Jim Simpson was born on December 20, 1927, Washington, D.C., and died on January 13, 2016, in Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.
He was an American sportscaster,
Jim was best known for his smooth delivery as a play-by-play man and his versatility in covering many different sports.
In the year of 1997, Simpson won the Sports Lifetime Achievement Award.
In 2000, Jim was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame.
He was a native of the Washington, D.C. area, Simpson broadcast Atlantic Coast Conference basketball games in the early 1960s and worked as a sports reporter at WRC-TV.
Jim had broadcast many sports at NBC, including football, basketball, baseball, tennis, and golf.
Most of the 1960s and 1970s, Jim was generally considered the network’s number two play-by-play announcer, behind only Curt Gowdy.
Jim Simpson was in New Haven, Connecticut on November 22, 1963, to do the annual Havard-Yale football game with Lindsey Nelson when word came of the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
After his retirement, Simpson moved to St. Croix, Virgin Islands.
A next first of his, he was the initial U.S. sportscaster to appear live via satellite from Asia, and he was involved in the first American sportscast using instant replay technology.
ESPN brought Jim Simpson back from retirement to do play-by-play for a series of college basketball games in a “turn back the clock” format on the ESPN Classic network, in 2005.
Jim Simpson passed away at 88 yrs old.