Karl Ravech
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Ravech on the set of Baseball Tonight in July 2011
Born1964/1965 (age 58–59)
Years active1986–present
Notable credit(s)ESPN
TitleSportsCenter anchor, Baseball Tonight host, golf commentator

Karl Ravech (/ˈrævɪ/; born 1964/1965)[1] is an American journalist who works as the primary play by play commentator for Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN.[2]

Early life and education

Ravech is a native of Needham, Massachusetts.[3] He received a bachelor's degree in communications from Ithaca College in 1987 and a master's degree in management and leadership from Binghamton University in 1990.[4][5]


Early work

Ravech worked at WBNG-TV, in Binghamton, New York, as a sports anchor/reporter from 1987 to 1990, and then WHTM-TV in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, from 1990-1993 in a similar role.[6]


Ravech has worked for ESPN since 1993,[4] appearing primarily on SportsCenter and Baseball Tonight. Since 2006, Ravech has provided commentary for ESPN and ABC's coverage of the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.[4] He has also done commentary for the College World Series, golf, college basketball, and ESPN's KBO League coverage during 2020.[4] He also appears as the Baseball Tonight host in the 2K Sports video game, Major League Baseball 2K5.[7]

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


Personal life

Ravech suffered a heart attack in November 1998.[8] Ravech's son Sam, at the age of 22, became the youngest play-by-play broadcaster on ESPN after calling a Tulane men's basketball game on November 22, 2017.[9]


  1. ^ Greenidge, Jim (April 10, 1995). "Ravech Is Keeping His Eye on the Ball". The Boston Globe. p. 39. Ravech, 30, is the host of Baseball Tonight, the 30-minute 10:30 P.M. and midnight daily ESPN offering that recently began its sixth season.
  2. ^ a b "Karl Ravech" Archived May 2, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. espnmediazone3.com. November 17, 2009. Retrieved October 3, 2011.
  3. ^ Kuc, Chris (August 27, 2021). "Q&A: Karl Ravech on Career Journey, Life-Changing Moment, Calling LLWS". Sports Section. Retrieved October 9, 2022. I played run-around games growing up in Needham, Massachusetts...
  4. ^ a b c d "Karl Ravech - ESPN Press Room". ESPN. Retrieved October 9, 2022.
  5. ^ "Notable Alumni". Binghamton University Alumni Associtation. Retrieved October 9, 2022.
  6. ^ "Karl Ravech". ESPN. Retrieved November 25, 2022.
  7. ^ "ESPN Major League Baseball 2K5" Archived September 2, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. gamefront.com. Retrieved October 3, 2011.
  8. ^ Rothbaum, Noah. "I'm A Runner: Karl Ravech" Archived April 2, 2015, at the Wayback Machine, Runner's World, April 1, 2008. Retrieved on March 24, 2015.
  9. ^ Times-Dispatch, JOHN O’CONNOR Richmond. "Sam Ravech, son of ESPN's Karl Ravech, joining Squirrels broadcast team". Richmond Times-Dispatch.