Mitchell Mick

Mitchell Mick
Contributor
Inducted 2018

Since the 1960s, Mitchell Mick has been a familiar voice in the Tampa Bay area, becoming a pioneer for high school athletics on the radio.

Born in Tampa in 1929, Mick founded the High School Football Game of the Week in Tampa, a legendary weekly broadcast that went on for more than three decades. Mick was an innovative businessman on the radio, creating an interest in high school athletics on a platform that wasn’t use to it.

He went on to become the first person to strike an exclusive broadcasting contract with the FHSAA for its state championship games statewide. For 45 years, he broadcasted the Florida High School Basketball State Championships. Mick even broadcasted the first Florida High School Football State Championship Game in 1963. Mick also announced two Little League World Series Championships, several major college football bowl games and NCAA tournaments in baseball, basketball and softball.

When he wasn’t broadcasting high school competition, Mick attended the University of Tampa and spent his time on the field and court as a baseball and basketball official. Mick was a charter member of the West Coast Umpires Association.

In addition to his time as a high school athletics radio pioneer, Mick also spent 33 years as an executive in professional baseball, serving as the owner and president of the Tampa Tarpons as well as the senior vice president of the Florida State League.