Carl Beane, the “voice of Fenway Park,” passed away today at the age of 59. The public address announcer for Red Sox home games since 2003, he suffered an apparent heart attack as he was driving through Sturbridge, Massachusetts this afternoon, which resulted in his vehicle leaving the road and crashing into a tree. Born and raised in Agawam, Massachusetts, he was a local radio announcer for many years, including at WBZ, before he took over from former PA announcer Ed Brickley after beating out several other applicants for the position.
27 January 1994 – Sherm Feller, who had served as Fenway Park’s public address announcer since the magical 1967 Impossible Dream season, dies of a heart attack one day after the Red Sox hire Dan Duquette to replace Lou Gorman as general manager. Feller was best known for his trademark statement made before the start of every Red Sox home game: “Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls… welcome to Fenway Park.” Prior to his stint as the voice of the Red Sox, Feller was a well-known area disc jockey on WEEI, host of the popular Club Midnight, and was privileged to acquaint himself with many mid-twentieth century artists and performers, including the likes of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Tommy Dorsey, and other well-known entertainers. He also wrote several songs, including the Top-40 hit “Summertime, Summertime” and “She Was Five And He Was Ten” (sung by then-wife Judy Valentine). However, it was in his role as Red Sox announcer that Feller became a Boston legend, well-liked not only by the club that he served but the people who came to Fenway Park every season for the 26 years that he served in that position. Even today, his voice and that trademark statement can still be heard before every Red Sox game broadcast on the New England Sports Network.