In another saddening news day for the sports world, Red Sox announcer Carl Beane has died of a heart attack. He was just 59.
Beane, who had been the voice of Fenway Park for ten years, was driving when the incident occurred and crashed his car into a tree near a golf course. Passerby called authorities when they saw the accident; no one else was in the car and no other vehicles were involved.
The now-legendary announcer covered clubhouses for radio stations early in his career, always hoping to break into a bigger spot in the sports world. When he was offered the job of announcer for the Red Sox, he was ecstatic.
"We were all thrilled for him when he got the PA job, and I don’t think anybody loved it more. He really relished that job. It was part of his persona. He was just so happy doing it. He’s going to be missed. He had his own style, and he was part of the culture and part of the fabric of Fenway Park," said fellow announcer Joe Castiglione.
Beane not only announced every player before they stepped up to bat, he also started every game for the Sox by welcoming fans to the stadium. His voice was unique, say players, and that will be remembered for years to come.
"Stepping up to the plate at Fenway won't be the same," said David Ortiz.
Red Sox fans were devastated to hear the news and took to Twitter to send their thoughts to his family.