Howie Rose

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Howie Rose
Rose in 2013
Howard Jeffrey Rose

(1954-02-13) February 13, 1954 (age 70)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Children2, including Alyssa

Howard Jeffrey Rose (born February 13, 1954)[1] is an American sportscaster. He is currently a radio broadcaster for the New York Mets on WCBS. Previously, Rose called play-by-play for the New York Rangers and New York Islanders.

Early life[edit]

Rose was born in the New York City borough of Brooklyn[2] to a Jewish family.[3] Rose's father, an avid New York Yankees fan, encouraged his baseball fandom. When the New York Mets moved into Shea Stadium in 1964, Rose became a regular attendee at games.[1] He attended PS 205Q (The Alexander Graham Bell School), Benjamin N. Cardozo High School in Bayside, Queens, and graduated from Queens College in 1977.[4] He lives in Woodbury on Long Island with his wife and two daughters.[5]


Rose started his career doing sports updates on New York City-based Sports Phone, a telephone dial-in service, during the mid-1970s, which led to sports updates on news radio station WCBS-AM through the early 1980s.


Rose has called Mets play-by-play on radio or television since 1995, and is regarded by fans and media outlets alike as an expert of Mets history.[6] He has previously hosted the "Mets Extra" pre- and post-game shows. He worked the television booth until the retirement of long-time Mets radio voice Bob Murphy in 2003. The following year, Rose took Murphy's spot alongside Gary Cohen on WFAN. Cohen became the play-by-play broadcaster on then-new Mets television network SportsNet New York starting during the 2006 season, sharing the radio booth with partner Tom McCarthy. In 2008, Wayne Hagin replaced McCarthy, and from 2012-2018, Rose called games with Josh Lewin. From 2019-2022, Howie called games with Wayne Randazzo.[7] At the start of the 2023 season, Howie’s booth partner was Keith Raad. From 2014-2018 he called games on WOR, before moving to WCBS in 2019. He has also co-hosted MLB Now, joining Brian Kenny, Mark DeRosa, and Ken Rosenthal on MLB Network.

Rose has also been the master of the ceremonies during key Mets events, including Opening Day at Shea Stadium and Citi Field since 2004. He has hosted ceremonies marking the opening of Citi Field in 2009, the 40th anniversary of the Mets 1969 World Series victory, a special pregame ceremony honoring Ralph Kiner in 2008, Mike Piazza's number retirement ceremony in 2016[6] and Old-Timers' Day beginning in 2022.[8]


Rose worked as a play-by-play radio announcer for the New York Rangers, and was paired mainly with Sal Messina. He is most recognized by Rangers fans for his call when Stéphane Matteau scored the game-winning goal in double-overtime of Game 7 of the 1994 NHL Eastern Conference Finals against the New Jersey Devils en route to the Stanley Cup Finals.[9][10][11]

"Fetisov, for the Devils, plays it cross-ice into the far corner. Matteau swoops in to intercept. Matteau behind the net, swings it in front – HE SCORES! MATTEAU! MATTEAU! MATTEAU! STÉPHANE MATTEAU! And the Rangers have one more hill to climb, baby! But it's Mount Vancouver! The Rangers are headed to the Finals!"

The Rangers would go on to win the cup that year over the Vancouver Canucks 4 games to 3, their first Stanley Cup victory in 54 years.

Rose was the play-by-play announcer for Islanders telecasts where he worked alongside Butch Goring. For the 2009–10 season, Rose's work was simulcast on radio as well. Rose replaced Jiggs McDonald on Islanders broadcasts in 1995–96 and was previously partnered with Ed Westfall, Joe Micheletti, and Billy Jaffe.[12][13][14]

After the 2015-2016 season, Rose announced he would not return to call Islanders games after the end of the season.[15][16][17]

Other career roles[edit]

Rose was the original prime-time radio host on WFAN when the station went all-sports in 1987, hosting the program until 1995. Rose occasionally worked games for Fox NHL Saturday in the mid-1990s, and now works for Fox Saturday Baseball. He has also called Long Island Blackbirds basketball and soccer.

On March 1, 2013, his book Put it in the Book was released. The book is an autobiography and memoir of 50 years of Mets history. The book was co-written with Phil Pepe.

Announcing style[edit]

Rose's end-of-game catchphrase is, "Put it in the books", used after the final out is recorded in a Mets win. After Mets losses, Rose says "and the ballgame is over". When he uses the phrasing "and the Mets are leading by a score of _ to _", he is using the same diction as original Mets broadcaster Lindsey Nelson.


