NOTE: PIX11 reporter Marvin Scott worked with the legendary New York sportscaster Bill Mazer at Channel 5 from 1972 to 1980. In the video above, he shares his memories of The Amazin. Below is the PIX11 obituary.
NEW YORK (PIX11) – Legendary New York sportscaster Bill Mazer has died at the age of 92.
He was on the air for more than 60 years as a TV and radio host in the city. His death at a hospital in Danbury was confirmed by his son, Arnie, the New York Times reported.
He was best known for having a mind like an encyclopedia when it came to remembering sports facts and stories.
For that they called him ‘The Amazin,” a nickname made famous by veteran Channel 5 anchor John Roland, who would read questions from viewers in a usually unsuccessful attempt to “stump the Amazin’.”
For decades, he was the lead sportscaster at WNEW-TV (later WNYW) Channel 5, and was the host of the Fox station’s long-running show “Sports Extra,” which remains on the air.
He was raised in Brooklyn after his family came from the Ukraine. He also served in World War II.