Howie Schwab Photo Credit: ESPN

Howie Schwab, the former ESPN personality best known for his incredible knowledge of sports trivia and statistics, died Saturday.

Sports broadcaster Dick Vitale, a longtime friend, broke the news on X/Twitter.

“So sad to learn of the passing of my loyal dedicated buddy ⁦@howieschwab — he was recently at my home,” Vitale posted. “Had various health issues but was feeling good when he visited. May he please RIP.”


A native of Baldwin, New York, who graduated from St. John’s University in 1982, Schwab joined ESPN in 1987 and handled various roles during his career. He served as the coordinating producer for the network’s website in the mid-1990s and later served the same role for ESPN studio production on shows such as SportsCenter and Outside the Lines.

However, he’s best remembered for his role as the star of ESPN’s Stump the Schwab show, which ran on ESPN2 and ESPN Classic from 2004 through 2006. In that role, the ESPN statistician and sports trivia guru faced off against contestants in a sports trivia game. The late Stuart Scott hosted the show.

Although the results were entirely predictable — Schwab almost always defeated each episode’s challenger — the show earned a cult following.

“(Schwab) looks like someone you’d be disappointed to find as your dinner party seatmate, or next to you on a cross-country plane trip,” wrote David Blum of the New York Sun. “But that’s exactly what makes the Schwab such a compelling television persona, and what makes Stump the Schwab one of the best game shows on television.”

Although Schwab and ESPN parted ways in 2013 as part of a cost-cutting move, his legacy was secure.

The sports world paid tribute to Schwab Saturday.

“One of my absolute favorites at ESPN. Greatest stat brain ever and hell of a human,” wrote Darren Rovell.

On Sunday, Schwab’s widow Suzie used his account to express gratitude for all the messages of support she’d seen, calling them “an immense solace.”

[Dick Vitale on Twitter/X]

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