John F. X. Condon is a former public address announcer for
the New York Knicks, boxing promoter and a 1990 NYAC Hall of Fame inductee.
Condon started his career at Madison Square Garden as the
public address announcer for the Knicks in 1947.
Condon was referred to as the voice of basketball at Madison
Known for his iconic greeting prior to each basketball game
- "Good evening, everybody. Welcome to Madison Square Garden." –
Condon was a staple at the world's most famous arena.
However, Condon's true passion wasn't basketball – which he
referred to as "cheating on my first love, boxing." In addition to
the 42 years he spent as the announcer of MSG and the Knicks, Condon ultimately
served as president of Madison Square Garden Boxing. His passion for the sport
was so great that, despite having served President, Condon was also the
matchmaker and commentator for many boxing matches.
John FX Condon was elected to the International Boxing Hall
of Fame and the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame. Condon passed away in October
1989 at the age of 75.