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,

N.Y.

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.