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Steve Buckhantz named to D.C. Sports Hall of Fame

Okay, this is a candid shot. Buckhantz is definitely thrilled to be in the D.C. Sports Hall of Fame.
Stewart W. Small

Earlier this week, Wizards play by play announcer Steve Buckhantz was named to the D.C. Sports Hall of Fame. Buckhantz is in his 18th consecutive season as the Wizards’ play by play announcer on television. In other words, he’s the guy behind “DAGGER,” “How do you like that,” and “UNBELIEVABLE!

Though Wizards play by play announcing is Buckhantz’s main job today, he held many other posts throughout the years, Among them:

  • He was WTTG (FOX 5 DC)’s sports anchor in the 1980’s through the 1990’s.
  • Buckhantz was a play by play announcer in the first year of FOX’s NFL coverage in 1994.
  • He also was the radio play by play announcer for the Navy Midshipmen football team from 1991-1997.

Buckhantz isn’t the only Wizards inductee. Marty Aronoff, the team statistician was also inducted.

Other notable honorees include the late Len Bias of the Maryland Terrapins men’s basketball team, longtime Capitals star Peter Bondra, Reston native and Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Grant Hill, long-time NBA player Walt Williams, and all-time leading MLS scorer Jaime Moreno.

Buckhantz and the honorees will be inducted on May 6 at Nationals Park before an afternoon game between the Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies.