Longtime Arizona Diamondbacks play-by-play announcer Greg Schulte will call his 3,000th game tonight when the team faces the Padres in San Diego. The "voice of the D-backs" has been with the franchise since its inception and has been behind the mic for every major moment in the club's history.
"There is one voice that is truly synonymous with D-backs baseball and that's Greg Schulte, who has been here since the beginning," said D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall. "He not only does an incredible job each night of describing the action for our fans, but he has always represented the organization with class away from the ballpark and he's become an invaluable part of our history."
In commemoration of the milestone, the D-backs are donating $3,000 to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in the name of Schulte, himself a Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma survivor. Fans will have the opportunity to interact with Schulte and ask him questions today during a Facebook live chat at 5 p.m. at facebook.com/dbacks.
Schulte delivered the call of Luis Gonzalez's walk-off, ninth-inning single to win Game 7 of the 2001 World Series over the Yankees, bringing the state of Arizona the only major sports championship in its history.
In recognition of his 2,000th game, the team distributed a bobblehead in his likeness to the first 15,000 fans on July 10, 2010.
Fans can hear Schulte, analyst Tom Candiotti and pre- and post-game host Mike Ferrin on Arizona Sports 98.7, the team's radio home.
Schulte has been part of the Phoenix radio scene since 1979, spending 14 years at KTAR before joining the D-backs. He has been involved with nearly every major sports entity in the market and served 15 seasons with the Phoenix Suns, working alongside Hall of Famer Al McCoy as a producer and ultimately, color commentator. He has also served as an analyst for Arizona State football and men's basketball and shared play-by-play duties for ASU baseball. He was the original pre- and postgame host for the Arizona Cardinals from 1988-90.