“FENWAY'S BEST PLAYERS”
Joe Castiglione was born in 1947 and has been broadcasting the play-by-play on the Red Sox Radio Network since 1983. Joe previously called games on TV for the Cleveland Indians (1979, 1982) and the Milwaukee Brewers (1981). Joe has called over 5,000 regular season games and 112 postseason games for the Red Sox including 4 World Series. He has broadcast more Red Sox games than anyone in history. Castiglione is also the first Red Sox broadcaster in history to call the final out of a Red Sox World Championship (2004).
His tenure includes the entire careers of the three other inductees and all three of the team's championships since 2004 and his signature call of the final out of the 2004 World Series is part of Red Sox lore: "Can you believe it?"
Since 1985 Joe has taught a course in Broadcast Journalism at Northeastern University. Former students have included Don Orsillo (Red Sox TV) and Uri Berenguer (Red Sox Spanish Radio). Joe has taught at Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire for 13 years as well.
He was born in Hamden, Connecticut and graduated from Colgate University with a BA in Liberal Arts. He was the radio voice of Colgate football and baseball while a student. He then received an MA from Syracuse University. While at Syracuse, he worked a variety of on-air jobs for WSYR-TV (now WSTM-TV). He began his career in Youngstown, Ohio broadcasting football games for $15 a game, and as sports reporter for WFMJ-TV in 1972Joe earned his BA in History from Colgate University and his Master’s in Radio/TV from Syracuse University. His first major job as a sportscaster was in Cleveland in 1979, where he called Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Cavaliers games and did sports reporting for WKYC-TV. He also called a handful of Milwaukee Brewers games for pay-cable channel SelecTV in 1981.
Castiglione joined the Red Sox broadcast team in 1983 and teamed with Ken Coleman. After Coleman's retirement in 1989, Bob Starr became the lead announcer for the Red Sox and after Starr's departure at the end of the 1991 season, Castiglione became the team's lead radio announcer along with Jerry Trupiano. Since the 2007 season he shared announcing duties with Dave O'Brien and other fill-in announcers.
Joe also works in Development for the Jimmy Fund of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and has also broadcast NBA basketball games on TV with the Cleveland Cavaliers, NCAA basketball games on the New England Sports Network (NESN) and was a sports anchor and reporter on 2 network TV affiliates in Cleveland prior to coming to Boston. He was selected to be inducted into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame for 2014.