Bill Campbell Passes Away at Age 91

The "Dean of Philadelphia Sportscasting" called Eagles games on radio and television for 15 seasons in the '50s and '60s.

Before there was Merrill Reese or Charlie Swift or Andy Musser there was Bill Campbell. Campbell, affectionately known as "the Dean of Philadelphia Sportscasting" passed away Monday at the age of 91.

Campbell was the play-by-play voice of the Eagles from 1952-1966 working alongside a who's who of broadcasters including Tom Brookshier, Jack Buck and Byrum Saam.

Though he's probably most famous for his call of Wilt Chamberlain's 100 point game half a century ago, Campbell also called the last NFL championship won by Philadelphia in 1960. The final seconds of the title game were punctuated by Campbell saying, “67.000 people, standing, standing! What an electrifying finish to a great season and a great game!” Campbell, who throughout his career called mostly mediocre teams, in modest fashion referred to the 1960 title game as "the highlight of a mediocre career was doing the 1960 championship game for the Eagles because we won."

In addition to being one of the pioneers of Philadelphia sportscasting, Campbell was one of the pioneers of sports talk radio. When 610 WIP-AM transitioned from a middle of the road music station to a sports talk station in 1987, Campbell was brought aboard to add credibility to their lineup.

In recent years, Campbell authored sports commentaries that could be heard on KYW Newsradio 1060 and wrote columns for CBSPhilly.com. Campbell's last column, written last Tuesday, featured his insights after the Eagles' loss in San Francisco.

The current "Voice of the Eagles", Merrill Reese put Campbell's impact on Philadelphia sports in proper perspective telling KYW Newsradio, "Bill Campbell was the broadcaster that so many people of my generation grew up worshiping."

Campbell would often close his KYW commentaries by saying "Good day, good sports." On behalf of Philadelphia sports fans, thank you Bill for providing so many good days and for always being better than good calling sports.


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