41 Facts About Gary Thorne


Gary F Thorne was born on June 9,1948 and is an American sportscaster.


Gary Thorne was the lead play-by-play announcer for Baltimore Orioles games on MASN from 2007 to 2020.


Gary Thorne has worked for ESPN and ABC, including National Hockey League, Major League Baseball, college football, and the Frozen Four hockey tournament.


Gary Thorne's son-in-law, Damian DiGiulian, is a former assistant coach for the University of Vermont hockey team; Maine and Vermont are rivals in the Hockey East conference of Division I hockey.


In 1985, Gary Thorne began a four-year stint as a radio announcer for the New York Mets.


Gary Thorne was present in the booth at Shea Stadium, along with Bob Murphy, for the sixth game of the 1986 World Series between the Mets and Boston Red Sox.


Gary Thorne was one of the first to criticize the Red Sox for leaving ill-fated Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner in the 10th inning of the game over Dave Stapleton.


Gary Thorne served as the TV play-by-play announcer for the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network's Baltimore Orioles games from 2007 to 2019.


Gary Thorne was let go by MASN entirely on January 23,2021.


On September 23,2022, Gary Thorne filled in for Wayne Randazzo on radio for a WCBS broadcast of game between the Mets and the Athletics.


In 1989, Thorne was named a backup play-by-play announcer for ABC's coverage of Thursday Night Baseball telecasts with Joe Morgan.


Gary Thorne served as a field reporter for the World Series and covered the World Series Trophy presentation for ABC.


From 1996 until 2003, Gary Thorne served as the play-by-play man for the World Series produced by MLB International, airing in over 200 countries around the world, as well as on the American Forces Network.


Likewise, it was Gary Thorne who was on the call for MLB International when New York Mets third baseman Robin Ventura hit a "Grand Slam Single" to end Game 5 of the 1999 National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves after 15 innings.


In 2008, Gary Thorne was named the lead play-by-play announcer for ESPN Radio's Sunday Night Baseball coverage.


Gary Thorne teamed with color commentator Dave Campbell to call a majority of the network's Sunday Night games, although occasionally other commitments would cause him to miss a broadcast, with other ESPN announcers filling in for him that week.


Gary Thorne has worked on one of ESPN Radio's postseason Division Series crews each year, and called the 2008 All-Star Game for non-US viewers via MLB International television.


Gary Thorne's voice is heard in Pepsi commercials featuring New York Yankees' Johnny Damon, the Minnesota Twins' Joe Mauer and MLB umpire Laz Diaz.


Gary Thorne is the play-by-play announcer of the video games Major League Baseball 2K9, Major League Baseball 2K10, Major League Baseball 2K11, Major League Baseball 2K12, and Major League Baseball 2K13.


From 2011 until 2016, Gary Thorne served as master of ceremonies for the National Baseball Hall of Fame's induction ceremonies.


In 1977, Gary Thorne called hockey games for Augusta, Maine radio and television stations.


Gary Thorne rose to prominence in Maine broadcasting, when he began calling play-by-play for the University of Maine's hockey games for Bangor radio station WABI.


Gary Thorne was asked to call Maine hockey games during winter months until 1987 when the lure of doing play-by-play in the NHL became too strong for Gary Thorne to ignore.


Gary Thorne missed several Mets games in the 1988 season due to Devils playoff games.


Gary Thorne was replaced after that Mets season by Gary Cohen.


Gary Thorne spent the following season with the Chicago White Sox.


In March 2014, Gary Thorne called several high school games in the Class AA Minnesota State High School League boys hockey tournament for local independent TV station KSTC-TV.


When interviewed by The New York Times, Gary Thorne expressed his enjoyment for being asked to announce.


From 1992 to 2004, Gary Thorne called NHL play-by-play for games on ESPN, ESPN2, and ABC, including many of the latter-round playoff games.


Gary Thorne was almost always paired with color commentator Bill Clement during these ESPN-produced telecasts.


NBC enlisted Gary Thorne to call the hockey tournament with John Davidson during the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.


In 2005, when ESPN dropped out of the bidding for NHL hockey games, Gary Thorne began doing play-by-play for baseball and college football on ESPN.


Gary Thorne picked up duties as the lead play-by-play announcer for the Frozen Four, again paired with color commentator Bill Clement and Darren Pang.


Gary Thorne called the end of two long-running Stanley Cup droughts, in 1994 for the New York Rangers and 1997 for the Detroit Red Wings.


Gary Thorne was named to call the play-by-play of Team USA's games in the 2010 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships for the NHL Network alongside Dave Starman.


Gary Thorne returned to NHL Network in 2011 to call Team USA's games in the 2011 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.


Gary Thorne himself had expressed his interest in making a return to the network to call some of their games.


Gary Thorne was the announcer for ABC's coverage of the Capital One Bowl for 2004 and 2005.


In 2011, Gary Thorne joined CBS Sports Network as a play-by-play man for college football and has been paired with Randy Cross as color analyst.


In September 2002, Gary Thorne reportedly talked of dissension in the Mets clubhouse between manager Bobby Valentine and the team's players.


Gary Thorne explained that it was in the context of the sarcasm and the jabbing that goes on in the clubhouse.