Steve Zabriskie was a broadcaster for the Mets from 1983 to 1989. He covered games for the team on WWOR-TV during the team’s most successful period of its history The Mets won more regular season games (575) than any other team in Major league Baseball during Zabriskie’s seven seasons. He partnered with Ralph Kiner, Tim McCarver and Rusty Staub in the Mets’ booth.
Zabriskie served as a sportscaster for WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh during the 1970s. He was a college football announcer for ABC and appeared on the network’s Wide World of Sports show. Steve also covered Major League Baseball for ABC prior to joining the Mets’ broadcast team.
In 1984, Zabriskie broadcasted for the Mets in their first season of pennant contention under the Wilpon ownership. He was on the air for several noteworthy moments during the team’s pleasantly surprising ’84 season. Steve’s voice was heard for Wally Backman’s ninth-inning double that gave the Mets a 5-4 win over the Expos at Shea Stadium on April 18 and for Kelvin Chapman’s relay throw to the plate for the final out of the Mets’ 2-1 victory over the Dodgers on May 25 at Shea. He announced Darryl Strawberry’s home run in the 11th inning for a clutch 1-0 Mets win at St. Louis on October 1, 1985. Zabriskie was also on the air for the final out of the Mets division-clinching 4-2 victory over the Cubs at Shea on September 17, 1986.
Zabriskie completed the 1980s with Mets teams that continued to contend for pennants. He announced games during the team’s 1988 division title season between a pair of second place finishes. After leaving the Mets, Steve joined ESPN to cover baseball and college basketball. He served as an announcer for the Baseball Network in 1994 and 1995. Zabriskie concluded his career as an on-air announcer with the Red Sox in 1997.