Karl Ravech

Karl Ravech (/ˈrævɪ/; born 1964/1965)[1] is an American journalist who works as the primary play by play commentator for Sunday Night Baseball.[2]

Karl Ravech
Ravech on the set of Baseball Tonight in July 2011
Born1964/1965 (age 57–58)
EducationIthaca College, B.S.
Binghamton University, M.A.
Years active1986–present
Notable credit(s)ESPN
TitleSportsCenter anchor, Baseball Tonight host, golf commentator

Early life and education

Ravech is a native of Needham, Massachusetts.[3] He received a bachelor's degree in communications from Ithaca College in 1987 and a master's degree in management and leadership from Binghamton University in 1990.[4][5]


Early Work

He worked at WBNG-TV, in Binghamton, N.Y., as a sports anchor/reporter from 1987 to 1990 and then WHTM-TV in Harrisburg, Pa. from 1990-1993 in a similar role.[6]


Ravech has worked for ESPN since 1993,[4] appearing primarily on SportsCenter and Baseball Tonight. Since 2006, Ravech has provided commentary for ESPN and ABC's coverage of the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.[4] He has also done commentary for the College World Series, golf, college basketball, and ESPN's KBO League coverage during 2020.[4] He also appears as the Baseball Tonight host in the 2K Sports video game, Major League Baseball 2K5.[7]

Ravech with the West Point Cadets on March 31, 2011.


Personal life

Ravech suffered a heart attack in November 1998.[8] Ravech's son Sam, at the age of 22, became the youngest play-by-play broadcaster on ESPN after calling a Tulane men's basketball game on November 22, 2017.[9]


  1. Greenidge, Jim (April 10, 1995). "Ravech Is Keeping His Eye on the Ball". The Boston Globe. p. 39. Ravech, 30, is the host of Baseball Tonight, the 30-minute 10:30 P.M. and midnight daily ESPN offering that recently began its sixth season.
  2. "Karl Ravech" Archived 2012-05-02 at the Wayback Machine. espnmediazone3.com. November 17, 2009. Retrieved October 3, 2011.
  3. Kuc, Chris (August 27, 2021). "Q&A: Karl Ravech on Career Journey, Life-Changing Moment, Calling LLWS". Sports Section. Retrieved October 9, 2022. I played run-around games growing up in Needham, Massachusetts...
  4. "Karl Ravech - ESPN Press Room". ESPN. Retrieved October 9, 2022.
  5. "Notable Alumni". Binghamton University Alumni Associtation. Retrieved October 9, 2022.
  6. "Karl Ravech". ESPN. Retrieved November 25, 2022.
  7. "ESPN Major League Baseball 2K5" Archived 2012-09-02 at the Wayback Machine. gamefront.com. Retrieved October 3, 2011.
  8. Rothbaum, Noah. "I'm A Runner: Karl Ravech" Archived 2015-04-02 at the Wayback Machine, Runner's World, 1 April 2008. Retrieved on 24 March 2015.
  9. Times-Dispatch, JOHN O’CONNOR Richmond. "Sam Ravech, son of ESPN's Karl Ravech, joining Squirrels broadcast team". Richmond Times-Dispatch.
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