Photo — From left, Gil Santos, Ken Cail and Bob Lobel at Patriots training camp in 2012
'Amazing Broadcaster, Even Better Human Being': Gil Santos Dies at 80
New England lost a true sports broadcasting legend Thursday with the passing of Gil Santos.
The New Bedford, Massachusetts, native died on his 80th birthday and his 57th wedding anniversary.
Gil and former Patriots great Gino Cappelletti will forever be remembered as the best duo to ever call football games on the radio. Santos called Patriots games on radio for 36 seasons but along the way also was behind the microphone for Boston College football and the Boston Breakers of the U.S. Football League. He also was paired for many years with the legendary Bob Cousy on WBZ-TV for Celtics games during the Larry Bird era.
I had the great opportunity to work with Gil at WBZ radio in Boston for four years in the 1970s. He was an amazing broadcaster but an even better human being, and I was able to learn a lot about sports broadcasting from one of the best.
My final opportunity to be with Gil at Patriots training camp came in 2012 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough with another New England sports legend Bob Lobel. Bob and I had an extended interview with Gil on 107.7 The Pulse during our stay in Foxborough and 2012 was Gil’s final season calling Patriots games.
Santos also anchored WBZ’s coverage of the Boston Marathon for many years so there’s certainly a touch of irony that Gil was born and left us on the true Patriots Day, April 19.