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Gene Osborn

Born: Aug 10, 1922

Death: Jan 1, 1975

Nationality: United States

Gene Osborn

Date of Birth : Aug 10, 1922
Date of Death : Jan 1, 1975

Gene Osborn was a radio and television broadcaster in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, known primarily as a play-by-play for several major league baseball teams. He also had a substantial career in radio and television sports in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which he considered his adopted hometown. Osborn, the son of Elizabeth and James Osborn, was born and raised in Davenport, Iowa, where he played baseball and other sports. He attended St. Ambrose University, then known as St. Ambrose College. Osborn was considered a top draft prospect for the St Louis Cardinals. But his playing days were cut short when he suffered a knee injury. Osborn began his broadcast career in 1942 at station WQUA in Moline, Illinois. In 1953, Osborn arrived in Albuquerque where he soon became the sports director of radio station KABQ. He did play-by-play broadcast for the Albuquerque Dukes of the West Texas-New Mexico League. He was also the broadcaster for University of New Mexico football and basketball. In 1954, Osborn was elected president of the Albuquerque Pressbox Association. Also in the mid-fifties, Osborn became sports director at Albuquerque television station KOAT-TV, channel 7, an ABC affiliate.

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