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Les Grobstein Biography – Les Grobstein Wiki
Les Grobstein was a longtime Chicago sports radio broadcaster and talk show host who recorded former Cubs manager Lee Elia’s famous profanity-laced postgame rant about Cubs fans in 1983. His sports media career spanned over 50 years in Chicago. Since 2009, Grobstein was the overnight host of 670 The Score on WSCR radio where he was affectionally known as “The Grobber.” He also served for a decade as the station’s sports director.
The Chicago native, who graduated from Von Steuben High School and Columbia College, started his career as a commentator for Northwestern University men’s basketball games in 1970. He also was a broadcaster and public-address announcer for many defunct Chicago teams, including the Bruisers and Rush of the Arena Football League, and the Fire and Winds of the World Football League. He also was the voice of UIC hockey when it was a Division I program.
Grobstein worked as an announcer for various sports teams, a reporter for Sportsphone Chicago, as the sports director at WLS 890-AM and as a reporter for WMVP-1000 before settling into his longtime home with 670 The Score, according to the Score’s website.
He was best known as the person who recorded then-Cubs manager Lee Elia’s infamous profanity-laced tirade on April 29, 1983, at Wrigley Field. Elia blasted Cubs fans who heckled the players that day. Grobstein was one of four reporters present in the manager’s office when Elia exploded after a loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers that afternoon dropped his team’s record to 5-14.
Les Grobstein Age
Les Grobstein died on January 16, 2022. He was 69.
Les Grobstein Wife
Was Les Grobstein married. He was unmarried. However, he was in a longtime relationship with his girlfriend Kathy.
Les Grobstein Family
He is survived by his longtime partner Kathy and son Scott Grobstein.
Les Grobstein Death
Longtime Chicago Sports Radio Broadcaster Les Grobstein died at the age of 69. Grobstein passed away suddenly at his home in Elk Grove Village on Sunday, January 16, 2022, according to a GoFundMe page set up by Kristin Wilson on behalf of Grobstein’s son Scott Grobstein.
670 The Score and Audacy said in a statement: “For half a century, Les Grobstein was a pillar of Chicago media, a local icon and a true original. A friend to so many who knew him, ‘The Grobber’ connected with our listeners from the minute he stepped into the studio in 1997. Today is a sad day at 670 The Score, but we celebrate Les’ life and career and the impact he had on our community and our station. We extend our deepest condolences to Les’ family and friends, including his son Scott and partner Kathy.”
The Chicago Bears released the following statement: “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our friend and 670 The Score radio host Les Grobstein. Les was a true media icon of the last 50+ years, whose knowledge of Chicago sports history was unparalleled. Les was proud of having attended more than 100 Bears-Packers games in his time, his first coming in 1963 and he could recall it like it was yesterday.
“He was always a pleasure to chat with on game days, and anyone who had a conversation with Les walked away knowing more. On behalf of the entire Bears organization, we extend our thoughts and prayers to his family, especially his beloved Kathy and son Scott, friends and countless faithful listeners.”
“He mixed an incredible memory with tremendous passion for his craft and for Chicago sports,” NBC Sports Chicago analyst David Kaplan said. “There will never be another one like him. My deepest sympathies to his family, his teammates, and his many fans.”
Les Grobstein Cause of Death
He was found dead at his home in Elk Grove Village. The cause of death was not immediately known. He had been off work sick since January 12, 2022, but friends were unaware of any serious illness, ABC 7 Chicago reported.
Les Grobstein Net Worth
He had an estimated net worth of $2 million.