Bob Fulton, the voice of the Gamecocks for almost 50 years, died today at his home in Lexington. He was 89 years old.
Fulton was one of the legendary announcers in college athletics. His career with USC spanned from 1952-1964 and 1967-1995. He worked football, basketball and baseball games for the Gamecocks Sports Network. His career at USC spanned 13 athletics directors, 10 basketball coaches, nine football coaches and 10 university presidents.
“I don’t know that I am (a legend)’” Fulton said shortly before his death. “What I always tried to do was to give the listeners as fair a representation of the games as I could.”bob fulton
Asked about his best memories at USC, Fulton said, “There are so many, but two football games stand out. The first came against Virginia in 1952, my first year at Carolina. Virginia led 14-0 late in the game, then coach Rex Enright put Dick Balka in at quarterback. He led a touchdown drive, then Carolina recovered a fumble on the kickoff and scored again. Finally, the Gamecocks blocked a kick for another TD. That’s 21 points in 1:45 on the game clock.
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“The other, in what I consider USC’s biggest win nationally, came against Michigan in 1980. Carolina won 17-14 in Ann Arbor, but the game was really decided on the Friday before. Coach Jim Carlen made a great speech on that Friday and the team went into that stadium loose and ready to play.”
"We are saddened to learn of the passing of Bob Fulton," said South Carolina Athletics Director Eric Hyman. "Bob left an indelible mark on thousands of fans who listened to his distinctive voice describing Gamecock football, basketball and baseball for years and years. A virtual walking encyclopedia of Gamecock Athletics, Bob had the unique ability to recall events and tell a story of the memorable moments in Carolina history. He will always be regarded by the Gamecock Nation as ‘The Voice.’ " Fulton was an eight-time selection as the state of South Carolina's "Sportscaster of the Year." In 1990 he became the first non-coach or athlete to be inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame and in 1993 was inducted into the University of South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame. In 1994 he received the state's highest award, The Order of the Palmetto, from Governor Carroll Campbell. "It is the passing of a legend," said head baseball coach Ray Tanner. "I am grateful for the time I spent with him, talking baseball and hearing stories of Carolina past. Bob Fulton is synonymous with Gamecock Athletics and our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this time. He will always be the Voice of the Gamecocks." Fulton is survived by two daughters, Nancy and Robin, four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.