June 13, 2013 - Florida State League (FSL) - Fort Myers Miracle
FORT MYERS, Fla. - On Saturday, June 29, the Fort Myers Miracle will welcome home a local legend when TNT basketball sideline analyst Craig Sager comes to Hammond Stadium.
Sager will be on hand to sign autographs and pose for pictures when the Miracle host the St. Lucie Mets at 6:05 p.m. with gates opening at 5 p.m. Sager is famous for his unique suits and the Miracle will honor his fashion sense with a pair of commemorative bobbleheads. The first 500 fans entering the ballpark will choose from one of two colorfully out-fitted bobbleheads.
In his 21st season as a sideline reporter for TNT\'s exclusive Thursday night NBA doubleheader coverage, Sager is well established in the sports media industry. A 2012 Sports Emmy Awards Nominee for Sports Reporter, Sager has made several appearances on NBA TV in his career and has also served as TBS\' field reporter for the MLB Division Series and the American and National League Championship series since 2007.
On April 8, 1974, Sager met Hall of Famer Hank Aaron at home plate at Atlanta Fulton County Stadium after hitting career home run 715 on a game broadcast nationally on NBC.
Sager\'s experience extends to the college realm where he has reported on CBS\' and Turner Sports\' coverage of the NCAA Division I Men\'s Basketball Championship. In his career, Sager has covered the PGA Championship, Pac-10 and Big-10 football, international basketball competitions, the NFL and worked at CNN.
Before reaching the national stage, Sager began his career in Florida. As the sports director for WINK-TV in Fort Myers, Sager was honored with the Sportscaster of the Year award from the Florida High School Coaches Association. Sager also worked with WTSP-TV in St. Petersburg as well as WSPB-Radio and WXLT-TV in Sarasota.
Sager endeared himself to the community in Fort Myers with a unique and energetic approach to covering sports. Sager even broadcasted little league baseball games when Fort Myers Little League nearly made it to Williamsport, Va. for the Little League World Series.
"Times have changed and friends have passed, but indelible are the memories of a community embracing the new kid in town, encouraging him with passion and embodying him with opportunities," said Sager who will be celebrating his birthday with the Miracle on June 29. "I hope I have represented you well and look forward to our family reunion."
A native of Batavia, Ill., Sager holds a bachelor\'s degree in speech from Northwestern University.