Jack Whitaker Biography
Jack Whitaker (John Francis Whitaker) worked for both CBS and ABC as an American sportscaster. His broadcasting career in the Hall of Fame varied from the first Super Bowl to the Triple Crown Secretariat to brief essays of significant sporting occurrences.
Jack Whitaker graduated in 1941 from the Northeast Catholic High School. He subsequently graduated from Saint Joseph's University in 1947. At WPAM in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, he started his career in broadcasting. He later transferred to WCAU in 1950 where he was responsible for local weather broadcasts and other local announcement responsibilities. He then entered the station at CBS in Philadelphia.
He was inducted into the Hall of Fame American Sportscasters Association in 1997, the Hall of Fame National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association in 2001, and the Athletic Hall of Fame University of Saint Joseph in 2005. He was also awarded a 2012 Sports Lifetime Achievement Award.
Jack Whitaker, according to The Desert Sun, also served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Three days after D-Day in 1944, he landed on Omaha Beach and was honored to be released the following year.
Jack Whitaker Age
At the moment of his death, Jack was 95 years old ; he was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, on May 18, 1924.
Jack Whitaker Wife
His wife Patricia Whitaker survives Jack. From 1991 until her death in 2002, he had been married to tennis star Nancy Chaffee.
Jack Whitaker Children
Jack Whitaker's two daughters Marybeth Helgevold and Ann Hanan survive ; and his children Gerry, Whitaker, Jack Whitaker III and Kevin Whitake
Jack Whitaker Cause Of Death
He died of natural causes in his sleep in Devon, Pennsylvania, on August 18, 2019. From the first 21 Super Bowls, he was the only surviving play-by-play announcer.
CBS confirmed his death, CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus released a declaration stating, "In sports broadcasting there will never be another Jack Whitaker. His incredible capacity to write, his on-air presence, and mankind are unparalleled. His distinctive view on sports has been exceptional, ranging from horse racing to golf to NFL football.
Bituary of Jack Whitaker
Really saddened by the news that the great Jack Whitaker has passed away. Jack was a World War II vet and one of the greatest sports broadcasters of all time.— Pat Gallen (@PatGallenCBS3) August 18, 2019
He worked for @CBSSports, NBC, and ESPN for decades covering the NFL and horse racing. https://t.co/EIf6oZFix6
Longevity notwithstanding, such a loss. A North Star to guide generations of sports reporters. #RIP https://t.co/8uKyb9KEeN— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) August 18, 2019
I grew up watching my dad’s VHS tapes of horse racing telecasts hosted by Jack Whitaker. He was so great. https://t.co/BIeUrnoiiO— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) August 18, 2019