Les Grobstein was found dead on Sunday afternoon in his Elk Grove Village home.
Grobstein was 69 years old and had been a Chicago radio sportscaster for more than 50 years.
How did Les Grobstein die?
Les Grobstein was found dead in his home on Sunday afternoon after reportedly calling out sick from his job on Wednesday.
His family has not provided additional information about his cause of death.
When did Les Grobstein get his start as a sportscaster?
Grobstein, a Chicago native, most recently worked for 670 The Score in Chicago, but his first sportscaster job was for the Northwestern Wildcats men’s basketball team at Northwestern University.
On December 29, 1970, he made his debut as a game commentator before joining the Chicago Sting as a play-by-play sportscaster. For the first two years of the radio station’s existence, Grobstein worked there.
His career progressed, and he finally worked for major radio stations such as WLS Radio, CBS Radio, and The Score. In 1977, he also spent two years as a correspondent for Sportsphone Chicago.
How did Les Grobstein become interested in sports?
Grobstein’s illustrious career allowed him to collaborate with other sportscasters such as Larry Lujack and Steve Dahl, who had previously opined that Grobstein’s passion for sports was perhaps excessive.
Grobstein’s love of sports began at the age of seven when he went to a Cubs-Phillies baseball game at Wrigley Field in 1959.
In a 1997 interview with Chicago Reader, Grobstein’s childhood buddy Paul Vladen claimed, “He would go to the games with a small tape recorder and conduct his own play-by-play.”
“He always kept score–he still does. And he keeps those scorecards. He has hundreds and hundreds of scorecards. He made special tapes for his friends–we called them the Grobbo tapes–which were updates on what was going on in sports.”
His passion far exceeded those of his colleagues Grobstein told Chicago Reader at the time. It was what got him on the air.
“I went everywhere–I mean everywhere,” Grobstein had said. He covered the 1977 New York blackout by being at the right place at the right time.