STURBRIDGE, Mass. — Carl Beane, whose voice was known to Red Sox nation as the Fenway Park public address announcer, died this afternoon in a single-car crash in Sturbridge.
Beane, 59, was the man behind the microphone at Fenway Park since 2003.
In his second year, he announced the first two games of the World Series and went on to see the Sox become champions for the first time in 86 years, according to New England Cable Network.
Beane again had the honor of announcing games during the 2007 World Series.
According to his website, Beane's voice can be heard in "the baseball experience" at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Beane was born and raised in Agawam, Mass.
He started his career in sports radio broadcasting in 1972.
Beane told NECN in 2005 he had always wanted to be a ballplayer but he settled for the next best thing: calling out the players names in front of the Fenway faithful.
According to a press release, Carl Beane was pronounced dead at Harrington Hospital in Southbridge a short time after the crash.
Golfers from nearby Hemlock Ridge Golf Course called police around 12:40 to alert them to the crash.
The Worcester District Attorney confirmed that Beane died in an accident after his car 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 was hired to announce the lineups and other information at Fenway Park in 2003. The next year, 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."
The Red Sox, who had a game against the Royals in Kansas City tonight, did not immediately respond to a request for reaction. The team is scheduled to play at Fenway Park on Thursday night against the Cleveland Indians.
Born and raised in Agawam, Beane 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.
(Reports from The Assocated Press and NECN).