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, a legendary broadcast that went on for more than three decades. Mick was an innovative businessman on the radio, creating the means for communities throughout the state to cheer on their high school team through his broadcasts.

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

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.

Mick attended Plant High School, Florida Southern College and the University of Tampa. He was also a basketball referee and a charter member of the West Coast Umpires Association. He volunteered for 25 years as a coach in Little League baseball and softball, reaching a pinnacle by winning two World Championships.