Hubert to be Inducted into Florida Sports Hall of Fame

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Voice of the Gators Mick Hubert. [Photo courtesy of UAA]

Special to Gatorsports.com

Voice of the Gators Mick Hubert is one of seven distinguished honorees who will make up the 2018 class elected to the Florida Sports Hall of Fame.

Other members of the class include Justin Gatlin (track & field), Roy Jones, Jr. (boxing), Jerry Pate (golf), Gary Sheffield (baseball), Michelle Snow (basketball) and Pete Pihos (football).

“I was totally shocked when Wayne Hogan called me with the news and it was one of the few times this sportscaster was speechless,” Hubert said. “Glory to God! It is the highest professional honor I have ever received. I am very humbled to join not only the other Gators but everyone else who has been previously elected.”

A graduate of Illinois State University in 1976, Hubert has been the primary radio play-by-play announcer and TV host for the Florida Gators since 1989. Prior to his arrival in Gainesville, he was the Sports Director at WHIO-TV in Dayton, Ohio, and did play-by-play for Bradley University athletics.

In addition, Hubert did play-by-play of NCAA men’s basketball tournament games for ESPN from 1986 to 1990.

Hubert, who’s set to call his 30th season of Florida Gator football and basketball in 2018-19, became the voice of the Gators in 1989, succeeding Orlando Magic and FOX Sports Florida play-by-play announcer David Steele. In his career, Hubert has called play by play for three national championship football games, two national championship basketball games and a 2017 NCAA Baseball Championship.

Hubert was recently honored as the 2017 Florida Sportscaster of the Year.

In its 57th year of honoring the state’s brightest sports figures, the Florida Sports Hall of Fame continues its mission to honor Florida’s vast sports heritage by taking the inspiring stories of its 253 current members to the people of the state. This outreach is the hallmark of the modern-day Florida Sports Hall of Fame. The Hall recently opened a state-of-the-art museum and preview center for memorabilia provided by its members located directly in the center of the state. But today’s Hall of Fame is about more than brick and mortar. With its “Fame for Kids” initiative, the Florida Sports Hall of Fame has embarked on a journey to take its message across the state of Florida to raise money and awareness for causes that effect our youth.

Enshrinement is set for Nov. 7 in Pensacola. For sponsorship and ticket information, please visit www.FlasportsHOF.org.

16 COMMENTS

  1. A well deserved honor for Mick, and a great class to go in with. Love to hear the excitement in his voice as he calls the games. His call of the Chiozza steal to win the Missouri game was an instant classic. I have DVD’s of the TV broadcasts of the football and basketball championships, but I’d love to have copies of the radio broadcasts if anyone knows if and how they can be purchased. Congratulations, Mick! Looking forward to many more years and championships to come.

  2. Mick does an awesome job and should continue to rack up accolades. Thanks for all the Gator memories. He’s going to score! Ball game. Oh my!

  3. Love Mick Hubert, great sportscaster for the Gators we could not ask for more from any man. Personable, humble, a face you like immediately. In the same vein I also hope Otis Boggs has been similarly awarded (don’t know) I grew up listening to his “High, Booming Spirals”. Gator Nation has been blessed with these two icons for a LONG lifetime now. I don’t know who it was before Otis, and I ain’t young.

  4. I’ve been following Mick since he started at UF. I began listening/watching/going to to UF sports back in ’80, and when he came on board, and Spurrier soon after, we saw a tremendous jump across the board. No longer were we a Tennis/Swimming school – and Mick was there to help bring a bit more energy to it all. Have loved listening to him over the years, and even now in Singapore, I tune in to listen to him when I can. Congrats, Mick. You’ve been an icon at Florida and you’ll always be remembered as such.

  5. We’ve been blessed Gator Nation. Mick Hubert has done a great job through the years and this honor is well deserved. I’m old enough to remember Otis Boggs and he too was a long time Gator Announcer who made you feel right at home when you turned on the radio. It’s great to be a Gator!

  6. Oh My, congratulations to Mick on this richly deserved recognition. He has done a fabulous job of bringing Gator sports to listeners for decades now with class, dignity and great enthusiasm. As others have noted, we have been blessed with great play by play announcers over the years at UF. Otis Boggs was the “voice of the Gators” when I was in grad school at UF. He was outstanding. Did you know he graduated from UF with four different majors which included chemistry, German, English and history? The legendary Red Barber began his iconic broadcasting career at WRUF also. He was an English major at UF. It’s great to be a Florida Gator.

  7. Mick, My wife and I send our congratulations! You would have our support no matter the level or prestige of the award. It’s especially fitting being recognized by the “Florida Sports Hall of Fame.” You have been and continue to be, a great ambassador for the Gator Nation! Oh My, Go Gators!

  8. Great honor. In truth ..it’s the phrases that connected..oh my.. stop and pop…that are beyond recognition by an organization. Just hope and believe there’s more ahead.

    In the beginning I thought he would never top David Steele and really thought Steele moving on was bad. Now im glad we got Mick out of the deal.

  9. I think a university that produced Red Barber, should be able to fill Mick Hubert’s shoes… Just sayin… Oh my!

  10. When I was in college, for my last 2 years our answering machine message was the famous “Doering’s got a touchdown” call.

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