Mike Gorman
Gorman at the Massachusetts State House in 2008
Born (1947-11-24) November 24, 1947 (age 76)
Alma materBoston State College
Years active1970s–2024
Sports commentary career
TeamBoston Celtics
EmployerNBC Sports Boston

Mike Gorman (born November 24, 1947) is an American former sports commentator. After returning from the United States Navy in the 1970s, he began working at radio and television stations in Massachusetts and Rhode Island with the help of fellow commentator Gil Santos. Starting in 1981, Gorman began providing play-by-play commentary for local television broadcasts of the Boston Celtics, doing so alongside color commentator and Celtics legend Tom Heinsohn. The duo called games together until 2020, with Gorman later retiring from broadcasting in 2024.

Outside of the Celtics, Gorman also worked with CBS, ESPN, NBC, and TNT, providing play-by-play for events like Big East basketball games, NCAA basketball tournament games, the NBA playoffs, and the Summer Olympic Games. Gorman was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2021 as a recipient of the Curt Gowdy Award.

Early life

Gorman was born in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, on November 24, 1947, as the youngest of three children.[1][2] He attended Boston Latin School and played basketball for the school as a guard.[2] He graduated from Boston State College, now known as the University of Massachusetts Boston, in 1969, studying to become a teacher and coach.[2] Shortly after graduating, however, Gorman was drafted into the United States Navy and became an aviator specializing in reconnaissance as part of the VP-44 squadron operating out of Naval Air Station Brunswick.[2][3] Gorman was originally due to take part in an air mission near the coast of Spain in 1972 that eventually crashed into a mountain while operating in poor weather, killing all 14 crewmen onboard; he had been redirected to handle paperwork at the last minute.[2] The guilt Gorman felt from not being able to assist his squadron during the mission led to him never flying again and later retiring from the Navy in 1973, returning to live with his parents in Dorchester afterward.[2]


Early work

While looking for work after returning from the Navy, Gorman became interested in the radio and television industries after a fellow Navy crewman discussed his past experience in the fields with him.[2] As a result, he attempted to seek advice from Boston-based broadcaster Gil Santos at WBZ. After being initially turned away by the WBZ security guard, the guard allowed Gorman into the building after learning that he was a fellow Navy veteran.[3] Though WBZ did not have any open positions,[2] Santos assisted Gorman in being hired at the New Bedford-based WNBH station by fabricating Gorman's background in radio.[2][3] After selling advertisements and rotating elevator music tapes at WNBH, Gorman went on to work at WPRO in Providence, Rhode Island, and also became the sports director for WPRI-TV, serving as the play-by-play commentator for the Providence Friars men's basketball team.[2][3]

Boston Celtics

In 1981, Gorman began calling television broadcasts of Boston Celtics games on PRISM New England alongside color commentator and Celtics legend Tom Heinsohn; together they formed one of the longest-tenured broadcast tandems in professional sports, lasting 39 years.[4] Gorman's trademark calls during Celtics games would be occasionally exclaiming "got it!" or "takes it... makes it!" whenever a Celtics player made an important shot.[5] Gorman's partnership with Heinsohn came to an end when Heinsohn passed away in November 2020.[4] Former Celtics player and 2008 NBA champion Brian Scalabrine took over Heinsohn's role as the color commentator.[6]

Prior to the 2023–24 season, Gorman announced his intention to retire as the play-by-play commentator for the Celtics television broadcast following the season's conclusion.[7] During the final game of the Celtics' regular season on April 12, 2024, the courtside broadcasting table for TD Garden was renamed to the "Mike Gorman Broadcast Table" in a halftime ceremony honoring Gorman.[8] Gorman's final game came on May 1, 2024, in which the Celtics eliminated the Miami Heat from the playoffs in the fifth game of the first round. His tenure with the Celtics lasted 43 years.[6] Gorman's last game came one day before the final broadcast for longtime Boston Bruins play-by-play commentator Jack Edwards, who also announced his retirement during the Bruins' season.[9]

