Karl Ravech
Ravech on the set of Baseball Tonight in July 2011
Born (1965-01-19) January 19, 1965 (age 57)
EducationBinghamton University, Master's
Ithaca College, B.S.
Years active1986 – present
Notable credit(s)
TitleSportsCenter anchor, Baseball Tonight host, golf commentator
Spouse(s)Christine Olsen
ChildrenSam and Max Ravech

Karl Ravech (/ˈrævɪ/; born January 19, 1965) is an American journalist who works as the primary play by play commentator for Sunday Night Baseball.[1]

Early life and education

Ravech was born in Needham, Massachusetts. He attended and graduated from Needham High School.

He received a Bachelor's Degree in Communications from Ithaca College in 1987.[2] He also received a Master's Degree in Management and Leadership from Binghamton University in 1990.[3]



Ravech has worked for ESPN since 1993. He appears primarily on SportsCenter and Baseball Tonight. He has provided play-by-play commentary for the Little League World Series since 2003 and Major League Baseball as of 2013.

He also appears as the Baseball Tonight host in the 2K Sports video game, Major League Baseball 2K5.[4]

Ravech with the West Point Cadets on March 31, 2011.
Ravech with the West Point Cadets on March 31, 2011.

Ravech has also covered golf.

Since 2006, Ravech has provided commentary for ESPN and ABC's coverage of the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. In 2011, he added the Little League World Series Championship games and the College World Series to his yearly schedule. During the winter, Ravech is a play-by-play commentator on ESPN’s college basketball telecasts and has called the SEC basketball tournament since 2017.

Ravech served as a play-by-play commentator for ESPN’s KBO League coverage in 2020.

On September 29, 2020, Ravech provided play-by-play commentary[5] for Game 1 of the American League wild card playoff series between the Houston Astros and Minnesota Twins. Working alongside analysts Eduardo Pérez and Tim Kurkjian, it was the first time that the ABC network broadcast a Major League Baseball game since Game 5 of the 1995 World Series.


Personal life

Ravech resides in Avon, Connecticut, with his wife and two sons, Sam and Max.

Sam graduated from Pepperdine University in 2017.[citation needed] Sam was signed out of college by the San Francisco Giants-AA affiliate in Richmond as a TV/Radio Play-by-Play broadcaster.[citation needed] Sam also became the youngest Play-by-Play broadcaster on ESPN at the age of 22 after calling a Tulane Men’s Basketball game on November 22, 2017.[6]

Sam signed a contract with ESPN in 2018 to serve as a play-by-play broadcaster for college volleyball, basketball and baseball.

Ravech suffered a heart attack in November 1998.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Karl Ravech" Archived 2012-05-02 at the Wayback Machine. espnmediazone3.com. November 17, 2009. Retrieved October 3, 2011.
  2. ^ "ESPN's Karl Ravech '87 To Be Keynote Speaker at Butterfield/MVP Golf Banquet". ithaca.edu. May 26, 2010. Retrieved October 3, 2011.
  3. ^ "I know you have heard of these guys...". binghamton.edu. March 14, 2008. Retrieved October 3, 2011.
  4. ^ "ESPN Major League Baseball 2K5" Archived 2012-09-02 at the Wayback Machine. gamefront.com. Retrieved October 3, 2011.
  5. ^ "ESPN and ABC to Exclusively Televise 7 of 8 MLB Wild Card Series". Laughing Place Disney Newsdesk. September 28, 2020.
  6. ^ Times-Dispatch, JOHN O’CONNOR Richmond. "Sam Ravech, son of ESPN's Karl Ravech, joining Squirrels broadcast team". Richmond Times-Dispatch.
  7. ^ Rothbaum, Noah. "I'm A Runner: Karl Ravech" Archived 2015-04-02 at the Wayback Machine, Runner's World, 1 April 2008. Retrieved on 24 March 2015.