Christopher J. Berman '77
Hometown: Cheshire, CT
Year Inducted: 1991
Today Chris Berman paints brilliant word pictures for ESPN’s national sports audience. His wit, wordplay and knowledge won Berman the National Sportscaster of the Year award in 1989 and 1990 and established him as cable television’s brightest, most versatile talent. He first practiced his play-by-play art of the airwaves of WBRU-AM with his broadcasts of Brown baseball, basketball, football and ice hockey. Determined listeners across campus heard a young virtuoso whose effort and gift would carry him to the top of his profession. Similar to his days on the East Side, Berman is everywhere for ESPN. He anchors the popular SportsCenter show as well as hosting, “NFL Game Day” and the Sunday Evening Highlight show, “NFL Primetime.” Baseball fans rejoiced in 1990 when ESPN picked Berman as a play-by-play commentator for their Major League Baseball game of the week.
Berman’s trademark has become his artistic construction of professional athletes’ nicknames. Bert “Be Home” Blyleven, Jose “Can You See” Cruz and Von “Purple” Hayes are some who have been brushed with Berman’s master stroke. He adds life to everything he touches without ever obscuring the news. Berman, born May 10, 1955, currently makes his home in Cheshire, Conn. with his wife Kathy, and their two children, Meredith and Douglas.