Bob Gamere

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Bob Gamere (born November 1, 1939 [1] in Worcester, Massachusetts) is an American Sportscaster.

Career[edit]

A sports anchor on WNAC and announcer of Holy Cross football games, Gamere made his television play-by-play debut in 1970, succeeding Jerry Coleman as a broadcaster for the New York Yankees on WPIX. He was criticized for his overuse of the catch phrase "Here it comes, there it goes" to describe a pitch thrown to home plate and batted anywhere.[2] He was replaced after one season by Bill White.[3]

Gamere's career then moved to Boston. From 1973-1980 he hosted Candlepins for Cash on WNAC. As well as calling ECAC Hockey with John Carlson. Carlson called the first and third period with Gamere on color. During the second period, Gamere would be on play by play with Carlson on color. After his dismissal, he moved to WMRE as host of their nightly sports call-in show. In 1984, Gamere began a five-year stint as a sports anchor at WLVI-TV. He was fired in 1989 after charges of assault and sexual harassment were brought against him by a Malden man.[4] The charges were eventually dropped, but he was not rehired by Channel 56.[5] That year he began hosting a weekend midnight to 5 AM sports talk show on WRCA and a nightly sports show on Channel 25.[6] In 1990 he began a career in sports betting calling himself "The Great Gamere", hosting a NFL pay-per-view betting show, handicapping, and running a sports book.[7] From 1994-1996, he worked for WNDS, calling UMass Lowell hockey games and horse races from Rockingham Park.

From 1982-1989 he was the play by play man for Harvard football on WMRE, WDLW, and WTAG (where he was also sports director).

Controversy[edit]

Fenway attack[edit]

On June 15, 1988 Gamere was stabbed four times while walking in the Fenway section of Boston.[8]

Sexual harassment allegation[edit]

Gamere was fired by television station WLVI-TV in 1989 after charges of assault and sexual harassment were brought against him by a man from Malden, Massachusetts. The charges were later dropped.[9]

Child porn conviction[edit]

On October 23, 2008, Gamere was arrested and arraigned on charges of transporting and possessing child pornography. According to court documents, the FBI had been investigating Gamere as far back as 2005 when they alleged he e-mailed videos of children having sex with each other and adults. Gamere pled not guilty in US District Court in Boston.

The Boston Herald reported on September 5, 2009 that Gamere was expected to plead guilty to child pornography charges.[10]

The BostonChannel.com reported on January 19, 2010 that Bob Gamere had been sentenced to 5 years in prison on child pornography charges.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Press, Associated. "Gamere requests chance to vote - at elementary school". BostonHerald.com. Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  2. ^ Smith, Curt. Voices of The Game. South Bend, IN: Diamond Communications, Inc., 1987.
  3. ^ "Yankees Broadcasters". Newyork.yankees.mlb.com. 2010-03-19. Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  4. ^ "GAMERE DENIES ASSAULT HIS LAWYER RIPS CH. 56 DECISION". Nl.newsbank.com. 1989-05-13. Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  5. ^ "GAMERE CLEARED; HE MAY SUE CH. 56". Nl.newsbank.com. 1989-09-28. Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  6. ^ David Niles. "Gamere Back, Will Be Hosting A Radio Show". Nl.newsbank.com. Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  7. ^ "NBC IS BANKING ON DAY-PER-VIEW NOT DOWN THE TUBES YET A TOP 20 HIT DON'T BET AGAINST HIM". Nl.newsbank.com. 1992-03-08. Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  8. ^ Laurel J. Sweet (2008-10-24). "Ex-Hub sportscaster busted for kid porn". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2008-10-24. 
  9. ^ Jonathan Saltzman (2008-10-24). "Ex-announcer Gamere faces charges of child pornography". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2008-10-24. 
  10. ^ Press, Associated. "Ex-sportscaster to plead guilty in child porn case". BostonHerald.com. Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  11. ^ "Ex-Sportscaster Gets Jail In Child Porn Case - Boston News Story - WCVB Boston". Thebostonchannel.com. 2010-03-05. Retrieved 2010-05-03.