The city of Boston is in mourning today after hearing the horrible news that Carl Beane, the voice of Fenway Park since 2003, was killed in a car crash. He was 59.
According a report by ESPN, Beane was pronounced dead at Harrington Hospital in Southbridge a short time after crashing his 2004 Suzuki SUV early Wednesday afternoon.
Authorities say he was traveling north, crossed the double solid lines, left the road and hit a tree and a wall. There were no passengers in his vehicle and no other vehicles were involved in the crash.
Golfers from nearby Hemlock Ridge Golf Course called police at 12:39pm to alert them of the accident.
“We are filled with sadness at this tragic news,” Red Sox president Larry Lucchino said in a statement. “His legion of friends with the Red Sox and media will miss him enormously, and all of Red Sox Nation will remember his presence, his warmth and his voice.”
Red Sox DH David Ortiz also offered his condolences to the late P.A. announcers family via Twitter:
“My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Carl Beane,” Ortiz tweeted. “Stepping up to the plate at Fenway won’t be the same.”
CBS Sports writes that prior to his P.A. job at Fenway, Beane had multiple sports radio broad casting gigs, working for the AP, ESPN and Sirius Satellite Radio. He also taught sports broadcasting and play-by-play classes at the Connecticut School of Broadcasting.
The Red Sox will pay tribute to Beane on Thursday at Fenway before the 7:10pm game against the Cleveland Indians.
Mr. Beane is survived by his wife, Lorraine; his daughter, Nicole; and his granddaughters, Maddie and Gena.
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