Rose at Citi Field, 2012
February 13, 1954
Howard "Howie" Rose (born February 13, 1954) is an American sportscaster. He is the radio voice of the New York Mets on WOR, and the television announcer for the New York Islanders on MSG Plus. He also made an appearance on MLB Now, as a co-host, joining Brian Kenny, Mark DeRosa and Ken Rosenthal on MLB Network.
Rose was born in Brooklyn into a Jewish family. He attended PS 205Q (The Alexander Graham Bell School), Benjamin N. Cardozo High School in Bayside, Queens and graduated from Queens College in 1977.
Rose started his career doing sports updates on New York City based SportsPhone (owned by Phone Programs) in the mid '70s, which led to sports updates on all-news radio station WCBS-AM through the early '80s.
New York Mets
He has done Mets play-by-play on radio or television since 1995, and is regarded by fans and media outlets alike as an "encyclopedia" of Mets history. He has previously hosted the "Mets Extra" pre- and post-game shows. He worked the television booth until the retirement of long-time Mets radio voice Bob Murphy in 2003. The following year, Rose took Murphy's spot alongside Gary Cohen on WFAN. Cohen became the play-by-play broadcaster on new Mets television network SportsNet New York starting during the 2006 season, and Rose shared the radio booth with partner Tom McCarthy and producer/engineer Chris Majkowski. In 2008, Wayne Hagin replaced McCarthy, and since 2012, he has called games with Josh Lewin. Starting in 2014, he has called games on WOR.
Rose has also been the master of the ceremonies during key Mets events, including Opening Day at Shea Stadium and Citi Field since 2004. He has hosted ceremonies marking the opening of Citi Field in 2009, the 40th anniversary of the Mets 1969 World Series victory, and a special pregame ceremony honoring Ralph Kiner in 2008.
Rose's end of game catchphrase is, "Put it in the books", which he recites when the final out is recorded in a game where the New York Mets are victorious. Otherwise, for Mets losses, Rose will state "and the ballgame is over." When he uses the phrasing "and the Mets are leading by a score of __ to __", he is using the same diction as original Mets broadcaster Lindsey Nelson.
Rose worked as a play-by-play radio announcer for the New York Rangers, and was paired mainly with Sal Messina. He is most recognized by Rangers fans for his call of "Matteau! Matteau! Matteau!" made when Stéphane Matteau scored the game-winning goal in double-overtime of Game 7 of the 1994 NHL Eastern Conference Finals against the New Jersey Devils.
Rose is the play-by-play announcer for Islanders telecasts where he now works alongside Butch Goring. For the 2009–10 season, Rose's work was simulcasted on radio as well. Rose replaced Jiggs McDonald on Islanders broadcasts in 1995 and was previously partnered with Ed Westfall, Joe Micheletti, and Billy Jaffe.
Other career roles
Rose was the original prime-time host on WFAN when the station went all-sports in 1987, hosting the program until 1995. Rose occasionally worked games for Fox NHL Saturday in the mid-1990s, and now works for Fox Saturday Baseball. He has also called Long Island Blackbirds basketball and soccer.
On March 1, 2013, his book Put it in the Book was released. The book is an autobiography and memoir of 50 years of Mets history. The book was cowritten with Phil Pepe.
In 2012, Howie Rose was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. He has won two Emmy awards for excellence in broadcasting for the New York Islanders.
- "Howie Rose". MSG Network. Retrieved September 20, 2007.
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