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Veteran sports announcer Dan Dickerson is celebrating his 25th anniversary this season as the radio voice of Detroit Tigers’ Baseball. Since his Tigers’ broadcasting debut in 2000 alongside the legendary Ernie Harwell, Dickerson has become an iconic figure in Michigan sports broadcasting, known for his insightful play-by-play commentary and deep passion for the game.

The Tigers held a celebration at Comerica Park in honor of Dickerson’s 25th season on April 27, as the Tigers hosted the Kansas City Royals. The evening featured a bobblehead giveaway for the first 15,000 fans and surprise appearances by Dickerson’s children – Rachel and Justin – who threw out the ceremonial first pitches in custom number ‘25’ Dickerson jerseys. The atmosphere was filled with joy as fans and colleagues alike celebrated Dickerson’s career as he called the television play-by-play broadcast.  

Dickerson also received an in-booth visit from Ilitch Companies CEO, Chris Ilitch. 

“Dan Dickerson’s 25 years as the voice of the Detroit Tigers is a testament to his tremendous talent and deep love for the game,” said Ilitch. “His commitment to excellence both on and off the airwaves embodies the spirit of our organization, and he’s beloved by Tigers’ fans everywhere. We are so grateful for his contributions and look forward to many more memorable moments together.” 

One highlight of the celebration came during an inning break when Ilitch Sports and Entertainment president and CEO, Ryan Gustafson, presented Dickerson with an engraved, vintage radio set from 1935, to commemorate the Tigers first World Series victory. In addition, a $2,500 donation was made to Grace Centers of Hope, in Dickerson’s name. Dickerson and his wife Lori are frequent supporters of the charity. 

“Dan’s passion for the game of baseball, and his unwavering professionalism continues to leave a mark on Michigan sports broadcasting, making him a cherished and celebrated figure in Tigers’ history,” said Gustafson.

The celebration also featured video compilations with congratulatory messages from fellow Tigers’ broadcasters and the other radio voices around the American League Central division. In-game entertainment also added to the evening with Dickerson-themed scoreboard games, creating a memorable and enjoyable experience for fans. 

Beyond his role with the Tigers, Dickerson remains active in sports broadcasting and the community in the offseason; he brings his talents to Bally Sports Detroit, covering the MHSAA High School Football Championships; and shares his expertise by teaching a short course on play-by-play at Michigan State University each winter.

Dickerson also co-hosts “Tiger Talk” – a weekly off-season talk show on WXYT that delves into Tigers and baseball hot topics – alongside Pat Caputo. He also spent time at the Tigers’ former flagship radio station WJR as a play-by-play announcer for University of Michigan football and basketball, sideline reporter for Michigan football, sports reporter, and co-host of “Sportswrap,” with Steve Courtney. Prior to that, he spent nearly a decade at Detroit’s WWJ-AM, where he anchored news and sports broadcasts, hosted call-in shows, and reported on various sports events.

Dickerson’s accolades speak volumes about his contributions to sports broadcasting, and he’s been honored for his dedication to the profession. In 2016, he was given the Ernie Harwell Lifetime Achievement Award; has been named Michigan Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association four times; and in 2008 he received the Ty Tyson Excellence in Sports Broadcasting Award – named after Tigers pioneer broadcaster Ty Tyson.

As Dickerson embarks on his 25th season as the voice of Tigers Baseball, his legacy as a respected sports broadcaster and dedicated community member continues to inspire fans and aspiring broadcasters alike.

“I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to be the voice of Tigers Baseball for the past 25 years. The celebration at Comerica Park was beyond anything I could have imagined, and I am honored to have shared this milestone with Tigers fans, my family, and colleagues. I look forward to many more seasons of bringing the excitement of Tigers Baseball to our listeners,” said Dickerson.