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Howie Rose Biography, Age, Family, Wife, Education, Net Worth

Howie Rose, born Howard Rose is an American sportscaster. He is currently a radio broadcaster for the New York Mets on WCBS and formerly also called games

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Howie Rose Biography

Howie Rose, born Howard Rose is an American sportscaster. He is currently a radio broadcaster for the New York Mets on WCBS and formerly also called games for the New York Rangers and New York Islanders.  He was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.

Howie Rose Age

Rose was born on February 13, 1954, in Brooklyn, New York City, United States. He is 65 years old as of 2019. He is an American by nationality and he has a Jewish accent. He lives on Long Island in Woodbury, New York with his wife and two daughters.

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Howie Rose Family

Rose was born in Brooklyn into a Jewish family. He grew up a Mets and Rangers fan.

Howie Rose Wife

Rose is a married man. He is married to Barbara. They have two children together; Alyssa Rose and Chelsea Rose.  His oldest daughter Alyssa (29 years old as of 2019) is an actress who has appeared on the soap opera One Life to Live, had two separate podcasts, called Scoring Position and Drunk Love, and currently works for Sportsnet New York.

Howie Rose Education

He attended PS 205Q (The Alexander Graham Bell School), Benjamin N. Cardozo High School in Bayside, Queens and graduated from Queens College in 1977.

Howie Rose Career

During the mid-1970s, Rose began his career doing sports updates on Sports Phone, a telephone dial-in service based in New York City, which led to sports updates on WCBS-AM news radio station through the early 1980s.

Since 1995, Rose has been calling Mets play-by-play on radio or television and is considered as an expert in Mets history by fans and media outlets alike. He earlier hosted the pre- and post-game shows of “Mets Extra.” He worked on the TV booth until the 2003 retirement of Bob Murphy’s long-time Mets radio voice. Rose took Murphy’s place on WFAN next year alongside Gary Cohen.

Cohen began sharing the radio booth with partner Tom McCarthy as the play-by-play broadcaster on the then-new Mets television network SportsNet New York during the 2006 season. Wayne Hagin substituted McCarthy in 2008, and Rose has been calling matches with Josh Lewin since 2012. He called matches on WOR from 2014-2018 before transferring to WCBS in 2019. He also co-hosted MLB Now as part of the MLB Network, joining Brian Kenny, Mark DeRosa, and Ken Rosenthal.

During main Mets events, including Opening Day at Shea Stadium and Citi Field since 2004, Rose was also the master of ceremonies. He hosted ceremonies to mark the opening of Citi Field in 2009, the 40th anniversary of the victory of the Mets 1969 World Series, a special preaching ceremony to honor Ralph Kiner in 2008, and the retirement number ceremony of Mike Piazza in 2016.

Howie Rose Net Worth

Rose has an estimated net worth of $1.2 Million.

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The man behind the voice
An interview with New York sportscaster Howie Rose

Tell me a little about your background as a Mets fan. Wouldn’t it have been easier to root for the Yankees?
It began in 1961 when I was seven years old and got my introduction to baseball. My dad was a huge Yankee fan. At the time, we lived in the Bronx, and that was the year that Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle had their great homerun race, with both of them on one of the great teams of all time – the ’61 Yankees. So I was just totally immersed in baseball from that year on, and then in 1962, when the Mets debuted, I was narcissistic enough to think, “Wow, this is great, this team was created just for me! Here I am, a brand-new baseball fan, and now I have got a team of my own.” So I took a certain emotional and even proprietary interest in them from day one.

I remember the first game was at night and I was going to school the next day, and I couldn’t stay up and watch or listen to the game for very long. I went into my parents’ room early the next morning when I was getting ready to leave for school, and I said to my dad, “How did the Mets do last night?” and he told me they had lost. I remember I was disappointed, so that kind of meant that I was hooked from the very beginning.

How did your family take that newfound loyalty to a different team?
First of all, I never in those days rooted against the Yankees. They were every bit as much a part of me as my DNA because of my family background. My dad used to tease me a lot about being a Met fan in the early days. He used to dig me about it, but I’ll tell you that in 1969, he got tickets a couple of months in advance for one of those huge games with the Cubs in September, and I never saw him so excited. I was in school the day the Mets won the World Series in 1969, and when I came home, I heard that he had almost jumped up and hit his head on the ceiling from excitement at the last out. So I think I brought him into the ranks, too.

Did you dream of becoming a player?
Yeah, we all did. In the early ’60s, after I first discovered baseball, I said that I wanted to play for the Yankees, and my dad said: “Well, you can’t. You are Jewish.”

I had no idea what the world was all about, but he explained to me that the Yankees were not the most progressive organization in that respect. You know, when you are seven or eight that stuff doesn’t really mean much to you, but it stays with you. It sticks. I really did want to be a baseball player, but I knew very, very early on that I did not have the talent to do it. Because of that, I dedicated myself to becoming a broadcaster, since I didn’t want to waste the passion that I had.

When did you make the decision to go into broadcasting?
Unconsciously it was from when I started watching television. I remember getting a kick out of the guys who did game shows in those days. There was a show called Beat the Clock, and a guy named Bud Collyer was the emcee. He would later become the emcee on To Tell the Truth. Back then, the announcers used to wear these big long narrow cylinder microphones tied around their necks. My dad had a Polaroid camera, and after he was done, I would take the empty spool of film and give it to my mom and she would tie a string around it, and I would put it around my neck and make believe I was interviewing people. I was like, four or five years old at the time, so unconsciously I guess I had an inkling then that I would go into broadcasting.

