Kellman was born in Brooklyn, New York, and was an avid New York Yankees fan. As a child, he would find an isolated portion of Yankees Stadium and practice calling games in anticipation of a career in the broadcasting business. After broadcasting St. John’s basketball games during his senior year of college, Kellman sent a self-made audio tape of him calling a Yankees/Red Sox game to more than 100 minor league baseball teams. The Indians were interested, and in 1974 made him the play-by-play announcer for the team.
He’s broadcast over 4,000 Indians games since then, and has made the call in eight championship games, a number that only the great Mel Allen of the Yankees has surpassed. He has also called games for the Chicago White Sox and the Cleveland Cavaliers, but hasn’t actively pursued a job in Major League baseball in over two decades because of his love for Indy and the Indians. When the Tribe aren’t in action during the fall and winter, Kellman announces high school football and basketball games on television throughout the state of Indiana. He also has his own radio show on WXNT-AM 1430, entitled “Howard Kellman’s Great Baseball Memories.” The show previously was broadcast on WXLW-AM 950. In April of 2009, he was inducted into the Indiana Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame.
Other career accomplishments include:
-Play-by-play announcer for the 2006, 2007, and 2008 Triple-A World Series on ESPN 2.
-Interviewed everybody from Michael Jordan and Major League Baseball Commissioner “Bud” Selig to Pete Rose and Larry Bird.
-Was named “Indiana Sportscaster of the Year” in 2002.
-Author of the book “61 Humorous and Inspiring Lessons I Learned from Baseball.”
|Howard Kellman at a public speaking engagement.|