Karl Ravech

Karl Ravech
Ravech on the set of Baseball Tonight
Born (1965-01-19) January 19, 1965
Needham, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Education Binghamton University, Master's
Ithaca College, B.S.
Occupation Sportscaster
Years active 1986 – present
Notable credit(s) ESPN
Title SportsCenter anchor, Baseball Tonight host, golf commentator
Spouse(s) Christine Olsen
Children Sam and Max Ravech

Karl Ravech (/ˈrævɪ/; born January 19, 1965) is an American journalist who works as the primary Baseball Tonight host for ESPN.[1]

Early life and education

Ravech was born in Needham, Massachusetts. He attended and graduated from Needham High School. A graduate of Ithaca College in 1987, he has been affiliated with local stations WHTM in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and WBNG in Binghamton, New York. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Communications from Ithaca College in 1987.[2] He also received a Master's Degree in Management and Leadership from Binghamton University in 1990.[3]



Ravech has worked for ESPN since 1993. He appears primarily on SportsCenter and Baseball Tonight. He has provided Play-By-Play commentary for the Little League World Series since 2003 and Major League Baseball as of 2013.

He also appears as the Baseball Tonight host in the 2K Sports video game, Major League Baseball 2K5.[4]

Ravech has also covered golf.


Personal life

Ravech resides in Avon, Connecticut with his wife and two sons, Sam and Max.

Sam graduated college from Pepperdine University in 2017. Sam was signed out of college by the San Francisco Giants-AA affiliate in Richmond as a TV/Radio Play-by-Play broadcaster. Sam also became the youngest Play-by-Play broadcaster on ESPN at the age of 22 after calling a Tulane Men’s Basketball game on November 22, 2017.[5]

Ravech suffered a heart attack in November 1998.[6]


  1. 1 2 "Karl Ravech" Archived 2012-05-02 at the Wayback Machine.. espnmediazone3.com. November 17, 2009. Retrieved October 3, 2011.
  2. "ESPN's Karl Ravech '87 To Be Keynote Speaker at Butterfield/MVP Golf Banquet". ithaca.edu. May 26, 2010. Retrieved October 3, 2011.
  3. "I know you have heard of these guys...". binghamton.edu. March 14, 2008. Retrieved October 3, 2011.
  4. "ESPN Major League Baseball 2K5" Archived 2012-09-02 at the Wayback Machine.. gamefront.com. Retrieved October 3, 2011.
  5. Times-Dispatch, JOHN O’CONNOR Richmond. "Sam Ravech, son of ESPN's Karl Ravech, joining Squirrels broadcast team". Richmond Times-Dispatch.
  6. Rothbaum, Noah. "I'm A Runner: Karl Ravech" Archived 2015-04-02 at the Wayback Machine., Runner's World, 1 April 2008. Retrieved on 24 March 2015.
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