A hard-hitting and sometimes controversial sportscaster, Jim Gray has worked with several TV networks, among them ESPN, CBS, NBC and Showtime. He has won 11 National Emmy Awards and twice has been named Sports Reporter of the Year by the American Sportscasters Assn.
Gray interviewed Mike Tyson shortly after the boxer bit the ear of Evander Holyfield in a 1997 fight, and was the sideline reporter during the into-the-stands NBA brawl between the Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers in 2004. Most memorable, though, was Gray’s uncomfortable interview with baseball legend Pete Rose during Game 2 of the 1999 World Series.
On that night, after Rose was introduced as a member of the Major League Baseball All-Century Team, Gray pointedly questioned him about allegations he gambled on baseball. Although at the time Rose repeatedly denied ever doing so, he admitted in his autobiography four years later that he in fact had bet on games.
Raised in Denver, Colo., Gray attended the University of Colorado in the late 1970s and was a classmate of Rick Reilly, who would become one of America’s best sportswriters. Gray and Reilly, just starting their careers, roomed together on the road while covering the school’s Lady Buffs basketball team.