Shelby A Whitfield

April 13, 1935February 5, 2013

Manchester - Shelby Whitfield passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at Care One in Jackson. He was 77.

Born in Frost Texas, he lived in Washington, DC and Marlboro, NJ before moving to Manchester 13 years ago.

Prior to retiring in 1997, he was a Radio Announcer for WABC Radio in NY.

Mr. Whitfield was a United States Army Veteran

Shelby Whitfield was born on April 13, 1935 in Frost, Texas. He graduated from Hereford High School in 1952 and continued his studies at University of Texas, Austin. He had a life long interest in sports and broadcasting. In 1955, Whitfield joined the U.S. Army and after basic training in Fort Collins, CO and Radio School in New York, went on to become Sports Director of the Armed Forces Network (AFN) Radio Europe. In 1968, his career in broadcasting continued when he moved to Washington, DC to accept a position to broadcast baseball games for the Washington Senators who were coached at the time by Ted Williams. In 1973, Whitfield wrote a book about his exploits with the Senators called Kiss it Goodbye. In 1981, Whitfield moved to New Jersey to became Sports Director and Executive Producer of ABC Sports Radio in New York. While working in this capacity, Whitfield authored his second book, co-written with Howard Cosell, entitled What's Wrong With Sports? Whitfield also won three Excellence in Sports Performance (ESPY) awards for his superior radio coverage of the Triple Crown in Thoroughbred Racing.

Surviving is his wife of 54 years Lora Napierski Whitfield. A son Drew Whitfield of Plainfield. 3 daughters: Shauna Lawrence of Maryland, Tina Cerullo and her husband Tony of Alabama and Sharon Knauf and her husband Robert of Jackson. Also by 5 Grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Sunday from 6 - 8 pm at the Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home 3010 Ridgeway Road, Manchester. For further information or to send an on-line condolence, please visit:

A funeral service will be held on Monday 11 am at the funeral home. Burial will follow at the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Wrightstown, NJ.


  • Visiting Sunday, February 10, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, February 11, 2013

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ron lawray

September 18, 2014

As a member of the US Air Force stationed in Germany, I would wake up at 7"15am just to hear Shelby's 5 minute sports show around 7:25..What a voice...And when he came to Washington to announce for the baseball team, I was in 7th heaven again...He will be missed......

Joe & Marlene Whitfield

March 28, 2013

March 28, 2013. We just received the news about Shelby .Joe, Marlene and Mildred Whitfield(age 94)sends our love to you and your family. She lives with her son Joe and wife Marlene Whitfield of Neches, Texas.

February 21, 2013

Ralf Napierski

February 12, 2013

Liebe Tante Lore,
zum Tode Deines lieben Ehemannes Shelby sprechen wir Dir und Deiner ganzen Familie unser tiefempfundenes Beileid aus. In besonders guter Erinnerung sind uns die Tage im Sommer 1986 geblieben, an denen wir mit Onkel Shelby durch New York streifen durften; er uns Harlem zeigte und uns zu seinem Lieblings-Italiener einlud
- ein unvergeßliches Erlebnis!

Dein Neffe Ralf und Agnes Napierski mit Roman und Gregor

Cherie MacQueen

February 12, 2013

I met Shelby at the 2003 AFN Reunion in Baltimore, MD. He was a wonderful talent for both AFN and audiences worldwide.

Tim Niece

February 11, 2013

Shelby, you will be missed by many. I only knew you a short time but we shared a few good times. I will miss you along with all your friends from Donovans.

Tim Niece

Heather Spino

February 11, 2013

We were so very sorry to hear of Shelby's passing. We always looked for him at the Little League games. We loved his company. We always loved to talk of the games the players and strategies. He really enjoyed watching the games and cheering on the boys but especially his grandson Robert. We will miss seeing and talking with him. God Bless You All.
Steve, Heather and Michael Spino

Ann Liguori

February 11, 2013

It was a pleasure to work for Shelby Whitfield at ABC Radio Sports. I was just starting my sports broadcasting career and Shelby gave me an opportunity to work as a freelance producer and then as a reporter at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. He believed in my abilities and I'll always be grateful for that. I have fond memories of the ABC Radio days with Shelby and his excellent team of announcers and producers. Those were certainly among the glory days of sports! I can see Shelby and Howard Cosell walking down the halls at the network and laughing and talking sports...those were the days.
My condolences to Shelby's family.

Naomi Shand

February 10, 2013

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Shelby. I have fond memories of listening to him broadcast my beloved Washingon Senators. I learned a lot about baseball while listening and he fueled my passion. I wrote him a "fan" letter and he was kind enough to send me a personal reply. I have kept it to this day. Rest in peace, Shelby. Thanks for the memories.

Robert Knauf Jr

February 10, 2013