In 2012, Rose was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. He has won two Emmy awards for excellence in broadcasting for the New York Islanders. In 2019, it was announced that Howie would be inducted into the New York Baseball Hall of Fame.[18] On June 3, 2023, Rose was inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Rose is married to Barbara, and they have two daughters.[20] Their daughter Alyssa has worked for the Mets organization as a social media personality, and has worked on soap operas such as One Life to Live, had two separate podcasts, called Scoring Position and Drunk Love, and currently works for Sportsnet New York.

During the 2021 season, Rose missed time with an undisclosed medical issue, first from April 13 until the 20th, and later missing the last month of the season.[21] Rose was diagnosed with bladder cancer and underwent a radical cystoprostatectomy in September 2021. [22]


  1. ^ a b Marzlock, Ron (April 28, 2022). "On the diamond or ice, Howie puts it in the books!". Queens Chronicle.
  2. ^ "Howie Rose". CBS New York. Archived from the original on August 5, 2010. Retrieved October 25, 2022. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Bayside, Howie currently lives on Long Island with his wife and two daughters.
  3. ^ Freund, Michael. "The man behind the voice: An interview with New York sportscaster Howie Rose". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved April 10, 2023.
  4. ^ "Howie Rose". MSG Network. Archived from the original on May 30, 2008. Retrieved September 20, 2007.
  5. ^ "Howie Rose, Islanders Play-By-Play Announcer". Archived from the original on September 19, 2015. Retrieved August 1, 2015.
  6. ^ a b McShane, Chris (April 2, 2013). "A chat with Howie Rose, Mets radio broadcaster". Amazin' Avenue.
  7. ^ Best, Neil (February 19, 2019). "Randazzo embracing move to booth with Howie Rose". Newsday.
  8. ^ Britton, Tim (August 28, 2022). "'It starts at the top': Mets welcome alums back into the family with Old Timers Day". The Athletic. Retrieved January 22, 2023.
  9. ^ Kaplan, Dave (February 8, 2019). "For Stephane Matteau, a Famous Goal Could Not Cover the Darkness". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved March 9, 2024.
  10. ^ Best, Neil (February 8, 2019). "Forever linked by goal and call, Stephane Matteau and Howie Rose recall 1994 Rangers". Newsday. Retrieved March 9, 2024.
  11. ^ McCarron, Anthony (May 14, 2012). "For Howie Rose, 'Matteau, Matteau, Matteau!' call in NY Rangers' Game 7 win still lights lamp". New York Daily News. Retrieved March 9, 2024.
  12. ^ Sandomir, Richard (August 29, 1995). "TV SPORTS; Rose for Any Other Team Is Still a Strong Voice". The New York Times. p. B13. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved March 9, 2024.
  13. ^ Sandomir, Richard (October 12, 1998). "TV SPORTS; For the Islanders' Opener, Picture Was Truly Dark". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved March 9, 2024.
  14. ^ Pargas, Mark (December 11, 2007). "Fighting a Drought on the Island". Slap Shot. Retrieved March 9, 2024.
  15. ^ Best, Neil (May 18, 2016). "Howie Rose, Islanders' TV play-by-play man, won't return next season". Newsday. Retrieved March 9, 2024.
  16. ^ Wire, S. I. (May 18, 2016). "Howie Rose steps down as Islanders broadcaster". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved March 9, 2024.
  17. ^ Kussoy, Howie (May 18, 2016). "Howie Rose won't be back in booth next year for Islanders". Retrieved March 9, 2024.
  18. ^ "Mets Broadcaster Howie Rose Will be Inducted to New York State Baseball Hall of Fame". WCBS 880. August 14, 2019.
  19. ^ "Howard Johnson, Al Leiter, Gary Cohen and Howie Rose elected to the Mets Hall of Fame". (Press release). Retrieved January 21, 2023.
  20. ^ "Mets broadcasters". MLB Advanced Media, LLC. Retrieved August 31, 2021.
  21. ^ Waldstein, David (August 30, 2021). "Howie Rose Steps Away From Mets, but Plans to Return Next Year". The New York Times. Retrieved August 31, 2021.
  22. ^ Marchand, Andrew (February 1, 2023). "Mets voice Howie Rose reveals bladder cancer battle". New York Post. Retrieved October 7, 2023.

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