Longtime WPXI-TV sportscaster Sam Nover dead at age 77
Longtime WPXI-TV sportscaster Sam Nover, a mainstay in Pittsburgh media for decades, has died at age 77.
Nover, a former WPXI sports director, “had a huge impact on Channel 11 and was one of the groundbreaking personalities in Pittsburgh television,” the station said in reporting his death Tuesday shortly after 6 p.m.
Sad news here at Channel 11. Former sports director Sam Nover, a Pittsburgh media legend who spent decades covering Steel City sports here at WPXI, has died at 77. Our tribute to him is live now on 11 News: https://t.co/MMd9x5X7fr pic.twitter.com/eUPKPZ7PkH
— WPXI (@WPXI) December 4, 2018
Nover spent nearly 30 years at WPXI as well as a stint for NBC Sports in New York. He did the final sit-down television interview with Pirates legend Roberto Clemente shortly before the Puerto Rican baseball player’s death in 1972.
In Oct 1972, Sam Nover did a haunting interviewing that would turn out to be Clemente’s last.
It is really worth watching tonight.https://t.co/KByAWRZ3wi
— Colin Dunlap (@colin_dunlap) December 4, 2018
“A consummate gentleman and perfectionist, Sam awed us with his talent and professionalism,” WPXI’s Peggy Finnegan said. “He was one of a kind, Network level talent. And he was a star in Pittsburgh.”
A Detroit native, Nover spent much of his time in Florida but relished returning to Pittsburgh for a few months every year, the station said.
— PGH Sports History (@PGH_Sports_Date) December 4, 2018
When Nover wasn’t talking about sports, said Finnegan, he was sharing stories about his daughters, Dana and Molly.
“Our deepest sympathies to the family,” she said.