four MHSAA championships 
*             John Smoltz -eight-time All Star with Atlanta Braves, Cy Young Award winner, 200+ wins and 150+ saves
*             Percy Snow - All-American at MSU, Butkus and Lombardi award-winner, College FB Hall of Fame
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Editor's Note: The DSBA congratulates Past President Jim Brandstatter on his selection into the Class of 2014 of the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame!


The 2013 Gerald R. Ford Award recipient from the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame recipient is long-time Grand Rapids amateur baseball manager, sponsor, supporter and scout Bob Sullivan. Founded in 1953, the Grand Rapids Sullivans went on to win numerous world championships over the next four decades and saw over 50 alumni play in the major leagues including such West Michigan natives Mickey Stanley, Jim Kaat and Dave Rozema. He also served as a scout for the Detroit Tigers for many years.

Bob will receive the coveted Gerald R. Ford award at a ceremony presented by the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame and sponsored by Berger Chevrolet to be held on Thursday, December 5 at the Riverfront Hotel. The private, VIP reception hosted by event honorary chairman Peter Secchia will begin at 5:30, with a strolling supper featuring elegant carving stations to be served at 6. Following the reception, the award ceremony will feature Jack Doles as the emcee as well as a custom video presentation and longtime professional player and coach Phil Regan will deliver the keynote speech.
Tickets are priced at $50 each, and are available at the Riverfront Hotel, or online at Information can be obtained either on the website, or by calling the Hall of Fame at 248-473-0656.

Previous Gerald R. Ford Award recipients from the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame include such luminaries as Roger Penske, Dennis Archer, Peter Karmanos, J.P. McCarthy, Hoot McInerney, Mike and Marian Ilitch, Tom Wilson, Kathy Beauregard, and Grand Rapids legend Marty Allen.
1995 Roger Penske
1996 J.P. McCarthy
1997 Hank Aguirre
1998 Peter Karmanos
1999 Mike and Marian Ilitch
2000 Anthony Filippis, Sr.
2001 Reggie McKenzie
2002 Dennis W. Archer
2003 Tom Wilson
2005 Martin "Hoot" McInerney
2006 Roger Faulkner
2009 Marty Allen
2012 Kathy Beauregard

The DSBA recently announced it will award nearly $5,000.00 to seven area schools and colleges as part of our 2013 Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association Grant Fund Awards program. We thank sponsors such as Farm Bureau Insurance, Lotus Bank, Uncle Ray's, Novi Cadillac, Spartan Sports Network and many other companies and individual participants at the DSBA Charity Golf Outing, and numerous other members and donors for making the distribution of these grants possible.  The number of schools applying for these grants and the amount of funds requested is increasing annually.  With that in mind, we are looking to our members to help us fulfil our educational mission to support deserving high school and collegiate students in their quest for a career in the sports media industry.  A simple way you can help is by thinking of potential advertising sponsors who would support our educational mission, our industry, or maybe just a passionate sports fan who would like to be involved with this unique organization, and reach out to them or forward their contact information to George Eichorn. Let us know if we could use your name as a referral. 
With the strength of our DSBA membership, we should easily be able to raise revenues, and further support the increasing demands of our mission.  Each Board Member is committed to trying to secure two or more sponsors each. We need your help as a DSBA Member or supporter to join us.  The cost of running our DSBA organization increase annually and dues fees alone cannot allow us to meet rising costs or even to break even. Please help step up to the plate and give us your contact information for sponsorship or email George today! We as the DSBA Executive Committee thank you in advance for your support with this!
Vicki Foley
Jim Rein
Bill Wischman
Sherrie Handrinos
Bill Harrington
Will Tieman
George Eichorn
DSBA Executive Committee

