When Ben Shulman’s voice reaches the airwaves on Thursday, he’ll be following in his famous father’s footsteps.
Dan Shulman, of course, has been the voice of the Toronto Blue Jays since 1995, and has been calling the games for Sportsnet since 2015. Shulman, 55, also has worked for ESPN since 2001, calling basketball and baseball.
“It is very special for me to have Ben going into the same field I’m in,” Dan Shulman wrote in an email. “I really enjoy following his progress, and it’s fun to talk about things we’ve both experienced. Hopefully, he doesn’t mind old Dad poking his nose in every now and again :)”
Ben Shulman, a Toronto native and graduate of Syracuse University’s journalism program, will provide The FAN 590 radio call for his first Blue Jays game, filling in for Ben Wagner (who will return Tuesday) and alongside Ben Nicholson-Smith, Thursday when Toronto faces the Los Angeles Angels. First pitch is scheduled for 9:38 p.m. ET / 6:38 p.m. PT.
Ben Shulman has previously called NCAA basketball games and has been part of the broadcast team calling games for the Fort Wayne TinCaps of the High-A Midwest League. He has also called baseball for the Chatham Anglers of the Cape Cod League (2021) and the Barrie Baycats of the IBL (2018, 2019).
“I can’t thank the people at Sportsnet enough,” Ben Shulman added on Twitter. “While many imagined hitting that big homer as a kid, this was my biggest dream, partly due to my crippling unathleticism. SN made my dream a reality, and I hope to bring some of that excited kid on the air. Hope to see you there!”