Craig Sager Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Christian Mba
Jan 31, 2024 By Christian Mba
Originally Published on May 19, 2022
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About Craig Sager

Craig Sager was born on June 29, 1951, with the zodiac sign of Cancer.
While studying for his Bachelor's degree at Northwestern University, he put on the suit of Willie the Wildcat, who was the mascot of the school for three years. Sager was also a member of the international Greek-letter organization, known as the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity.
The last major event covered by Craig Sager was Game 6 of the NBA finals, along with Doris Burke. The two teams in the final were the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors.

Craig Sager Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What was Craig Sager’s net worth?

The net worth of Craig Sager was $9.5 million according to media sources, before his death in December 2016.

How much did Craig Sager earn per year?

Online sources have confirmed that the annual income of Craig Sager was $1 million.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall was Craig Sager?

Craig Sager was quite well built and had a height of 6 ft 2 in (188 cm).

How old was Craig Sager?

Craig Sager was born on June 29, 1951 and died on December 15, 2016, at the age of 65.

Childhood And Education

Craig Sager was born and raised in the city of Batavia in Illinois.
Like many residents of the city, he went to the Batavia High School. The highlight of his schooldays was his essay for the American Legion, a non-profit organization for war veterans. 'How and Why I Should Show Respect to the American Flag' was unique for its national sentiment and was even inducted into the Congressional Record by the editors and became a key event in Sager's life.
Craig Sager graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, in 1973, with a Bachelor's degree in Speech.

Family, Romance And Relationships

Who was Craig Sager’s partner?

Craig Sager married Lisa Gabel in 1980. The had three children, named Kacy Sager, Craig Sager II, and Krista Sager. They later divorced.
He married again in 2001, to Stacy Sager, who was previously a dancer for the Chicago Bulls. With her, he had two kids, named Riyan and Riley.

Career And Professional Highlights

The June-born presenter started his career in 1972, reporting for WXLT, a Florida-based channel. Around 1974, he was also a radio news director and although the salary was meager, what made him stay in the job was his access to important sports events. He even escaped the security team to interview Hank Aaron for his 715th home run while he was in Atlanta.
For a brief spell, Sager was a weatherman for WLCY-TV and here he was even mentored by Dick Crippen. After that, as a sports reporter, he covered the spring training of the Kansas City Royals for WINK-TV.
From 1978-1981, Sager worked for KMBC Channel 9, not only covering the spring training of the Kansas City Royals, but also the preseason of the Kansas City Chiefs.
He was asked by CNN to report the Baseball Playoffs of 1980. Seeing Sager's potential and flamboyant anchoring, the reporter was hired at CNN Sports as a full-time employee. After that, not only did he co-host CNN's 'Sports Tonight' shows, but also worked as an anchor for the 'College Football Scoreboard'.
Sager then shifted to TBS in 1987, which is a branch of CNN and covered both 'The Coor Sports Page', which was a 30-minute night program broadcasted on Sundays and also commenced the halftime reports for the Atlanta Hawks.
Craig started to step up in the world of reporting and covered Ted Turner's Goodwill Games (1986 to 2001) in front of the cameras, along with the Pan American Games and the FIFA World Cup in 1990. He also covered the Winter Olympics of 1992 for TNT and particularly reported on Nordic Skiing and Curling.
Sager also worked in NBC Sports as a loanee from TNT and was given the responsibility for covering the National League Championship Series and World Series. Not only did he cover for the men's and women's basketball teams with NBC for the Olympic Games, but he was also asked to report at the Summer Olympics in Beijing in 2008.
After that, Craig Sager worked as a sideline reporter for the NBA for a long time. Other than that, the major events that he has covered were The Tournament of the Americas in 1999 for TNT, and the World Championship of Basketball in 2002.

Best Known For…

Craig Sager was known for his colorful clothing, which was both calming, yet loud. He was a natural entertainer who had worked for 26 seasons as the sideline reporter for Turner Sports and in 2012, was even nominated for the Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Personality.

Charity Work

Craig Sager, along with his wife Stacy Sager, started the Sager Strong Foundation for people who were suffering from an acute form of Leukemia. The non-charitable organization would help the family of the patient mentally and economically, as they also have been enduring a painful journey. The organization also has a Facebook page for awareness and the donations not only help the families in need, but also can help to further cancer research.
The Sager Strong Foundation also tied the knot of partnership with the V Foundation for Cancer Research, for promoting the educational research fund related to blood cancers. With this, both organizations hope to battle the dangerous disease and the first scholar grant was provided to Dr. Bhatt for his work 'Precisely Shaping the Intestinal Microbiome to Improve Cancer Therapy Outcomes'.

What awards did Craig Sager win?

The sports reporter won many awards in his illustrated career.
In 1985, Craig Sager won the Cable Ace Awards for his marvelous work as a co-anchor for the 'CNN Sports Tonight' shows.
The sports reporter received the Sportscater of the Year Award from the Florida High School Coaches Association, when he was serving as a sports director in Fort Myers.
At the 2016 ESPY Awards, the June-born gentleman was awarded the Jimy V Perseverance Award for his fierce battle with myeloid leukemia.
Just two days before his death, on December 13, 2016, Craig Sager was introduced to the Sports Broadcasting Hall Of Fame.
The Illinois-born presenter was posthumously awarded the Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Personality, Sports Reporter, by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2017.
He was also posthumously awarded the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Curt Gowdy Media Award in 2017, in the NBA All-Star game.

Craig Sager’s Hobbies And Interests

His love for writing led him to pen down his autobiography 'Living Out Loud: Sports, Cancer and the Things Worth Fighting For' with the help of Craig Sage Jr., and Brian Curtis.

Other Interesting Craig Sager Facts And Trivia

  • The Sager Strong Award is given to a person who is a pioneer in setting an example of courage, and conviction among the mass. Now interestingly the award is the carbon copy of the sports coat that Sager wore while receiving the Jimy V Perseverance Award.
  • In 2014 Sager was diagnosed with leukemia, after battling for two years he sadly passed on December 15 2016 in Georgia, Atlanta. 

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Craig Sager Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Date of Birth

1951-06-29

Date of Death

2016-12-15

Nationality

American

Place of Birth

Illinois

Height

188 cm

Child Star?

No

Occupation

Sports Reporter

Education

Northwestern University

Net Worth

9500000

Partner

Stacy Sager

Annual Earnings

1000000
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