|Born||Irwin Elliot Shalek
May 7, 1915
|Died||September 17, 1998
Putnam Valley, New York
Irwin Elliot Shalek (May 7, 1915 – September 17, 1998), better known as Win Elliot, was an American television and radio sportscaster and game show host who was best known for his long tenures as a play-by-play broadcaster of NHL New York Rangers and NBA New York Knicks games and host of Sports Central USA on the CBS Radio Network.
Life and career
Born Irwin Elliot Shalek in Chelsea, Massachusetts and a graduate of the University of Michigan, Elliot did Rangers games through the 1950s and 60s, alternating with other announcers of the era, depending on what stations held rights and who sponsored the games.
On TV, he replaced Jay Jackson as host of the nighttime version of the popular quiz show Tic-Tac-Dough, for the last 13 weeks of the show's nighttime run, before that program was taken off the air in the fallout from the quiz show scandals that had erupted not long before.
But Elliot became far better known as a sportscaster. In the mid 1960s, he was the announcer for the "Schaefer Circle of Sports" broadcasts of Rangers and Knicks games, track and field and other events related to Madison Square Garden. Those broadcasts aired on WPIX TV and later on WOR TV. He also called the 1966 Stanley Cup Finals (the first televised by an American network) for NBC.
Elliot died at Norwalk Hospital in Connecticut on September 17, 1998 at the age of 83.
- Quick As a Flash
- Sandomir, Richard (September 20, 1998). "Win Elliot, Who Broadcast Sports With Flair, Dies at 83". The New York Times.
- Halberstam, David J. Sports on New York Radio. McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (February 1, 1999). p. 432. ISBN 1-57028-197-1.