James F. Ramsey was born in New Jersey and moved to Ohio at a young age. He later settled in South Lyon and Lyon Township, Michigan. He was 68 at the time of his death on August 29, 2013, passing away following after a brief illness. Beloved husband of Maureen. Father of Sheri Hammer, James Ramsey, Tracy Hoover, Shawn Ramsey, and Shannon (Corey) Cook. 15 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Phillips Funeral Home in South Lyon handled the arrangements. DSBA Executive Director George Eichorn presented Maureen Ramsey with a $50.00 check for the Detroit Rescue Mission in honor of Jim Ramsey. Jim was a regular Stan Fischler Report contributor.
Here is a note from Jim Ramsey's brother-in-law, Bob Redden: "It saddens me to report to you that one of your members, James F. Ramsey passed away last Thursday. Jim went into the hospital in late July for what should have been relatively minor surgery. Complication lead to a 5 week struggle that eventually lead to his death. He loved his association with the DSBA. On a number of occasions he invited me to attend association activities and we always had a great time at those functions. Your prayers for Jim and his family would be appreciated."

Paul Bunyan is joined by Jim Brandstatter, Frank Beckmann, Jason Strayhorn & George Blaha at the Skyline Club in Southfield on Oct. 30th.  Photo courtesy of Dan Graschuck.

More than 100 DSBA Members, media and guests joined us on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 as Paul Bunyan made a special guest appearance at the Annual Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association Tablegate Luncheon featuring the broadcast voices of the Michigan State Spartans and Michigan Wolverines.
The Michigan-Michigan State football rivalry is a gridiron classic between the University of Michigan Wolverines and the Michigan State University Spartans. The winner of each year's game receives the Paul Bunyan Trophy. The teams first played in 1898 and have met almost every year since 1910; the competition became a conference rivalry with Michigan State's entrance into the Big Ten Conference in 1950. 
The game's trophy is the "Paul Bunyan Trophy", a four-foot-high wooden statue of the legendary giant lumberjack Paul Bunyan on a five-foot base. It reflects Michigan's history as a major lumber-producing state. The trophy was first presented in 1953 by governor G. Mennen Williams to commemorate Michigan State's joining the Big Ten Conference.
"MSU vs. U-M Tablegate" was held for a third straight year at the Skyline Club2000 Town Center, 28th Floor, Southfield, Michigan. A DSBA Special Recognition Award was presented by Bunyan to legendary Michigan Football broadcaster Frank Beckmann, who called his final U-M/MSU Game on November 2nd at Spartan Stadium. Broadcast partner Jim Brandstatter, and MSU announcers George Blaha and Jason Strayhorn joined Beckmann at the Tablegate and its big game banter.
In recognition of the the great state of Michigan, Michigan-based "tablegating" type of foods and beverages were served.

Left to right: Kris Draper, Assistant GM Ryan Martin and GM Ken Holland.  Photo courtesy of Mike Alberts.

On Tuesday, October 1, 2013, more than 70 DSBA Members, media, For 'Em Club members and and others guests were on hand for the Annual Detroit Red Wings Day at DSBA. The luncheon featured Red Wings Vice President & GM Ken Holland, Assistant GM Ryan Martin and special assistant Kris Draper, owner of four Stanley Cup rings. The luncheon was held at the Hockeytown Cafe's Celebration Room in downtown Detroit. DSBA President Vicki Foley presided and former DSBA president Ken Kal was the program master of ceremonies. Rev. Joseph M. Esper, pastor, Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Ira Township, provided a thoughtful invocation. One-on-ones and a lively Q&A from the audience highlighted the annual Red Wings Day.

Tom Johnston and Al Renfrew (Coaches Corner)
Story by John Fountain, Past DSBA President & Honorary Lifetime Member
Tom Johnston was an Ann Arbor Hometown Boy who grew to earn utmost respect in the collegiate and professional sports world and was paid to do what he loved best- Broadcast Sports.  Johnston passed away on Saturday, November 16, 2013 in his residence in Ann Arbor.  Memorial Services are slated for mid-December.
Tom was an innovator over the course of his career with WAAM-1600 Ann Arbor and WKBD-TV Channel 50, one of the nation's first all-sports channels.  He encouraged the novelty of a tape delay broadcast when the station broadcast schedule became full.  With the blessing of Fritz Crisler, in the 1960s, he initiated the Coaches Corner show on WAAM that was broadcast during the U-M football, hockey and basketball seasons and was built around the format of a public luncheon.  The current U-M Monday noon public meetings with coaches are not broadcast but evolved from Johnston's Coaches Corner. 

