Joe Davis
Born (1987-12-06) December 6, 1987 (age 34)
Alma materBeloit College
OccupationBroadcaster
Employers

Joseph Daniel Davis (born December 6, 1987) is an American television sportscaster who serves as the play-by-play broadcast announcer for Los Angeles Dodgers telecasts on Spectrum SportsNet LA. He also calls college football, college basketball, Major League Baseball and NFL games for Fox Sports and NFL Network.

Early years

Davis grew up in Potterville, Michigan, and graduated from Beloit College in 2010 with a degree in communications and journalism.

Broadcasting career

Davis started his professional career calling football, basketball, baseball and hockey for ESPN and was formerly the voice of the Montgomery Biscuits. From 2010 to 2012, Davis called college football, basketball, and baseball for Comcast Sports Southeast and served as a studio host for the Baylor ISP Network for the Baylor Bears and called NCAA Division III football and basketball for D3Sports.com. He is one of the very few broadcasters who has announced Division I sports along with Division III sports as well. For one season, Joe was the lead voice of the 2009 Illinois High School Volleyball State Championships and was the manager of broadcasting and media as well as calling games for the Schaumburg Flyers. His past work includes Beloit College basketball (men's and women's) and baseball as well as fill-in work for the Loyola Ramblers men's volleyball and women's basketball. He also called Sun Belt football and basketball for the Sun Belt Network. In 2012, he worked college football for ESPN, including the memorable Texas A&M win over Louisiana Tech with Johnny Manziel.

Fox Sports, NFL Network and FS1

In July 2014, Davis was hired by Fox Sports, where he calls college football and basketball, plus Major League Baseball and select National Football League games for the network and FS1. Davis has handled Division Series broadcasts on Fox/FS1 and filled-in on Game 4 of the 2019 American League Championship Series while Joe Buck called Thursday Night Football the same evening.[1] Davis also filled in on Game 7 of the 2020 National League Championship Series while Joe Buck called an NFL on Fox game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the Green Bay Packers. Later that year, Davis replaced Mike Tirico on the NFL Network broadcast of a Saturday night game between the Carolina Panthers and the Green Bay Packers after Tirico was dispatched to fill-in for Al Michaels on NBC Sunday Night Football, and would fulfill the same role in 2021.[2] Also in 2021, Davis filled-in on a NFL on Fox game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New Orleans Saints while Joe Buck called Game 5 of the World Series. In 2022, Davis was named to replace Joe Buck as the lead play-by-play announcer full time for MLB on Fox.[3] Later that year, Davis was selected to be Fox’s new #2 play-by-play man for their NFL coverage,[4] replacing Kevin Burkhardt, who became Buck’s NFL replacement.

Los Angeles Dodgers

In November 2015, Davis was hired by SportsNet LA to serve as an alternate play-by-play commentator for the Los Angeles Dodgers during the 2016 season. He split the play-by-play role with Charley Steiner for games that were not called by Vin Scully, who would be retiring as the team's television broadcaster at the end of the season.[5][6] Davis subsequently became Scully's successor for the 2017 season, alongside Orel Hershiser on color. In interviews, Davis stated that he did not plan to entirely emulate Vin Scully's style, use his catchphrases, or be viewed as a "replacement" of him, arguing that one cannot "replace the greatest anyone of all time in anything". He did, however, state that he wanted to maintain Scully's focus upon storytelling as a reminder of the traits of Scully. In regard to his transition to the role, Davis explained that "hopefully, some have listened and at least learned to tolerate me. But for my comfort level, last year was very important, and having Orel in the booth has been the best part, and biggest reason, for this being an enjoyable experience so far, personally and professionally. I'm eternally grateful to him for how he has gone out of his way."[7][5][8][9]

Personal life

Davis resides in South Pasadena, California, with his wife Libby and three children. One son is named in honor of Davis's colleague and friend, Orel Hershiser.[10]

His brother, Sam A. Davis, is the cinematographer and co-producer of the film Period. End of Sentence., the winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject) at the 91st Academy Awards.[11][12]

Career timeline

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References

  1. ^ "Joe Buck pulls double duty on ALCS, NFL". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  2. ^ "Mike Tirico replacing Al Michaels on Browns-Giants due to COVID-19 protocol issues". USA Today. Retrieved December 18, 2020.
  3. ^ Reineking, Jim (April 4, 2022). "LA Dodgers announcer Joe Davis to replace Joe Buck on Fox's World Series broadcasts". USA TODAY. Retrieved April 6, 2022.
  4. ^ "FOX Sports Charges Into 2022 NFL Season Bolstered by a Fresh, Dynamic Broadcaster Lineup and Its 10th Super Bowl Presentation on FOX". Fox Sports Press Pass. August 8, 2022. Retrieved August 9, 2022.
  5. ^ a b "Joe Davis to call Dodgers games through at least 2017". True Blue LA (SBNation). Retrieved March 2, 2017.
  6. ^ Stephen, Eric (November 11, 2015). "Dodgers hire Joe Davis to call 50 road games on TV in 2016". SB Nation. Retrieved December 3, 2015.
  7. ^ "How Joe Davis deals with the idea of 'replacing' Vin Scully for Dodgers". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved April 9, 2017.
  8. ^ Stephen, Eric (November 11, 2015). "Dodgers hire Joe Davis to call 50 road games on TV in 2016". SB Nation. Retrieved December 3, 2015.
  9. ^ "Dodgers Announcer Joe Davis on Replacing Legend Vin Scully and L.A.'s World Series Prospects". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 9, 2017.
  10. ^ "Dodgers Broadcaster Joe Davis Picks the Perfect Name for His New Baby". Dodgers Nation. July 2, 2021. Retrieved August 21, 2021.
  11. ^ "The list of nominees for the 91st Academy Awards". Alltechnotricks.com. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  12. ^ Potterville grad's film 'Period. End of Sentence.' nominated for an Academy Award
Sporting positions Preceded byJoe Buck World Series network television play-by-play announcer 2022-present Succeeded byIncumbent Preceded byJoe Buck Lead play-by-play announcer,Major League Baseball Game of the Week 2022–present Succeeded byIncumbent Preceded byJoe Buck Lead play-by-play announcer,Major League Baseball on Fox 2022–present Succeeded byIncumbent