Last updated on: 4/14/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Ken Korach Biography

Title:
Lead play-by-play announcer for the Oakland A's
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
Reasoning:

“I know several Hall of Fame voters who categorically refuse to consider anyone implicated in the steroid scandal…

It doesn’t make it right and it doesn’t mean I’m condoning anything, but I think Bonds, Clemens, McGwire, A Rod and the rest should be allowed into the Hall. History will define this period as the Steroid Era, and the court of public opinion will provide the necessary asterisk…

A Rod, in his veiled and vague mea culpa with Peter Gammons, actually made some sense. I always thought the line was blurred between what was legal or illegal, a legitimate nutritional supplement or a performance enhancing substance. Where A Rod’s story loses traction is that you don’t get Primobolan at GNC…

Ballplayers, I think, have been insulated from the real world and inoculated against the real world realities that most of us face. I think some ballplayers felt they would always be protected in the sanctuary of the clubhouse and by the omnipotent union.

I think the vast majority of current players are clean and A Rod’s embarrassment and the public ‘outing’ of so many others will serve as a deterrent, although there will always be some doubt and those who will try and beat the system… To me, these are good people who made bad decisions.”

“Let the Fans Put Their Own Asterisk on the Steroids Era*,” Las Vegas Sun, Mar. 5, 2009

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Lead play-by-play announcer, Oakland A’s Major League Baseball team, 1996-present
  • Founder, “A’s Winning for the Community” program
  • Recipient, Nevada Sportscaster of the Year, National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association, 2001
  • Broadcaster, Chicago White Sox, 1992-1995
  • Lead play-by-play announcer, University of Nevada at Las Vegas basketball team, 1992-2004
  • Lead play-by-play announcer, University of Nevada at Las Vegas football team, 1992-1995
  • Broadcaster, San Jose State football and basketball teams, 1985-1992
  • Member, Triple-A Phoenix Firebirds broadcast crew, 1986-1987
  • His play-by-play announcing of the San Jose State-Fresno State football game was named best radio broadcast of the year for California and Nevada by the Associated Press’ Radio and Television Association, 1986
Education:
  • BA, Social Sciences, University of California at Santa Barbara, 1975
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should Baseball Players Who Have Used Banned Substances Be Voted into the Hall of Fame?