While in the 5th grade, Bob Costas had a pencil case that listed all the Presidents names. As he told Conan O'Brian on a 1998 episode of Late Night, whenever he was bored in the back of the classroon he would reread the names and eventually memorized them. When O'Brien challanged him to recite them all in 20 seconds, Costas zipped through Washington through Kennedy, but then slowed down cosiderably for Johnson through Clinton, forgetting Carter altogether.
Bob Costas has hosted the Olympics in Barcelona in 1992, Atlanta in 1996, Sydney in 2000, Salt Lake City in 2002, Athens in 2004, and Turin in 2006.
Bob Costas was a play-by-play man for the NBA and for Major League Baseball during his early days with NBC.
Bob Costas was NBC's studio host for NFL games.
Bob Costas has won multiple National Sportcaster of the Year awards from the National Sportcaster and Sportswriter Association.
Bob Costas was a recipient of the Curt Gowdy Award.
Bob Costas hosted the pre-games for Super Bowls XX, XXIII and XXVII.
Bob Costas hosted the MLB All-Star Game pre-game shows in 1983, 1985, 1987 and 1989.
Bob Costas was named in 2006 as a regular substitute host for Larry King Live.
Bob Costas wrote Fair Ball: A Fan's Case for Baseball in 2000.
Bob Costas briefly worked for CBS.
Bob Costas worked at KMOX Radio in St. Louis.
Bob Costas was a play-by-play announcer for the Spirits of St. Louis of the American Basketball Association.
Bob Costas attended the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.
Bob Costas went to Commack South High School.
Bob Costas' mother was of Irish Catholic descent while his father was of Greek descent.
Bob Costas has worked for the NBC network since the early 1980s.
Bob Costas: Were there better baseball players than Jackie Robinson? Yes. Were there more important baseball players than Jackie Robinson? Who?
Bob Costas: Baseball isn't brain surgery. I just make sure I'm not frivolous at the expense of the game.
Bob Costas: I loved Seaver, but you have to put Clemens ahead of him. He's on a short list of being one of the greatest of all time. In my lifetime, no one was better than Koufax at his best. I would pick Sandy for one game. But Clemens is ahead of Gibson and Seaver at their best.
Bob Costas: What's happened is that teams have latched onto the notion that Spring Training can be a big revenue producer.
Bob Costas: An understanding that it is now indisputable that an entire era in baseball was out of whack, distorted, to some extent inauthentic, and has be viewed almost separate from the rest of baseball history. And that, although baseball is, in fairness, making a belated but now concerted effort to deal with the problem . . . all you can do is try to diminish the use of performance-enhancing drugs, try to change the culture surrounding the sport so that people voluntarily decide they are not going to do it.