Joe Buck is one of the most recognizable voices in sports history. The Fox Sports play-by-play announcer has been the voice of the Major League Baseball’s World Series since 1996. It is impossible to think about that event without hearing Buck’s voice behind the microphone. As he is in sports announcing since 1989, Buck was able to put himself in a great financial position. With that, let’s dig into Joe Buck’s net worth in 2021.
Joe Buck’s Net Worth in 2021 (estimate): $25 million
Joe Buck’s net worth in 2021 is $25 million. This is according to numerous sources, including Celebrity Net Worth. Buck has been involved with sports, as mentioned above, since 1989. He gradually became one of the stars of this part of sports media, and now is an integral part of the Fox Sports family. It is interesting to see how he became what he is today.
Buck was born in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1969. His craft in sportscasting did not all come from training, but some of it came from genes. His father is Jack Buck, the famed St. Louis Cardinals play-by-play caster. The elder Buck is one of the legends of sports media, who was the commentator for the Cardinals from 1954. Like father, like son, as the younger Buck is completely following the footsteps of his late dad.
He began his career in 1989, for the Louisville Redbirds. He was also working with ESPN at the time, to start his career. He also filled in for his dad on Cardinals games, as Jack was doing CBS casts. In the 1992-93 season, he also did play-by-play announcing of the University of Missouri basketball team. As his name was getting out there, he stopped the Buck tradition of calling Cardinals games. From that point, it was time for Joe Buck to go further in his career.
Buck joined Fox Sports in 1994, and at the age of 25, became the youngest NFL play-by-play announcer in network television. Two years later, after his successful stint doing exclusively football, Buck got a job that he still holds to this day. He became the main play announcer for Major League Baseball on Fox. Interestingly enough, his first partner in the booth was Tim McCarver, who used to do the same thing with his father. The same year, Buck broke another record of sportscasting.
Buck called all the action in the 1996 World Series, at the age of 27. Thus, he became the youngest sportscaster to call the full game of the World Series, a record previously held by Sean McDonough, who did it at the age of 30. As it was mentioned before, Buck was the play-by-play caster on all of the World Series games since then, and he blended into the iconic status of these games. Out of the numerous series he covered, one is probably most notable to him and to his fans.
At the 2002 World Series, Joe Buck was on the call as the tight Game 6 between the Anaheim Angels and San Francisco Giants was drawing to a close. It was the Angels who won the game and extended the series for a Game 7. This series came at an emotional time for Buck, as he just lost his father a couple of months ago, and in homage to the late Jack Buck, Joe said something his father said calling an iconic game of the 1991 World Series, saying:
“We’ll see you tomorrow night.”
Other than his baseball work, Buck has also called NFL games. At times, he took time away from football so he can further concentrate on the MLB, but he is still doing football casting for Fox Sports. Additionally, he had a show on HBO Sports, twice did a two-sport doubleheader, and even called the National Hockey League for one game, between the Los Angeles Kings and the St. Louis Blues in 2013.
Other than his Fox Sports contract, Buck has had many other endorsements and deals that brought his net worth up a notch. Even though it was canceled after just one year, he still received a hefty amount from HBO Sports for his show. He also published a book in 2016, which is his autobiography, and appeared on many TV shows, including The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. He also appeared in numerous commercials, such as for the Holiday Inn hotel chain and for Budweiser beer. His most iconic appearance in a commercial was most certainly his National Car Rental ad, where he uttered his most famous phrase, which is “Now that’s a good call!”
Nevertheless, were you at all stunned by Joe Buck’s net worth in 2021?