Tom Johnston was a charter member of Kaiser Broadcasting's WKBD-TV, Channel 50 in Detroit which was a forerunner of today's ESPN all-sports format.  He brought television cameras into the dusty, high corners of Big Ten field houses and did play-by-play of Michigan's Cazzie Russell-era exciting basketball teams.  I remember seeing Johnston- sitting on a stool, smoking a cigar, alone in a Channel 50 studio- and delivering a detailed sportscast without a stitch of notes.

But his lasting legacy is in the hearts of those he trained and gave a chance to begin a broadcasting career. As a middle-school student, I was his shadow at WAAM radio.  "Can you type?" he asked.  When I said I could he gave me a story to rewrite.  What faith!  What a thrill!  I can see him rushing down the hall to the broadcast studio completely encased with wire sports copy and smoking a big cigar.  He would deliver a polished broadcast and no listener could guess that much of the what he was reading was for the first time.

A Consummate Professional Sports Broadcaster- that's Tom Johnston.

Group photo of 1981 Swim Club

by Michael Alberts - Detroit Yacht Club - Past President MICSA
For at least 90 years, the Detroit Yacht Club has had a swim team.  While this may not seem remarkable, the Club and a few other Detroit Clubs played a pivotal role in the dominance that the U.S.A. has established in swimming as a sport.  The MICSA consists of 14 local private clubs and was founded in 1939.  It is probably the oldest private swim league in the United States.  The prime mover in the organization was the late Clarence E. Pinkston, Olympic Platform Diving Gold Medalist in the 1920 Antwerp Olympics.  His wife, Betty Becker Pinkston won the women's springboard Gold Medal in Paris in the Chariots of Fire  1924 Olympics.  Pinkston went on to be the coach at the Detroit Athletic Club from 1927 until 1961.  He also coached at the Detroit Golf Club starting in 1938.  The Pinkstons went on to work with the City of Detroit Parks and Recreation to establish Detroit as a swimming powerhouse.   Detroit hosted the Olympic Trails in 1960 at the Brennan Pools.
What is so incredibly remarkable about the Pinkstons is that they are given credit for establishing the concept of "Age Group Swimming".  Today, there are over 100,000 swimmers registered with USA Swimming, the organization that sanctions almost all of the significant meets held in the U.S.A.   A visit to the "Swimming Hall of Fame" in Ft. Lauderdale is testimony to their significance in the sport of swimming.  The display in their honor equals that of Mark Spitz and Johnny Weismuller (a.k.a. Tarzan).  The oldest know Olympic 5 ring flag is on display there... proudly labelled as "stolen by Betty" from Paris in 1924.
Detroit's history in swimming began long before Pinkston with Jam Handy's Bronze Medal in the 1904 Olympics in St. Louis.  The MICSA League has produced a number of Gold Medalists: Clarke Scholes d. -( Detroit Golf Club), 1952, 100 Freestyle, Helsinki;  Peter Vanderkaay (Great Oaks Country Club),  2004, 2008, 2012 Gold Medals 4 x 200 Freestyle Relay & Bronze in the 400 meter men's freestyle 2012.
Today, the league boasts swimmers from 4 years of age through the age of 18.  The "Finals" are held in a preliminary / finals format.  Over the three day event about  1,300 medals with be awarded for the 16 fastest times in events by age group - 8 & Under, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, & 15-18.  The Yacht Club will host about 5,000 guests over the three days and maintain a tradition that has its roots deep in Detroit history.   The "hosting" of finals is rotated between participating clubs... DYC has hosted the Finals in 1981 & 1999.  The 2013 Championship marked another historic event for a Club that fits well in the National Historic Register.
TV-10 at North Farmington High School - Broadcasting in Action using DSBA Equipment Grant: The adult is DSBA Past President Richard Kincaide and the student next to him is Ben Peltz, He is a student in our TV-10 program picking up some pointers from the pro. Photo courtesy of Don Carter.
