Red Sox P.A. announcer Beane killed in car crash
Boston Red Sox public address announcer Carl Beane, the voice of
Fenway Park whose booming baritone called ballplayers to the plate
for two World Series champions, died on Wednesday after suffering a
heart attack while driving. He was 59.
”We are filled with sadness at this tragic news,” Red Sox
president Larry Lucchino said in a statement issued by the team
that attributed the death to a heart attack. ”His legion of
friends with the Red Sox and the media will miss him enormously,
and all of Red Sox Nation will remember his presence, his warmth,
and his voice.”
The Worcester District Attorney said that Beane died in an
accident 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. He was pronounced dead at
Harrington Hospital in Southbridge a short time later, according to
a release from D.A. Joseph D. Early Jr.
A longtime fixture in the Red Sox media who provided radio
reports and gathered sound for broadcasters, including The
Associated Press, Beane landed what he called his dream job when he
won a competition for the job announcing the lineups at Fenway Park
after the 2002 season. IN his second season, he announced the home
games of the World Series when the Red Sox won the championship to
end an 86-year title drought.
With his voice familiar throughout New England to the millions
of fans who filled Fenway each year, Beane was also hired to work
as a master of ceremonies, narrate commercials and announce wedding
parties. According to a 2008 interview with Boston Magazine, grooms
would tell Beane they were more nervous to meet him and try on his
World Series ring than they were when reciting their vows.
”When I get that instant response, a feeling washes over me
like, `This is where I should be,”’ Beane told the magazine.
”This is what I know I was put on Earth to do.”
As a tribute to longtime announcer Sherm Feller, one of his
predecessors, Beane used many of the same expressions, including
his opening, ”Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, Welcome to
Fenway Park.” But Beane also considered longtime Yankees announcer
Bob Sheppard a friend and mentor, and the two would share a meal
together whenever Beane traveled to New York for a game.
”No one loved his role with the Red Sox more than Carl did
his,” Lucchino said. ”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.”
The Red Sox were scheduled to complete a road trip on Wednesday
night in Kansas City against the Royals. The team said it would pay
tribute to Beane at Fenway on Thursday night before their game
against the Cleveland Indians.
Carleton Beane was born and raised in Agawam. He graduated from
the Career Academy School of Broadcasting in 1972 and soon after
got his first job broadcasting sports. He has provided updates and
sound for news outlets, including the AP, ESPN and Sirius Satellite
Radio. He also taught sports broadcasting and play-by-play classes
at the Connecticut School of Broadcasting.
Beane’s voice is the first one heard in ”The Baseball
Experience” at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown,
Beane, who was diabetic, has also served as a spokesman for the
American Diabetes Association and a narrator for Talking Books at
the Perkins School for the Blind.
He is survived by his wife, Lorraine; his daughter, Nicole; and
his granddaughters, Maddie and Gena.