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BREAKING NEWS: Red Sox announcer dies in one-car crash

Carl Beane. (click for larger version)
May 09, 2012
STURBRIDGE — A 59-year-old Holland man died in a one-car crash on Holland Road Wednesday afternoon, according to Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.

Carleton Beane, the public address announcer at Fenway Park, was pronounced dead at Harrington Hospital in Southbridge a short time after the crash. Golfers from nearby Hemlock Ridge Golf Course called police at 12:39 p.m. to alert them to the crash.

A preliminary investigation showed that Mr. Beane's 2004 Suzuki was traveling northbound on Holland Road, crossed double solid lines, left the road and hit a tree and a wall at 233 Holland Road. There were no passengers in the car and no other vehicles involved.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has accepted the case. The crash remains under investigation by the Worcester County district attorney's office, the Central Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council and Sturbridge police.

UPDATE: The Boston Red Sox issued the following press release a little after 7 p.m. Wednesday:

The Boston Red Sox today lost a member of their family, Public Address Announcer Carl Beane, who died after suffering a heart attack while driving his car in Sturbridge, MA. Beane, 59, had been the "Voice of Fenway Park" since the start of the 2003 season.

The veteran Boston sports reporter began his work at Fenway Park Opening Day, 2003, after winning a competition held after the 2002 season.

"We are filled with sadness at this tragic news," said Red Sox President/CEO Larry Lucchino. "No one loved his role with the Red Sox more than Carl did his. 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. 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.

"On behalf of John Henry, Tom Werner, our partners, and our entire organization, we extend our deepest sympathies to his wife, Lorraine; his daughter, Nicole; and his granddaughters, Maddie and Gena."

His is the lead-off voice in "The Baseball Experience" at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, NY.

Even before he began his role with the Red Sox, he was the manager of the Boston media baseball game versus the New York media, a game held twice each year, once at Fenway Park and once at Yankee Stadium.

Beane was born and raised in Agawam, MA. He graduated from Agawam High School in 1971 and the Career Academy School of Broadcasting in 1972, when he began his broadcasting career at WMAS in Springfield.

He provided national updates for ESPN Radio, Sirius Satellite Radio, Westwood One, Associated Press, and MetroNetworks, and also worked for WBZ Radio in Boston, WBRK in Pittsfield (1974-76), WARE in Ware (1976-94), and WESO in Southbridge (1994-98).

He taught sports broadcasting and play-by-play classes at the Connecticut School of Broadcasting in Needham, MA. He has also been a national spokesman for The American Diabetes Association, and served as a narrator for Talking Books at the Perkins School for the Blind.

The Red Sox will pay tribute to him in pre-game ceremonies tomorrow before their 7:10 p.m. home game versus the Cleveland Indians.

His family asks that contributions in his memory be donated to the Holland Congregational Church Building Fund (11 Sturbridge Road, Holland, MA 01521) and the American Diabetes Association (via www.diabetes.org).

Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

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