He was known for signing off his show with a quote from British poet G.K. Chesterton: “Angels fly because they take themselves lightly.”. In 1983, Tolbert graduated from Artesia High School in Lakewood, California. Barbieri describes the firing this way: I've heard it said that this was an amicable parting. Tommy gained popularity with Ralph Barbieri on the "Razor and Mr.T" show until 2012. Copyright © 2000-2020 Sports Reference LLC. R.I.P. He’s just a beautiful human being.”, Lorrie recognized that great quality in her husband, but she was deeply shaken by his postsurgical condition. I was told to gather my belongings and turn in my card key, at which point I was "escorted" out of the building by a KNBR management person. October 16, For the last 15 years of his time at the station, he was the co-host along with former NBA player Tom Tolbert of a popular afternoon sports show called “The Razor and Mr. T.” In 2003, SFGate reported that their show was the top-rated show for the past three years among men 25-54. “From the perspective of seeing Tom as this big, solid, brawny guy, it was pretty dramatic and emotional for me,” she said, right about the time Tom pulled up his shirt to reveal a foot-long, vertical scar running down his abdomen. Do you have a blog? I’ve always had that ability when something’s out of my hands. The Chronicle published a statement from Barbieri today. “I said, ‘I don’t feel good. His zodiac sign is Libra. I loved working with the guy. “I really believe it helps the healing process when you have those types of vibes coursing through your body. My quads were killing me; I just felt done.”. Here we’ve got this team of surgeons, and they’re the best. She has won numerous awards including the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critic Circle Award. Arrangements are by Schooler Funeral Home. Ralph Barbieri was a sports radio personality from San Francisco, California. They weren’t associated with a heart attack, but I knew something was wrong.”. “After 25 years of sex, drugs and rock and roll, I started thinking it was time to start settling down,” said Barbieri. Login to add information, pictures and relationships, join in discussions and get credit for your contributions. [4], From December 2012 to the end of the 2016 NBA season, Tolbert joined the Golden State Warriors Radio Network as color commentator alongside play-by-play announcer Tim Roye. Tom Tolbert Education. It’s life-threatening.’”. He played a total of seven seasons in the National Basketball Association. That great sense of humor never left him. Mrs. Tolbert was born in Greenville to the late Alvin H. Clayton and Mary Loree Plumley Clayton. Tommy gained popularity with Ralph Barbieri on the "Razor and Mr.T" show until 2012. It used to be when I was in love, I would find myself speeding home just to be with a woman. “You think Tom’s scar is nasty; his dad’s runs completely top to bottom. NBA Commish David Stern to Jim Rome "Do you still beat your wife?" He has three children. Our reasoning for presenting offensive logos. In fact, my doctor told me, ‘Make sure you have your seven to 10 beers a week, it’s actually good for you.’ And I was like, ‘Can I have seven this Saturday?’ Uh, no, that’s not how it works.”. Charlotte Hornets, 2nd round (9th pick, 34th overall), 1988 NBA Draft, More Tom Tolbert pages at Sports Reference. Tom Tolbert ‘honored’ with commemorative urinal at Chase Center ... 7:52. I just love her to death.”. Tolbert is back on the job as one of the most popular sports talk-show hosts in Bay Area history, anchoring KNBR’s 3 to 7 p.m. slot alongside John Lund with his customary wit and perspective. In his new life, a great deal has changed. Audio: Listen to Tom Tolbert's emotional on-air tribute to Barbieri. “So we’re buzzing down to Stanford, and I noticed that they’d handcuffed my gurney to the side of the ambulance. Email: bjenkins@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @Bruce_Jenkins1. Tom Tolbert is a 54 year old American Basketballer born on 16th October, 1965 in Long Beach, California. To maintain the proper level of blood flow, doctors inserted several stents in his coronary arteries to keep them open; they are likely to remain in place for the rest of his life. to a KNBR legend.”