Last NameSportCountryYear Inducted

Field: Media
Inducted: 1993
Country: United States
Born: September 10, 1886 in New York, New York
Died: July 10, 1979

Sam Taub was the sport of boxing’s first blow-by-blow radio broadcaster, announcing more than 7,000 matches during his long career.

Taub became a radio announcer in 1924 following a successful newspaper career. The actual date is unknown, but Taub called the first U.S. radio broadcast of a boxing match in the late 1920s. In 1937, he was the ringside commentator for the first commercially sponsored series of boxing broadcasts, 18 weeks from the New York Hippodrome, sponsored by Adams Hats. The package was promoted by Mike Jacobs and Nat Fleischer, both of whom are also IJSHOF honorees (see Boxing).

In 1938, Taub was at the microphone for the first regularly televised bouts in the United States, from Ridgewood Grove, St. Nicholas Arena, and Jamaica, all in New York. His blow-by-blow description of the Max Baer versus Lou Nova bout, on April 4, 1941, was the first boxing telecast from Madison Square Garden. He also hosted his own sports show on New York radio for 24 years.

Taub was elected to the Boxing Hall of Fame in 1978, and to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1995.
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