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Jerry Schemmel

Jerry Schemmel (born November 26, 1959) is an American sportscaster, currently employed as a radio announcer for Major League Baseball's Colorado Rockies. He was formerly the play-by-play announcer for the NBA's Denver Nuggets, calling their games from 1992 to 2010, until being hired as the full-time voice of the Rockies in January 2010. Prior to that, he was a play by play announcer for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Schemmel is also a survivor of the crash-landing of United Airlines Flight 232 on July 19, 1989. After escaping the plane, he returned to the wreckage to rescue an 11-month-old baby. His book, Chosen to Live describes the experience.

Schemmel was hired by the Billings Mustangs of the Pioneer League in 2007 to announce their minor league baseball games on radio. He previously called a limited schedule of Colorado Springs Sky Sox games on cable television. On January 7, 2010, Schemmel was announced as the replacement for Jeff Kingery as the "Voice of the Rockies".

Schemmel is a 1982 graduate of Washburn University; he earned a law degree from the same school in 1985. He played baseball at Washburn and coached there for three years. He spent a year with the Continental Basketball Association, serving as both Deputy Commissioner and Commissioner.

He is the younger brother of Jeff Schemmel, a former college track and field All-American, long-time college athletic administrator and former Athletic Director at San Diego State.


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