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Tom Hammond Bio, Age, Net Worth, Wife, NBC, Health, Awards

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Tom Hammond Biography

Tom Hammond is an American sportscaster for NBC Sports. For many years, Hammond was one of the network’s staple on-air presenters, along with Bob Costas and Dan Hicks.

He is best known for his coverage of Thoroughbred Racing on NBC, coverage of Notre Dame Football on NBC from 1992 until 2012 and his coverage of the NFL on NBC from 1985 until 2011.

He also served as the play-by-play announcer for NBC’s coverage of track and field at each Summer Olympics from 1992 to 2016. Hammond also announced the speed skating events during the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Tom Hammond Age

Hammond was born on May 10, 1944. He is aged 75 years as of 2019.

Tom Hammond Net Worth

Hammonds net worth is over a million dollars. Updates on the exact amount will however be made soon.

Tom Hammond Wife and Children

He and his wife, Sheilagh, have three grown children, sons David and Christopher, and daughter Ashley. His son David has followed in his father’s footsteps, becoming a radio commentator for Syracuse University’s basketball and football teams and working as a play-by-play announcer for The AFL on NBC.

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Tom Hammond Education and Early Career

He earned a B.S. in animal science in 1967 from the University of Kentucky, specializing in equine genetics and following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Thomas Poe Cooper, a former dean of the UK College of Agriculture and a former Acting President of UK. Hammond began his career with WVLK Radio, where he was news and sports director. The year 1970 and for the next 10 years, he was sports director for WLEX-TV.

He was named a play-by-play announcer for Southeastern Conference basketball games in 1980. In the 1970s and 1980s, he served as a sales announcer at the Keeneland Thoroughbred Sales and at thoroughbred horse sales in 16 other states. Hammond is recognized as a specialist and national expert on thoroughbred pedigrees.

He was the lead play-by-play commentator for Southeastern Conference men’s basketball broadcasts by TVS (1980–1983), SPI/Lorimar (1984–1986) and Raycom Sports (formerly Lincoln Financial Sports and Jefferson Pilot Sports) from 1987 until 2009. He had known his color commentator on the Lincoln Financial broadcasts, Larry Conley, since junior high school.

Tom Hammond NBC and Career Timeline

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His tenure at NBC began in 1984, when he was named as a co-host of the inaugural Breeders’ Cup alongside Dick Enberg. That was supposed to be a one-shot deal for Hammond, but network execs were so impressed, he ended up getting a long-term contract. Hammond was the main host of the network’s thoroughbred racing coverage until Mike Tirico took over in 2017.

His duties at NBC expanded to covering many other sports. Tom Hammond was the network’s play-by-play voice for its coverage of Notre Dame football alongside analyst Mike Mayock. Hammond was also the lead play-by-play man for The AFL on NBC. He also has been very much involved in NBC’s Olympic Games coverage. During the Summer Olympics, Hammond served as the chief commentator for track and field, a position for which he debuted at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, where his broadcast partner that year was O.J. Simpson.

He has since said that, prior to the O.J. Simpson murder case, he and Simpson were great friends and got along well. He also commentates on other track and field events shown on NBC. In the Winter Olympics, Hammond is the main commentator for figure skating and ice dancing. He is sort of unique in that, unlike most of his NBC Sports colleagues, he does not live in or around the New York City area, opting to stay in his hometown of Lexington, a decision he made during his early days at NBC.

He isn’t alone in this choice; despite being a New York native himself, Costas lives in St. Louis, Missouri. He was considered the leading play-by-play candidate when NBC won the bidding for Sunday night NFL coverage beginning with the 2006 season, but ended up losing out to former ABC announcer Al Michaels after the latter signed with NBC.

He teamed with Cris Collinsworth to call the secondary Saturday Wild Card playoff game for NBC each year, including Chiefs-Colts in January 2007, Redskins-Seahawks in 2008, and Falcons-Cardinals in 2009, but teamed with Joe Gibbs and Joe Theismann for the Jets-Bengals Wild Card playoff game in January 2010, as Cris Collinsworth partnered with Al Michaels in the 2009 season due to the retirement of John Madden after the 2008 season.

He also filled in for Bryant Gumbel as play-by-play announcer on the NFL Network’s December 13, 2007 game featuring the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans on Thursday Night Football, once more teaming with Collinsworth. He and Collingsworth also serve as the announcing team on the Madden NFL video game in 2009 and 2010 and Madden NFL 10.

The game is notable for how he mispronounced the name of then-Oakland Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. His work at NBC also included play-by-play commentary for The NBA on NBC and The NFL on NBC. Hammond called gymnastics, figure skating, the WNBA, the Orange Bowl and college basketball.

Tom Hammond Career Timeline

  • 1967–1970: WVLK (AM) sports director
  • 1970–1980: WLEX-TV sports director
  • 1980–1983: SEC men’s basketball play-by-play, TVS Television Network
  • 1984–1986: SEC men’s basketball play-by-play, Lorimar Sports Network
  • 1984–2016: Reporter and host, Thoroughbred Racing on NBC
  • 1985–1998: College Basketball on NBC play-by-play
  • 1985–1997, 2006–2011: NFL on NBC play-by-play
  • 1987–2009: SEC men’s basketball play-by-play, Raycom Sports
  • 1992–1997, 2000–2012: Notre Dame Football on NBC play-by-play
  • 1992–2001: NBA on NBC play-by-play
  • 1992–present: Olympics on NBC (track & field, figure skating & speed skating)

Tom Hammond Health

In the past few years, his health has somewhat deteriorated. Under two months in March 24, 2001 before NBC was supposed to broadcast the Kentucky Derby for the very first time, he underwent an operation for diverticulitis, a disease that affects the colon. In the surgery, a portion of Hammond’s colon was removed. Hammond however, even with the short amount of time between the Derby and his operation.

He managed to get healthy enough to make his dream of broadcasting his home state’s most famous sporting event become a reality on May 5, 2001. He wasn’t so lucky in October 2002, when he underwent open-heart surgery. He ended up missing the Breeders’ Cup that year. Bob Costas took Hammond’s place at the hosting desk. It was the only Breeders’ Cup Hammond was not a part of until 2006, when ESPN had their first year of coverage.

Tom Hammond Honors and Awards

He has been awarded horse race broadcasting’s top honor, the Eclipse Award (Media category), in 1984 and 1996. Hammond was awarded an Emmy Award for coverage of the 1992 Breeder’s Cup. Hammond also won Emmys for sports broadcasting in 1988 (men’s and women’s basketball), 1992 (Olympics coverage of track and field and diving) and 1996 (Olympics Track and Field).

Hammond was the first recipient of the annual Outstanding Kentuckian Award given by the A.B. Chandler Foundation, is a charter member of the Lafayette High School Hall of Fame, and has been inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame, University of Kentucky Hall of Distinguished Alumni and Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame. Inducted into the KY Pro Football HOF in 2006.