Calvin Haywood, as seen in YES' tribute to him.

On Monday, Calvin Haywood passed away. Haywood, a prominent sports director, had worked for ESPN and ABC since 1982, and for YES since 2005 (as per his LinkedIn bio), both in staff and freelance roles. He was the first Black director of ABC’s Wide World of Sports, and was the first Black director of ESPN studio shows as well, working on SportsCenter and on many other properties. He then went on to make a huge impact at YES. Both ESPN and YES put out notable tributes to him:

Many individual colleagues and fellow media figures also paid tribute to Haywood on Twitter:

Our thoughts go out to Haywood’s family, friends and colleagues.

[Image via YES]

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Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.