You used to do a talk show. How did you end up joining the Mets?
I knew as my career evolved that it was something I would love eventually to do – to get involved with the Mets as a broadcaster, because when you have a passion for something and you believe in your ability to do it, it can be relentless. In the post-season of 1986, WHN created a show called Mets Extra. I was working at WCBS radio at the time, and I got word that WHN was looking to make that a permanent show and at the same time have a morning sports guy. I just thought, “Well, that’s made for me,” so I went after that one and got the job, and really that was the turning point in my career. When Mets Extra was made permanent for the ’87 season, that is when I became affiliated with the Mets, and I looked at that as the opening that I needed to hopefully find my way into the booth.

What is the difference between broadcasting on television and radio?
On television you are essentially narrating, while on radio you are describing, and you can never describe enough. You can certainly talk too much, but you can never describe enough. And the challenge of taking that blank mental canvas and creating images that are real and in a best-case scenario almost tangible is to me the greatest challenge in sports broadcasting. And I hope I do it justice, because it is so hard to do. There is always a detail that you worry you may have left out or did not do justice to.

Do you see your goal as entertaining the listener, informing him or educating him?
All of the above. They are all intertwined. You can never lose sight of the fact that it is entertainment, especially when you get to a point in the season where it looks like your team isn’t competing for a pennant. But you know that there are a lot of loyal listeners who want to be informed about what is going on. They want to be educated. At the same time, you want to do it with the right touch of humor. You don’t want to overdo it, because it is easy to morph into silliness, and I think you always have to discipline yourself not to get into that trap.

Is it more difficult to broadcast when the Mets are not performing well?
Sure it is. Conversely there is nothing like working for a team and broadcasting their games when they are winning. I can remember in ’06 the incredible excitement and tension of so many of the games both during the year and in the post-season. And also in ’07 and ’08, because they both went down to the last game of the season. That daily soap-operatic tension is allencompassing and it consumes you, but that’s the reward of this, really.

There seems to be an inherent contradiction between being an objective announcer, and the passion that one feels as a fan. How do you walk that line? How do you balance those two?
It has to come naturally. People think when you get excited when your team wins or does something well that you have lost your objectivity. Well, that’s nonsense. First of all, you have to know your audience. I am broadcasting Mets games on radio to a predominantly and overwhelmingly high number of listeners who are invested emotionally in the Mets. They are my constituents. The way I look at it is that we are all together in this. I want them to think that they can trust me – that is the biggest thing. They know my background. They know I grew up a Met fan and that it means a lot to me when they win and it hurts me when they lose. But they also have to know that they can trust my description of the game so that I am not sugarcoating things that a Met does poorly, or overemphasizing something they do well. It sounds like a complicated line to walk, but if you just have that sort of foundation to work from where you are committed to telling the truth, you can do that passionately.

I have listened to your broadcasts, and you seem to have an encyclopedic knowledge of Mets history. Where does that come from?
Well let’s put it this way: The pages are getting yellower as the years move on. It is a little harder for me to recall certain things. But what happened is that I have lived it. I remember a lot of things firsthand because I was either at the ballpark or watching things on TV.

I will give you an example. I went to a game in 1966 against the Giants at Shea [Stadium], and the Mets were facing Juan Marichal, the great Hall of Fame pitcher whom they had never beaten at that point. In the bottom of the sixth inning, they were down 4-0, and Marichal had a perfect game going. The Mets starting pitcher Dennis Ribant was due up. I have no recollection of why Wes Westrum, the Mets manager, let Ribant hit for himself, but he did. Ribant hit this little hopper through the middle for a base hit, and there goes the perfect game. Eventually the Mets chipped away, and Ron Swoboda won it in the bottom of the ninth inning with a pinch-hit homer. It was so unbelievably exciting – remember, I was 12 years old. I went home from that game with my friends swearing I would never forget that date – it was August 4, 1966 – and I said, this is the greatest baseball game I will ever see in my life. I was just so connected to the team emotionally and so excited by that particular game. It is just an example of why I can remember certain games, because I made a mental note not to forget them, and they stay with you.

Much has been made of the Jewish love affair with baseball. How do you explain it? What is it about baseball that attracts Jews, and vice versa?
I am not nearly that smart. I have no idea. I don’t even have an opinion on that. I just know that I was attracted to it because I got it from my dad. And I would like to think that the family connection that we share as Jews is pretty deep, and when something is handed down from a parent to a child, whether it’s a sport or an activity or a passion for anything in particular, it sort of deepens the bond.

I have never thought about Jews in particular having a love for baseball. There are so relatively few of us who have played that maybe that’s part of it. Maybe we all see ourselves as the embodiment of what could have been if we only had the skill. I wouldn’t want to even venture a guess as to why there haven’t been more, because I don’t really feel that I can speak for any culture or ethnicity. But I do know that Sandy Koufax is still 20 feet tall to me, and I remember when he didn’t pitch in the 1965 World Series because of Yom Kippur, and it made a pretty profound impact on me.