Carl Beane, the man known to dedicated baseball fans as “The Voice of Fenway Park,” died on Wednesday in a car crash crash after suffering a heart attack in Sturbridge, Massachusetts.
Beane, 59, started his sports broadcasting career in 1972 at WMAS radio station in Springfield. He became the Fenway PA announcer in 2003 after winning a competition, according to a statement from the Boston Red Sox.
On his official website, Beane touted the fact that he had announced the first two games of the 2004 World Series and witnessed the Red Sox claim their first Major League Baseball championship in 86 years.
Baseball fans also hear Carl Bean’s voice as the lead-in of “The Baseball Experience,” a multimedia presentation at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
“(Carl) adored the opportunity … to contribute to the culture of Fenway Park, a place he loved passionately,” Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino said in the statement.
Beane was driving his 2004 Suzuki when he suffered a heart attack, causing him to lose control of his vehicle. He then collided with a tree and a wall, according to local authorities.
No one else was in the car and no other vehicles were involved in the crash.
Beane was pronounced dead at Harrington Hospital in Southbridge shortly after the accident.
“No one loved his role with the Red Sox more than Carl did his,” Lucchino said.
The Red Sox will hold a tribute to Carl Beane at Fenway Park on Thursday before the team’s against the Cleveland Indians.
“All of Red Sox nation will remember his presence, his warmth, and his voice,” Lucchino said.
Beane’s daughter commented on a video of her father on YouTube, saying:
“RIP Daddy! I love you!!!! To Red Sox Nation you were ‘The Voice’ but to me you were DAD! I am so very proud of you and will be forever!” – NicoleBeane444