John Rooney (sportscaster)
A Richmond, Missouri native, Rooney began his broadcast career in the 1970s, doing a number of assignments for various radio stations in Missouri and Oklahoma. In 1980, he began calling play-by-play for the Oklahoma City 89ers, a minor league baseball team. He broadcast for the Louisville Redbirds beginning in 1983. He also called Missouri Tigers men's basketball for many years and did Chicago Bulls radio from 1989 to 1991.
Major League Baseball careerEdit
Rooney broadcast for the Minnesota Twins in the mid-1980s. In 1988, he joined the Chicago White Sox' television crew; the following year, he switched to the team's radio booth, where he teamed up with Wayne Hagin (1989 to 1991) and Ed Farmer (1992 to 2005).
In September 2005, it was announced that Rooney would be leaving the White Sox' radio crew after 18 years, due to a salary dispute with their new flagship station. His final broadcast with the team was Game 4 of the 2005 World Series, which ended in the White Sox' first Series championship since 1917. The following season, he joined the Cardinals' radio crew on KTRS, teaming with former player and veteran broadcaster Mike Shannon. The Cardinals won the 2006 World Series, so Rooney called successive championship seasons for different teams, a major league first.
Rooney worked for CBS Radio from 1984 to 2003, nationally broadcasting various sports events including Major League Baseball, the National Football League, college football, and college basketball. He called Saturday baseball telecasts for Fox Sports from 1996 to 1998, and postseason Division Series games for ESPN Radio in 2003 and 2004. In 2004, he was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.
Rooney continues to work the occasional baseball broadcast for ESPN Radio, and is also a play-by-play announcer for NFL coverage on the Sports USA Radio Network.
Rooney punctuates team victories a catchphrase, "That's a Redbirds/White Sox winner!" His signature home run call is "It's a goner!". When the leadoff batter is due up first in later innings, he says “top of the order to you”.