Other sports

Outside of working with the Celtics, Gorman was also the primary announcer for ESPN's "Big Monday" Big East Game of the Week, serving alongside color commentator Bill Raftery.[2] He additionally called some NCAA basketball tournament games on CBS[10] as well as the NBA playoffs on TNT.[11] Gorman also worked with NBC to provide commentary at multiple Summer Olympic Games. He first called tennis matches at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.[11] He later provided commentary for handball at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and called men's basketball games at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, doing the latter alongside Fran Fraschilla.[12]

Personal life

Gorman has been married twice, having a daughter, Kristen, from his first marriage.[2] He has been married to his second wife, Teri, since 1988; the two met while she had been a television stage manager for college basketball games and Gorman had been calling Big East basketball games.[2] Gorman's wife would go on to produce Big East basketball broadcasts, with the two of them collaborating on editing game highlights.[2]

Boston mayor Michelle Wu declared April 12, 2024, as "Mike Gorman Day" to honor Gorman's final regular season game with the Celtics.[10]


Gorman is a five-time recipient of the Sports Emmy Award.[13] He was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2004.[13] In 2021, he was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame after receiving the Curt Gowdy Electronic Media Award for his contributions as a basketball commentator.[11]


  1. ^ Finn, Chad (October 21, 2023). "Tipping off one final season with Mike Gorman on Celtics broadcasts, and paving the way for Drew Carter". Boston.com. Retrieved May 2, 2024.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Himmelsbach, Adam (May 1, 2019). "'Got it!' The winding, improbable journey of Celtics voice Mike Gorman". The Boston Globe. Retrieved May 2, 2024.
  3. ^ a b c d Roche, Conor (March 16, 2024). "How Gil Santos and a security guard helped start Mike Gorman's career". Boston.com. Retrieved May 2, 2024.
  4. ^ a b Finn, Chad; Dzen, Gary (November 10, 2020). "Longtime Celtics player, coach, and broadcaster Tom Heinsohn dies at 86". Boston.com. Retrieved May 2, 2024.
  5. ^ Deb, Sopan (June 15, 2022). "Longtime Voice of the Celtics Hopes He Cheered On a Championship Run". The New York Times. Retrieved May 2, 2024.
  6. ^ a b Gardner, Steve (May 2, 2024). "Legendary Celtics announcer Mike Gorman signs off for the final time". USA Today. Retrieved May 2, 2024.
  7. ^ "NBC Sports Boston and legendary Celtics play-by-play announcer Mike Gorman announce his farewell season". NBC Sports Boston. July 27, 2023. Retrieved May 2, 2024.
  8. ^ Dalzell, Noa (April 15, 2024). "After 43 years on the mic, Celtics' announcer Mike Gorman honored in his final regular season game". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved May 2, 2024.
  9. ^ Couture, Jon (May 2, 2024). "Watch Jack Edwards wrap his '19-year joyride' with Game 6 loss, declaring 'long live the Boston Bruins'". The Boston Globe. Retrieved May 3, 2024.
  10. ^ a b Cloutier, Eli (April 12, 2024). "Mayor Wu designates Sunday as 'Mike Gorman Day' in Boston". The Boston Globe. Retrieved May 2, 2024.
  11. ^ a b c "Mike Gorman, Mel Greenberg and George Kalinsky Named Recipients of Basketball Hall of Fame's 2021 Curt Gowdy Media Award". Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. May 16, 2021. Retrieved May 2, 2024.
  12. ^ Bird, Hayden (August 17, 2016). "Celtics announcer Mike Gorman weighs in on calling Olympic basketball". Boston.com. Retrieved May 2, 2024.
  13. ^ a b "Celtics Broadcasters". fsnnewengland.com. Archived from the original on May 5, 2008. Retrieved January 27, 2008.