|Birth Day:||February 21, 1946|
|Birth Place:||Trenton, United States|
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He earned his degree in history from Boston College in 1968. He first joined the Boston Globe's Celtics beat in 1969.
Born in Trenton, New Jersey, Ryan grew up in a house "that revolved around going to games," and went to high school at the Lawrenceville School from 1960 to 1964. He graduated from Boston College as a history major in 1968.
In 1982, Ryan would hand the torch of the Globe Celtics beat to the not-yet well-known Dan Shaughnessy, and later Jackie MacMullan. He did this in order to go to Boston television station WCVB for a couple of years. Ryan ended up hating it and moved back to the Celtics beat in 1984 for two more seasons, before getting promoted to general sports columnist in 1989.
The comments struck a chord because in 2001, Joumana Kidd had been the victim of domestic violence by then-husband Jason. Ryan returned to Boston to meet with executives at the Globe. Ryan publicly apologized, but the Globe still suspended him and barred him from television for one month. "Four weeks took my breath away. But I'll abide by it," he later said. Then Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney chastised Ryan for his comments.
In May 2003, Ryan appeared on Sports Final, a local sports talk show airing on WBZ-TV. At that time, Ryan said that Joumana Kidd, then-wife of then-New Jersey Nets guard Jason Kidd needed someone to "smack" her for taking her son T.J., then four years old, to NBA playoff night games where they could be taunted. He accused Joumana of being an exhibitionist and using the child as a prop to get television time. The show's host, Bob Lobel, asked Ryan to retract his statement immediately:
A Ryan column published in April 2006 promoted a Final Four matchup of the LSU Tigers and George Mason Patriots, recommending fans tune in to see two of the biggest players in college basketball, LSU's Glen "Big Baby" Davis (who would later play for the Boston Celtics) and George Mason's Jai Lewis. However, LSU and George Mason were on different sides of the tournament bracket, and were not scheduled to play one another. The Globe did not find this error and the inaccurate column was run in the newspaper. Ryan referred to this incident on ESPN's Around the Horn, when discussing a topic about making mistakes, on April 27, 2010. However, he would not reveal what the incident was, saying that any viewers who wanted to know about his March Madness error could check Wikipedia and find out for themselves.
Ryan had a run-in with Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein. In November 2006, he had a small unfriendly exchange with Epstein saying "on behalf of an eager constituency, I hope the rumor (of a J. D. Drew deal) isn't true." Curt Schilling would call into Dennis and Callahan and criticize Ryan, but NBC Sports's Tom Curran sided with Ryan.
Ryan and his wife Elaine have a daughter Jessica, and a son Keith who died in 2008. They are grandparents of triplets. They have been married since 1969. The dedication page in Forty Eight Minutes, one of Ryan's books, says, "To Elaine Ryan: In the next life, maybe you'll get a nine-to-five man who makes seven figures." Ryan has also done humanitarian fundraisers for years to help inner-city teenagers with their educations. Ryan lives in Hingham, Massachusetts.
On January 28, 2008, Ryan's 37-year-old son, Keith, was found dead in his home in Islamabad, Pakistan. Initial reports indicated that his death was an apparent suicide; however, reports in the Pakistani newspapers Dawn and The News International indicated that Ryan's death may be investigated as a murder. A State Department spokesperson would only say the death was under investigation. Bob Ryan released the following statement: "Everyone is devastated. I am well aware of these reports and we are very concerned about that. (But) we have no reason at this time to doubt the official version".
On February 14, 2012, during a podcast with Bill Simmons on Grantland.com, Ryan announced that he would retire after the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Said Ryan, "I really and truly believe that my time has come and gone; that the dynamics of the business, of what it takes, what it means to be involved in the sports business with all the Tweeting and the blogging and all the stuff, and an audience with a different taste - it's not me anymore. I'm not comfortable." Ryan indicated that he would stay involved with sports in a part-time capacity after retirement, but is not interested in continuing at the pace he does now. Ryan's last day as a Red Sox reporter was July 16, 2012.
In March 2017, Ryan launched his own podcast, Bob Ryan's Boston Podcast. He has hosted many well-known former Boston athletes such as Larry Bird, Steve Grogan, Danny Ainge, Troy Brown, and Dave Cowens. Other well-known sports figures such as former NBA commissioner David Stern have also been guests.
Bob's wife's name is Elaine. Bob's son Keith passed away in 2008. Bob has one daughter named Jessica.
Currently, Bob Ryan is 75 years, 11 months and 4 days old. Bob Ryan will celebrate 76th birthday on a Monday 21st of February 2022. Below we countdown to Bob Ryan upcoming birthday.