. Subscribe to our Free Newsletter, This Month in Sports ReferenceFind out when we add a feature or make a change. “Then both of my shoulder blades started hurting, and then my chest and throat were throbbing. But there isn’t a trace of cockiness or self-obsession in his manner, on or off the air — and his first reaction, to just about anything, is humor. Jeff Weisinger 122,075 views. Tom Tolbert: I’m saddened to here of the passing of my former Arizona Wildcats coach and friend Lute Olson… He was a great and honorable man..He built an incredible program and helped m… As soon as I walked in, I was told that the General Manager wanted to see me. Lorrie, seated nearby, walked over and planted a big kiss on her man. I mean, I don’t get through any of this without Lorrie. We have no records of past relationships for Tom Tolbert. [3] In 2017, Tolbert suffered an aortic aneurysm and underwent emergency heart surgery. photos, [3] Tolbert is currently the co-host of the Tolbert & Lund show on KNBR. “Sodium is the big thing I have to avoid, and I’m at the store reading every label now,” he said. About a week after returning home, Tolbert taped an upbeat message for his KNBR listeners to hear. Lee Hammer, the station's operations manager and program director, told the San Jose Mercury News that "it was a management decision." I thought about diet. “The nurse said, ‘Yes, you definitely want the kids to come. My heartfelt condolences to Ralph’s family.”, Radio host Bonta Hill said, “Rest in peace, Ralph Barbieri. Audio: Listen to Tom Tolbert's emotional on-air tribute to Barbieri. He could be loud. Tom Tolbert was born on October 16, 1965 in Long Beach, California, USA as Byron Thomas Tolbert. pic.twitter.com/zMprKjfdHX, — Jeff Domingues (@jeffdomingues) August 3, 2020, Former colleague Ray Woodson posted: “The Razor was a one of a kind. I thought about exercise. Tolbert then hosted with longtime Bay Area columnist Ray Ratto, before teaming up with John Lund. He declined to comment further, wrote the Merc. He was back in the studio on Oct. 9, and for the past two months, he’s been able to drive himself to his workplace of 21 years. National Basketball Association broadcasters, See Position: I don’t think anyone will ever have the magic that we had.”. Barbieri describes the firing this way: I've heard it said that this was an … According to our records, Tom Tolbert is possibly single. So I had ’em take a picture with me giving the thumbs-up: ‘They finally got me,’” he laughed. He also found himself limiting his selections of female companions to women still in their childbearing years. In 1988, he was a second-round draft pick (9th pick, 34th overall) of the Charlotte Hornets.[1]. us, Colleges: Most of his life is based on sports and humor and people and friends. … Francisco Media Salaries. The Razor is an absolute legend. “I could barely make it from the street to the house. Oh, and when I got to my car and tried to access my voicemail, which contained about 20 messages, I found that the station had cut off access to my voicemail. Click Season link for player's season game log, College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com, International Stats at Basketball-Reference.com, Scores from any date in BAA/NBA or ABA history. 13 property-tax breaks, maintaining its lead in California, Prop. He could be abrasive. He attended the university on an academic scholarship and was a member of the cheerleading team. We had to make sure he had a convenient parking place, and sometimes he has to get up during the show to keep the blood circulating. Byron Thomas Tolbert (born October 16, 1965) is an American sports broadcaster and former professional basketball player. As much as we watch sports and we see careers come and go, you're never really prepared for when they end. He graduated from Santa Monica High School in 1966 and UC Berkeley with a B.A. She’s the best. Help us build our profile of Tom Tolbert! “A few things were different. Tolbert currently lives in Alameda, California with his wife and three children. He was able to walk around the kitchen 10 times, he said. The show has attracted high ratings in the Bay Area with male listeners aged 25 to 54. I loved the guy. “I’m thinking, what the hell is that?” he recalled. Question, Comment, Feedback, or Correction? Cameron Champ’s father, Wiki, Biography, Age, Wife, Children, Instagram. The odds were heavily against him surviving the initial operation to repair a tear in the body’s largest artery, and he required three subsequent procedures to ward off complications. While at Arizona, Tolbert played under coach Lute Olson, helping the team to an appearance in the 1988 Final Four. Tom Tolbert, Actor: Like Mike. A true piece of Bay Area media history.”, A moment of silence, please, and one last free-flowing interview question and pointed opinion with the passing of former @KNBR host Ralph Barbieri. I just kept thinking, ‘They’re gonna get this done.’”, Afterward, Tolbert got the grim news that “there were a number of ways it could have gone worse than it did.