By Peter Gleason

The great Big Al Meltzer, one of the best broadcasters of the golden age of Philly sports, has died at the age of 89.

Known to fans as “Big Al,” Meltzer worked for several television stations during an award-winning 50-year career, including doing the Sixers games and Big 5 games from the Palestra. He also was inducted into the Philly Sports and Jewish Sports hall of fames.

Meltzer also worked in Buffalo, commuting during the 1970s to as a play-by-play announcer for the NFL’s Buffalo Bills.

Meltzer retired from broadcasting in 2003 and also wrote his own book, “Big Al: Fifty Years of Adventures in Sports Broadcasting.”