Joe Buck is an American play-by-play sportscaster who is most popular for announcing the NFL, MLB, and USGA games for Fox. Joe has been under harsh criticisms for his game announcing style as well as the belief that he rode on his dad’s fame to make it big in the field of sports broadcasting. Be that as it may, the Fox Sports No.1 NFL and MLB voice has continued to make his marks in a career that has spanned almost three decades.
In 2018, he became the all-time highest play-by-play announcer, having called five Super Bowls, 20 All-Star games, 21 World Series, and 23 MLB League Championship Series for Fox Sports. His outstanding performance in sports announcing has so far earned him seven Emmy Awards, alongside several other honors. Read on to get all the details about Joe Buck’s career, personal life, and other facts.
Joe Buck Bio (Age)
He was born as Joseph Francis Buck on April 25, 1969, in St. Petersburg, Florida, United States. He is one of two children born to Jack Buck and his wife, Carole Lintzenich. Buck has six other siblings whom his father had with his first wife, Alyce Larson.
Joe grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, attending the St. Louis Country Day School. After high school, he attended Indiana University, Bloomington. While some sources say that he did not complete his program, others hold that he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Telecommunications from the university in 1991.
Buck began treading the career path of his father right from childhood. He later kick-started his own sports reporting career in 1989, while still a student at Indiana University. He started off with calling play-by-play for Louisville Redbirds (now Memphis Redbirds) as well as reporting the Triple-A All-Star Game for the ESPN. In 1991, he reported for KMOV, a St. Louis-based CBS affiliate. He also called the St. Louis Cardinals baseball games on behalf of his dad and sometimes with him, both on local television and KMOX radio. Between 1992 and ’93, he called play-by-play for the University of Missouri basketball team.
Continuing to call the Cardinals’ games, Fox Sports employed Joe Buck in 1994 to announce the network’s NFL games. He also served as the host of Fox Sports Net’s weekly news show, Goin’ Deep. In 1996, he became the lead play-by-play reporter for Fox’s MLB games alongside legendary sportscaster, Tim McCarver. He also became the No. 1 announcer of the network’s NFL games in 2002. Between August 2006 and March 2007, Joe Buck hosted Fox’s popular pre-game show, Fox NFL Sunday. As his responsibilities grew on Fox, Buck cut down his schedules with the Cardinals, eventually stopping calling for the team in 2007. From 2009 to 2010, Joe Buck hosted Joe Buck Live, a sports-based talk show on the HBO network. In 2014, Joe also became a co-anchor of Fox USGA telecast, alongside Greg Norman.
Buck has also been the host of a celebrity golf tournament, Joe Buck Classic since 2000. The games which hold every May is geared towards raising funds for St. Louis Children’s Hospital. The exceptional sportscaster is also involved with several other charities including the Mathews-Dickey Boys’ & Girls’ Club, Parkinson’s Foundation, and the City of Hope.
In addition to sportscasting, Joe Buck has also appeared on several other television shows and series including American Dad, Family Guy, Conan, and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. In 2016, he published his autobiography titled, Lucky Bastard: My Life, My Dad and the Things I’m Not Allowed to Say on TV.
His Net Worth
As a Fox sportscaster, host and game announcer, Joe Buck earns an annual salary of five million. His net worth is currently estimated at $15 million.
Wife, Daughter, and Dad
Joe Buck married his middle school sweetheart, Ann Archambault in 1993. They had two daughters, Natalie and Trudy together. The couple eventually separated in 2010, and subsequently completed their divorce proceedings in 2011. Buck’s first daughter, Natalie is taking his footsteps in broadcasting. She studied Telecommunications Engineering at Indiana University and has served as an intern at KTVI as well as at Fox 2 St. Louis. His second daughter, Trudy is studying at the USC School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles, California.
Three years after the end of his first marriage, Joe Buck married Michelle Beisner, precisely on April 12, 2014. Four years later, on April 26, 2018, the couple welcomed twin sons – Wyatt Joseph and Blake Andrew. Joe Buck’s wife, Michelle Beisner is also a successful sportscaster and Emmy award winner, currently working for ESPN. She is a former Denver Broncos cheerleader and previously worked for the NFL network.
Joe Buck comes from a family of sportscasters. His dad, John Francis Buck popularly known as Jack Buck (1924-2002) was a legendary American sportscaster. During his sports reporting career that spanned about five decades, Jack Buck covered 8 World Series and 17 Super Bowls. He is, however, most popular for calling MLB games of the St. Louis Cardinals from 1954 to 2000. He only stopped announcing the Cardinals’ games two years before his death. Jack was a heavy smoker. He consequently died of complications from several surgeries including the one for lung cancer.
Joe Buck’s Height
Joe Buck is a tall man, he has a height of 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 meters). While other details of his body measurements are hard to come by, there is no doubt that he is a good-looking fella. Joe has light brown hair and green eyes.