Ross Porter ... today
Ross Porter is an American sportscaster known for his 28-year tenure (1977-2004) as a play-by-play announcer for Los Angeles Dodgers baseball.
Ross spent 10 years as a sportscaster for KNBC-TV in Los Angeles. He worked alongside Tom Snyder on the 6 PM news and Tom Brokaw on the 11PM news. On August 23, 1989, Porter set a major league baseball record for broadcasting 22 straight innings on radio by himself in a six-hour, 14 minute game against the Expos in Montreal.
Since 2006, he has hosted a charity golf tournament each November to raise funds for his clinical psychologist son's non-profit organization, Stillpoint Family Resources. Stillpoint was founded when Ross and Lin's first grandson was born with Down Syndrome. John Michael underwent three heart surgeries in the first 18 months of his life and today is the joy of the family. Over 100 celebrities have participated in the tournament, Ross Porter Celebrity Golf Classic, played in Southern California.
Ross's relationship with his grandson, John Michael, is something to marvel at. I asked Ross if I could photograph them both, hoping to capture the love and respect they hold for each other. Ross agreed and in the end it's an image I am very proud of.
On the evening of May 22, 1978, during his radio broadcast with 45,000 Dodger fans in attendance and however many in Southern California listening to the broadcast was informed of my daughter's birth as Ross welcomed her arrival into the Dodger family. Not a bad way to make an entrance into this world of ours. His kind gesture that evening will never be forgotten.
If there is a better photographer than Rich, I have not seen him. He has an uncanny ability to capture the moment at the precise right time.
Rich Kee is an artist. He paints portraits with his keen eye and camera, capturing classic moments in time.