Members on the Go 
  • Frank Beckmann, DSBA Active Member and WJR-AM talk show host, received a Special Recognition Award from the DSBA on October 30, 2013 at the 6th Annual DSBA Tablegate Luncheon, in recognition of Frank's 33rd and final U-M vs. MSU game play-by-play call on the Michigan Radio Network and WWJ-AM 950.  Well done, Frank! 
  • Jim Brandstatter, DSBA Past President & Active Member was named an inductee into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2014.  Brandstatter is the color analyst for U-M football (WWJ-AM) and the Detroit Lions (WXYT-FM).  The induction dinner is on February 28th at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit.  Way to go, Jim!
  • Tom Mazawey, DSBA Active Member, has joined the staff of Detroit Sports 105.1 FM as a host and sport anchor.  Others at the new station: Matt Dery, Ryan Ermanni, Marc Fellhauer, Denny Kapp, Drew Lane, Herman Moore and Rico.
  • Eli Zaret, DSBA Active Member, was emcee for the 6th Annual DSBA Tablegate Luncheon on October 30th. Eli was inducted on October 21st into the Michigan Jewish Sports Hall of Fame at the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit in West Bloomfield. This was the 29th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Dinner. Eli was joined by Dan Arnold, Debbie Michelson Fuger, Martin Wolfe and Richard Zussman in the Hall of Fame Class of 2013. Congratulations Eli!
Chet Coppock, versatile radio and TV sportscaster who has been a fixture on the Chicago sports scene for over 30 years, received the Jack Brickhouse Lifetime Achievement Award from the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame during their 17th annual awards dinner last month. The award is named after sportscasting pioneer Jack Brickhouse, who called more than 5,000 Chicago Cubs and White Sox games, not to mention 24 years of Chicago Bears football, during his 40-year career. Brickhouse was a member of the American Sportscasters Association's second Hall of Fame class in 1985, which included fellow sportscasting legends Mel Allen and Curt Gowdy, and served as an ASA Board Member from 1983 until his death in 1998. This honor is especially meaningful to Coppock, an ASA member for over 20 years, since early in his career he was introduced to Brickhouse by his father, and the two formed a close friendship. Coppock began his career as a young producer on the Milwaukee Buck Radio network during the 1970-71 season, the same year Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson led the team to an NBA Championship.
  • Eddie Doucette, the original voice of the Milwaukee Bucks and a legendary broadcaster with over 30 years of experience calling NBA action, is set to receive the 2013 Curt Gowdy Media Award during the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's Enshrinement events in Springfield, Mass. The 2013 Hall of Fame inductees include Gary Payton, Bernard King, Rick Pitino and Jerry Tarkanian. Doucette served as the voice of Bucks basketball during the franchise's first 16 seasons, including the memorable 1970-71 campaign that culminated with Milwaukee's only NBA Championship. With a colorful on-air style, Doucette painted a vivid picture for listeners during the early years of Bucks basketball. He coined many memorable phrases, including naming Lew Alcindor's signature shot the "skyhook," and his "Bango!" catchphrase was eventually memorialized as the name of the Bucks' award-winning mascot. In addition to his work on Bucks broadcasts, Doucette also called games for the Indiana Pacers, Denver Nuggets, L.A. Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers, as well as NBA-TV, CBS, USA Network, and the NBA Radio Network. Doucette has also made key contributions to Major League Baseball through nearly 20 years of play-by-play work, served as the radio voice of the NFL's Los Angeles Rams, and has called the action for numerous college bowl games and PGA Tour events.
  • John Hahn, former Senior Director of Communications for the Detroit Red Wings, has been named Vice President of Corporate Communications at Ilitch Holdings, Inc.
