Don Carney

Veteran Major League Baseball producer-director

Veteran Major League Baseball producer-director, Don Carney, who introduced instant replays to televised games, died March 16 in Coral Spring, Florida, of pneumonia. He was 79.

Also known for helming New York Yankee baseball for more than three decades, Carney began his career as vice president of sports and special events for WPIX-TV in the early years of television. Besides baseball’s first instant replays, he developed many other innovations.

Carney produced and directed many historic major league games, such as the 1961 Roger Maris/Mickey Mantle home run race, including Maris’ record-breaking 61st. In 1984, he received the Broadcast Media Award from the Broadcast Industry Conference for his coverage of the 1983 pine tar game between New York and Kansas City.

In addition to his Yankee telecasts, Carney produced and directed games for a number of sports, including the NFL, NBA, Golden Gloves Championship, NHL, and NCAA track and football. Carney also produced nonsporting events in New York related to the 1976 Centennial Celebration and the pope’s 1979 visit.

He is survived by his wife Judith, a brother, two sisters, three daughters, a stepdaughter and seven grandchildren.

More Scene

  • Ryan Murphy Pose

    Ryan Murphy on 'Showrunning as Advocacy' and the Post-Me Too 'Age of Enlightenment'

    Veteran Major League Baseball producer-director, Don Carney, who introduced instant replays to televised games, died March 16 in Coral Spring, Florida, of pneumonia. He was 79. Also known for helming New York Yankee baseball for more than three decades, Carney began his career as vice president of sports and special events for WPIX-TV in the […]

  • 'The Sinner' film premiere

    Jessica Biel Closes Her Kid-Friendly Au Fudge Restaurant

    Veteran Major League Baseball producer-director, Don Carney, who introduced instant replays to televised games, died March 16 in Coral Spring, Florida, of pneumonia. He was 79. Also known for helming New York Yankee baseball for more than three decades, Carney began his career as vice president of sports and special events for WPIX-TV in the […]

  • Comedy Converstion with L to R:

    Just for Laughs Festival Honors Tiffany Haddish, Hannah Gadsby, More

    Veteran Major League Baseball producer-director, Don Carney, who introduced instant replays to televised games, died March 16 in Coral Spring, Florida, of pneumonia. He was 79. Also known for helming New York Yankee baseball for more than three decades, Carney began his career as vice president of sports and special events for WPIX-TV in the […]

  • Paul Krassner Memoir Illustration

    Paul Krassner on Resisting With Humor

    Veteran Major League Baseball producer-director, Don Carney, who introduced instant replays to televised games, died March 16 in Coral Spring, Florida, of pneumonia. He was 79. Also known for helming New York Yankee baseball for more than three decades, Carney began his career as vice president of sports and special events for WPIX-TV in the […]

  • Just for Laughs Festival Montreal

    Just for Laughs Festival Is the Coachella of Comedy

    Veteran Major League Baseball producer-director, Don Carney, who introduced instant replays to televised games, died March 16 in Coral Spring, Florida, of pneumonia. He was 79. Also known for helming New York Yankee baseball for more than three decades, Carney began his career as vice president of sports and special events for WPIX-TV in the […]

  • National Comedy Center Set To Open

    National Comedy Center Set To Open During Lucille Ball Fest

    Veteran Major League Baseball producer-director, Don Carney, who introduced instant replays to televised games, died March 16 in Coral Spring, Florida, of pneumonia. He was 79. Also known for helming New York Yankee baseball for more than three decades, Carney began his career as vice president of sports and special events for WPIX-TV in the […]

  • Carter Hudson, John Singleton, Angela LewisFX's

    John Singleton on Disney-Fox Deal: 'You Gotta Let FX Be What It Is'

    Veteran Major League Baseball producer-director, Don Carney, who introduced instant replays to televised games, died March 16 in Coral Spring, Florida, of pneumonia. He was 79. Also known for helming New York Yankee baseball for more than three decades, Carney began his career as vice president of sports and special events for WPIX-TV in the […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content