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Longtime ESPN Trivia Host Howie Schwab, Star Of “Stump The Schwab,” Dead At 63



Howie Schwab from Big Ten Network Youtube video

Longtime ESPN producer Howie Schwab, best known as the star of the network’s show “Stump the Schwab,” passed away this week at the age of 63. No cause of death was released.

Howie joined ESPN in 1987, starting behind the scenes. By 1995, he had earned the position of coordinating producer forthe ESPN website.

Starting in 1998, Schwab began working as a coordinating producer for ESPN’s studio shows, such as “SportsCenter” and “Outside the Lines.” In addition to his role as a producer, Schwab also made appearances on several of the network’s programs.

From 2004 to 2006, Schwab hosted his own game show where contestants tried to outsmart Howie in a sports trivia contest. Contestants would attempt to make it through three rounds of questions, the third of which would be a head-to-head round against Schwab.

ESPN analyst Dick Vitale released a statement following Schwab’s passing.

“Howie played a vital role in my career — his incredible research was so valuable for decades,” 

“Howie’s loyalty & dedication was so special. His passion & love for sports was off the charts. Most recently he was ecstatic with the UConn Huskies going back to back and was also thrilled to see Rick Pitino bring back his beloved St. John’s to prominence.”


In 2013, Schwab left ESPN and later worked for Fox Sports and on “Sports Jeopardy,” which aired on Crackle.

Several of Howie’s friends and colleagues took to social media to mourn the loss of their friend.

Fran Fraschilla posted the following remembrance of Schwab,

So sad to hear of Howie Schwab’s passing this morning. I talked to him twice this past week & knew he was struggling physically. As kind a soul as you will ever meet. And, a ESPN Hall of Famer. RIP “Stump The Schwab”

Fran Fraschilla

Rest in peace!




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