Carl Beane, the “Voice of Fenway Park,” died yesterday after having a heart attack while driving his car in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, the Boston Red Sox said.
Beane, 59, had been the public address announcer since 2003, when he won a competition for the position.
The Red Sox will pay tribute to Beane in pregame ceremonies before their home game against the Cleveland Indians today.
“No one loved his role with the Red Sox more than Carl did his,” Red Sox Chief Executive Officer Larry Lucchino said in a statement. “He adored the opportunity to pay homage each game to Sherm Feller, and to contribute to the culture of Fenway Park, a place he loved passionately.”
Beane died after his car, an SUV with a spare tire cover stitched to look like a baseball, crossed the double yellow lines and left the road before hitting a tree and a wall, Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said in an e-mailed statement.
Beane, a veteran sports reporter, is the lead-off voice in “The Baseball Experience” at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York.
Born in Agawam, Massachusetts, he graduated from Agawam High School in 1971 and the Career Academy School of Broadcasting in 1972, when he began his broadcasting career at WMAS in Springfield.
He provided national updates for ESPN Radio, Sirius Satellite Radio, Westwood One, Associated Press and MetroNetworks, as well as WBZ Radio in Boston.
He also taught sports broadcasting and play-by-play classes at the Connecticut School of Broadcasting in Needham, Massachusetts.
Funeral arrangements have yet to be completed.
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