Jan. 3, 2001 New York County (Manhattan) New York, USA
One of America's premier sports broadcasters for five decades. The story of Marty Glickman begins when he was an 18-year-old sprinter on the 1936 U.S. Olympic team that competed at the Berlin, Germany games three years prior to the outbreak of World War II. Glickman and fellow sprinter Sam Stoller were the only Jewish members of the American delegation in Berlin and were scheduled to run in the 4 by 100 relay, which the United States was heavily favored to win. On the day before the race, Glickman and Stoller were replaced with Jesse Owens (who had already won three gold medals in the 100m, 200m, and long jump) and Ralph Metcalfe, who were of Afro-American descent. Glickman maintained the belief that he was replaced because he was Jewish and hated by Adolf Hitler and the Nazis, but American coach Dean Cromwell asserted that he wanted to place the four fastest sprinters into the lineup. The American foursome of Jesse Owens, Ralph Metcalfe, Foy Draper, and Frank Wyckoff won the race by 15 yards as Glickman watched from the stands. He alleged that the United States would have easily won the relay even without the 2-man substitution. The anti-Semitic snub would haunt Marty Glickman for the rest of his life. It is interesting to note that Jessie Owens did not want to replace Glickman on the relay team, and the two men remained close friends until Owens' death in 1980. Glickman was educated at Syracuse University, where he starred in both football and track before graduating in 1939. After brief careers in professional football and basketball, he went on to become a distinguished sportscaster, best known as the voice of the New York Knicks (21 years), New York Giants (23 years), and New York Jets (11 years). He hosted pre-game and post-game shows for the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Yankees for 22 years. He also did some New York Rangers broadcasts and called horse races at Yonkers Raceway for twelve years. Viewers were so enamored with Glickman's style that they turned their TV volume off and turned their radios on to listen to his audio broadcast of the same event on television. Marty was a mentor to many people in the broadcasting industry, including Marv Albert and Al DeRogatis. Marty Glickman has received numerous honors and awards through the years, among them the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame's Curt Gowdy Award in 1991, the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame in 1992, and the American Sportscasters Hall of Fame in 1993. Marty Glickman was the voice of broadcasting for professional and amateur athletics for his entire professional career. He called the play-by-play for high school football games and college basketball at the same time that he covered professional events. He was one of the most distinguished and respected personalities in the history of sports broadcasting. Marty Glickman said goodbye to his last audience in December 1992, when he broadcast a Jets game. He led a very rewarding professional life. He underwent heart bypass surgery at age 83 on December 14, 2000, but died of complications about three weeks after the operation. Glickman was cremated and had no funeral. Marty Glickman's autobiography, "Fastest Kid On The Block," was published in 1996. (bio by: Anthony B)
Burial: Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
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