  • Jerry Howarth, the Toronto Blue Jays longtime radio voice, was named the winner of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame's Jack Graney Award and was honored before the Jays game August 11. The award is presented to a media member that has made significant contributions to baseball in Canada through his/her life's work.  "Jerry Howarth is the voice of summer for thousands of Canadians," Hall director of operations Scott Crawford said. "In his 33 seasons and more than 5,000 games on Blue Jays' airwaves, he has set the standard for play-by-play commentators in our country. Not only is Jerry Howarth a great broadcaster, he's an outstanding citizen who does a lot for his community. I can't think of anyone more deserving of this honor."
  • Kate Ready was named Media Relations Coordinator of the Detroit Tigers.
  • Charlie Sanders, Pro Football Hall of Fame member and Detroit Lions Assistant Director of Pro Personnel and color analyst/sideline reporter on radio/TV over the years, received the 2013 Alvin Foon Humanitarian Award at the 29th Annual Michigan Jewish Sports Hall of Fame Induction Dinner on October 21st.
  • Aileen Villarreal was named Detroit Tigers' Director of Media Relations. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame. "We are fortunate to have a person from within the Tigers' organization who can step into this position," Dave Dombrowski, the club's president, CEO and general manager, said in a statement. "Aileen's skill set makes her an ideal choice to move the department forward."  
  • Cliff Russell is proud to be serving as the game analyst for the radio broadcasts of all 12 Wayne State University Warriors Men's Basketball home games this season on WDTK 1400 AM and 92.7 FM. Said Russell: "It is a personal thrill for me to broadcast Wayne State Basketball after playing for the Tartars in the late 70's. I hope you will have an opportunity to listen. The Warriors, who were selected to win the GLIAC Conference North Division in a pre-season poll, open their regular season at home against the Wilberforce Bulldogs. It should be an exciting season. Go Warriors!"
  • FOX Sports Detroit is excited to announce the addition of former National Basketball Association player Jerry Stackhouse as a studio analyst for select Pistons Live shows during the 2013-14 season. Stackhouse averaged almost 17 points a game during his 18-year NBA career. His best season came in Detroit, where he averaged 29.8 points a game in 2000-01. He was a two-time NBA All-Star (2000-01) and a member of the NBA All-Rookie First Team (1996). He played for the Detroit Pistons from 1997-2002. Stackhouse also spent time with Philadelphia, Washington, Dallas, Milwaukee, Miami, Atlanta and Brooklyn. He has served as an analyst for NBA TV and previously hosted Stack's House on Sirius Satellite Radio.
     "After 18 years in the NBA, I'm excited about this new phase of my career," Stackhouse said. "My five seasons in Detroit were a great period of growth for me personally and professionally. It's terrific to come back to the Motor City and join the FOX Sports Detroit team."  
James Ramsey
DSBA Associate Member
Don Carter 
TV-10 North Famington HS
John Conroy  
Romulus Recreation Dept.
Anthony Fenech  
Detroit Free Press Sports
Melinda Prince  
The following new members have joined the DSBA since our last newsletter, joining 144 others who previously paid their 2013 dues. Your 2014 Membership Dues are now payable at: DSBA, Attn: Treasurer, PO Box 1222, Warren, MI 48090-1222.
Don Carter
John Conroy
Anthony Fenech
Melinda Prince

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Annual DSBA Christmas Holiday Party
Friday, December 13, 2013
Sindbad's on the River, 1000St. Clair, Detroit, MI
Time: 11:45 am
Cost: $30 Members / Guests $35
Attire: Business Attire
What to Bring: A Gift or Two to Share
Emcee: Ken Kal, Voice of the Red Wings
Also, the announcement of the Kathy Best Award Winner! 

Annual Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Media Luncheon
December Date/Time/Location- To be announced

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