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City to honor Connie Alexander on its Wall of Fame

 

The City of Albuquerque will induct the late legendary New Mexico sportscaster Connie Alexander into Albuquerque’s Wall of Fame on Friday. Legendary Albuquerque High basketball coach Jim Hulsman will be among the speakers at the 11 a.m. induction at Alvarado Transportation Center rotunda area, 100 1st St. SW, Albuquerque, 87102 (corner of 1st St. SW and Central Ave in Downtown).

Alexander died on Sept. 7 at age 90.

Alexander’s career began when he was just a student at Albuquerque High School. Within a year after his 1947 graduation, he was doing professional football and basketball play-by-play and had an afternoon sports show.

At 25, he became the New Mexico Lobos’ football and basketball voice. Eight years later, he was hired to be one of the main voices of the Southwest Conference Football Network, one of the largest college football radio networks of its time.

He announced many historic games, such as 1969’s “Game of the Century” between Texas and Arkansas, 10 Cotton Bowls, six Sun Bowls, NFL Playoffs (all for CBS), NCAA Basketball playoffs and as late as 2011, even Lobo baseball. Despite his travels, he lived in Albuquerque the whole time.

For examples of his work, click on the Connie Alexander Archives (at both UNM and Texas Tech) at https://libvideo.unm.edu/?q=taxonomy/term/35&page=1

 


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