Theodore Leitner was born on July 9, 1947. Popularly known as Ted or Uncle Teddy, he was born in Bronx, New York City. They later moved to Yonkers, New York, in Westchester County. He has been a sports lover since he was a child. This could well explain his choice of career in sports commentating.
Ted Leitner Education Details
He went to high school at Roosevelt High in Yonkers. Here he was a football player for the school team. After high school, he went to Oklahoma State University in Stillwater and later pursued a Master’s degree in Television, Film, and Radio at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.
Ted Leitner Career Details
From 1978 to 2002, Ted worked as a sports anchor for KFMB TV, a CBS-affiliated television based in San Diego. He was also a host in KFMB Radio. Right before his 25th anniversary at the station, he left KFMB due to his hectic schedule. His departure could have caused The Padres to move to the rival station KOGO Radio.
Ted is a play-by-play announcer. He kept his job with the San Diego Padres even after they departed from KFMB. This association with the Padres dates back to 1980. Loyalty, right?
He later moved on to XX Sports Radio. He even tried hosting an afternoon show here for a short while. Before this long tenure in San Diego in 1980, he had worked as a television sportscaster at the WFSB in Hartford, Connecticut. He also had some time with the WCAU TV in Philadelphia.
His career has been so broad; he had broadcasted for the Philadelphia Eagles, the San Diego Clippers, and the San Diego Chargers. This could explain his mastery of what he does. At some point, he was into University sports in Oklahoma, Hartford, and San Diego.
He is currently in sports commentating. He is the commentator for San Diego Padres baseball, San Diego State Aztecs Football, and San Diego State Aztecs Men’s basketball.
Ted Leitner is known for his very unique sports commentary. He is popular for referring to the Padres as My Padres when they are doing well but Your Padres when they are performing poorly. Leitner has also been doing the Padres cable TV Network broadcasts. Alongside this, he did the Sportscasts for KFMB TV at 5 and 11 pm. Another of his popular calls is the home run where he says, ball going, ball gone.
He is not a great fan of hockey in comparison to baseball. There had been complaints that he does not show the highlights of the game. He showed the goal scores rapidly in a brief edit.
He has also been featured in news and political commentaries in the course of his career. Among his very popular of these is when he hosted Harry Belafonte, a critic of the then Bush administration. Harry condemned this administration, citing specifics as Attorney General and Secretary to the state.
In the course of his career, he has had challenges like everybody else, but he is known to have faced them head-on. An example could be a diagnosis with kidney cancer in May 2018. This caused him to quit his job to seek medical attention. Luckily, the cancer was said to be benign after he was operated on, and he was able to resume his tasks behind the mic.
A month after his operation, Uncle Teddy is said to have gone on air to sportscast his play-by-play gig for the Padres. He is said to have thanked his fans amidst his commentaries. He felt that it had only been possible due to the prayers of his fans.
Ted Leitner Marriage And Family Details
Ted Leitner has been married four times. However, he is known to make fun of his failed marriages. Ted has seven children out of her weddings; six boys and one girl. He is said to be an exemplary father to Ray and Nicholas (twins), Mark, Matthew, Teddy, Jordan, and his daughter Kristin. He is said to have three grandchildren added to the list of those who take after him.
Ryan Leitner is one of his popular sons after being involved in gun violence in 2010 as a victim. Ryan, who was 19 years old back then, got shot in the midsection after an anger brawl with a friend, this saw him miss a shot to death by inches.