TV Icon Dead at 91

TV Icon Dead at 91

( – Some sportscasters are born to provide play-by-play commentary and tell the stories that shape sports and generations of people. Legendary sports commentator Gerald Sinstadt was such a person. The UK legend was born in Folkestone, Great Britain, in 1930. The former BBC and ITV sportscaster was one of the most recognizable voices in all of sports. Making his story all the more inspirational, Sinstadt began his sportscasting career later in life while in his forties.

Sinstadt’s glorious career included his coverage of four World Cups and Olympics. He was a regular football (soccer) commentator up until his retirement. It’s his on-air analysis during some of sports’ biggest moments that earned him the respect of his colleagues and listeners alike. He recorded some of the most significant moments in sports, including:

  • The 1974 famous backheel goal by Denis Law in Manchester City versus United,
  • The 1978 broadcast of West Brom’s 5-3 win over Manchester United,
  • International superstar Diego Maradona’s goal in the 1994 World Cup right before officials kicked the Argentinian out of the tournament due to a failed drug test, and
  • West Germany’s controversial 1982 semi-final win over France.

Sports listeners who remember Gerald Sinstadt’s distinguished commentary will miss hearing his voice but treasure it every time they hear a clip or a replay of his brilliant play-by-play announcing.

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