Legendary sportscaster Les Keiter dies at age 89 - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Legendary sportscaster Les Keiter dies at age 89

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Hawaii is mourning the sad passing of a legendary sportscaster.

Les Keiter spent more than 50 years in front of the camera, earning the nickname "The General" along the way.

Keiter died of natural causes Tuesday afternoon at Castle Medical Center.

He was 89-years-old.

Keiter had called virtually every sport - from baseball to boxing.

And fans in hawaii will no doubt remember him as the longtime sportscaster for KHON.

Keiter "literally" had a front row seat to some of the biggest sports events in history.

That includes the night a boxer named Cassius Clay won his first title back in 1964.

"To me it's one of the highlights of my whole career because I was there for literally the birth of the Muhammed Ali era," Keiter told KHNL News 8 back in 2001. "The night that he was Cassius Clay and won and the next day at a press conference, effective this moment, 'my new name is Muhammed Ali, I have taken the Muslim religion'. And somebody asked him, 'but how can you change your name, your name's cassius clay?' And he says 'No, Cassius Clay is my slave name.' I was there, I can hear him saying it. 'As of now, I am the greatest.' He started that yelling you know. 'I'm king of the world, and I'm Muhammed Ali.'"

An actor even portayed Keiter in the movie "Ali."

Keiter started his broadcasting career in Hawaii after World War II and later returned here in the 1970s after working across the mainland.

He even had a role on the popular tv show "Hawaii 5-0."

Keiter retired from KHON in 1994 and later became the spokesman for Aloha Stadium.

He would have turned 90-years-old on April 27th.

 

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