Dave O’Brien

Play-by-Play Commentator

Dave O’Brien joined ESPN in 2002 and serves as a play-by-play commentator for MLB Wednesday Night Baseball as well as college basketball and baseball and NBA games. In 2010, O’Brien added the Women’s Final Four to his announcing responsibilities.

In October 2002, he called ESPN-produced Division Series games on ABC Family.  He provided commentary for Major League Baseball’s International postseason coverage from 2004-09, including the epic Boston-New York ALCS in 2004.

He has done radio play-by-play for Boston Red Sox since 2007. From 2003-2005, he was the television voice of the New York Mets on WPIX-TV, which earned New York Emmy Awards for broadcasts in 2004 and 2005.

O’Brien also called the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany on ABC and ESPN, as well as Major League Soccer and select US National Men’s Team matches. ESPN/ABC’s World Cup coverage was nominated for an Emmy Award.

O’Brien had the call for both of Barry Bonds’ historic home runs – Nos. 755 and 756 – in 2007 on ESPN. He called the longest postseason game in Major League history (5 hours, 50 minutes) in October 2005, when the Houston Astros defeated the Atlanta Braves in 18 innings to win Game 4 of the National League Divisional Series. He has also called seven no-hitters and eight World Series.

Before joining ESPN, he was the voice of the Florida Marlins from 1993, the team’s inaugural year, through 2001.

O’Brien worked for WSB-AM in Atlanta from 1987-1992. While there, he called play-by-play for University of Georgia basketball, was the school’s football pregame host, was an evening talk show host and served as a morning and afternoon sports anchor.  He was named sports director in 1989, and occasionally handled play-by-play on Atlanta Falcons broadcasts. He also did radio play-by-play for Atlanta Braves games in 1990 and ’91.

A Boston native, O’Brien attended Syracuse University. He received the Georgia Associated Press “Best Sports Play-by-Play” honor in 1988 and 1991 and the Achievements in Radio (A.I.R.) award for Best Play-by-Play for his call of Mark McGwire’s 59th home run in 1998.

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