Author: Bob Socci

Play-by-play broadcaster for Navy football, CBS Sports Network basketball and Pawtucket Red Sox baseball. You can learn more about me at www.bobsocci.com.

A Reason To Smile…

The following was written Thursday, April 18 for my Socci On The Sox blog.  As I work to add fresh content to this site, I invite you to read more of my writing for the Pawtucket Red Sox at www.pawsox.com. PAWTUCKET, R.I. — I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone to a ballgame.  But I know,…

Building A Program, Brick By Brick

By Bob Socci Practice began and ended the same way for Zach Spiker and the Army Black Knights.  The young coach huddled his team around him at midcourt, and reminded them of their goal for the following afternoon. “Six bricks,” he said.  “We need six bricks.” To the uninitiated, the sound of such a notion…

An Official Makes The Right Call

By Bob Socci Shortly before stepping into the center circle for the opening tip-off, Jeff Clark nodded, smiled and extended his right hand.  Wearing his black-and-white stripes, with a whistle hanging from his neck, Clark was dressed and accessorized for work. So was I, standing at mid-court, in my navy blue, network-issued blazer.  Any minute…

Hall of Famer Gets The Point Of Army-Navy

During his Hall-of-Fame career with the Indiana Pacers, Reggie Miller scored more than 25,000 points as one of the most lethal long-range shooters in basketball history.  More impressive are the points he makes about a rivalry I’ve been fortunate to experience since the winter of 1997.  Now a commentator for TNT and CBS, Miller, who…

Laura Wilkinson’s Twist Of Fate

Following is a link to my recent story about 2000 Olympic gold medalist Laura Wilkinson’s adoption of a special needs child from China, written for TeamUSA.org.  I hope you enjoy reading it nearly as much as I enjoyed writing it.  Laura and her husband, Eriek, as you can see, are blessed with a beautiful family:…

Army-Navy Basketball

On February 16, I’ll rejoin Chris Spatola, a two-time All-Patriot League guard at West Point (’02), to broadcast the Army-Navy men’s basketball Star Game in Annapolis for the CBS Sports Network.  Last month Chris and I enjoyed the opportunity to call the season’s first encounter of Midshipmen and Black Knights with basketball Hall of Famer…