Al McCoy Through the Years
May 19, 2010
A native of Williams, Iowa, basketball was always in the blood of Al McCoy (middle).
A young portrait of McCoy shows the eventual Suns broadcaster was always in style.
Arriving in the Valley back in 1958, McCoy originally worked play-by-play for the Triple-A Phoenix Giants baseball club.
It would not be long, however, before the talented young broadcaster would make his way over to the young Phoenix Suns organization.
Along with Phoenix Giants Baseball, McCoy also did work for Phoenix Roadrunner Hockey.
McCoy poses for a quick photo in 1962 - a decade before joining the Phoenix Suns.
McCoy also spent time as a DJ as 'one of the good guys' on KRUX 1360.
He would also gain some experience covering sports for the Sun Devils in Tempe.
When he eventually joined the Suns family on September 27, 1972, the organization knew they had something special.
In the early 1970s, McCoy teamed up with current Utah Jazz play-by-play broadcaster Hot Rod Hundley.
During that time, McCoy saw a number of Suns legends take the hardwood including Lamar Green and Hall-of-Famer Connie Hawkins.
And of course there was the "Original Sun" Dick Van Arsdale.
He's also spent time with a number of legendary opponents including Los Angeles Lakers' sharpshoter Jerry West.
Another Laker great, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, spends some time with McCoy at halftime of his last NBA game.
The young broadcaster takes a photo with singer and original Suns investor, Andy Williams.
In 1976, it was McCoy doing the broadcasting as the "Sunderella" Suns advanced all the way to the NBA Finals.
McCoy introduced NBA fans to a number of classic expressions over the years, the most famous his three-point call of, "Shazaam!"
In 1984, McCoy along with Van Arsdale called games for KTAR.
McCoy takes a photo with a number of Suns legends including Cotton Fitzsimmons, his wife JoAnn and trainer Joe Proski.
McCoy interviews Doc Severenson, the then-principal Pops conductor for the Phoenix Symphony.
In the 1990s, McCoy was joined by one of the greatest coaches in Suns history, Cotton Fitzsimmons.
Legends for their ability off the hardwood, Walter Cronkite, Monday Night Football's Al Michaels and McCoy take a quick photo.
The 1990s saw a number of talented Suns players make their way into Phoenix including forward Tom Chambers.
Al and then-Suns President Jerry Colangelo wave to the fans gathered outside America West Arena for the Suns' 1993 Western Conference Championship parade.
McCoy talks to the newest Suns All-Star Jason Kidd who joined the organization in the late 90s.
Al and his close friend, the late Lakers broadcaster Chic Hearn were the guests of honor during a special media luncheon in 2001.
In 2006, Phoenix Magazine named McCoy the best play-by-play announcer in their annual "Best of the Valley" issue.
Now in his 35th season with the Suns organization, Phoenix fans hope there are still many "Shazams" to come.
McCoy shares some laughs and some milk with Amare Stoudemire during the forward's NBA Rookie of the Year press conference in 2003.
McCoy is now joined at the broadcast table by former Sun Eddie Johnson.
In their time together, the two have already called a number of memorable Suns games.
Following a contest, McCoy spends some time with Phoenix Suns' Boris Diaw.
The Suns paid tribute to McCoy on March 2, 2007, distributing talking bobbleheads to fans at US Airways Center and renmaing the Suns' press room the Al McCoy Media Center.
The limited edition Al McCoy bobblehead repeats a number of the broadcaster's trademark catchphrases, including "Shazaam!"