stunning news came across all media channels: Carl Beane,
59, died after his SUV crashed against a stone wall and a
tree in Sturbridge, Massachusetts.
announcer in the Boston area for many years, the affable
Beane drove a Suzuki whose rear tire cover showcased his
name. Police determined that it was a single-car accident
and that his vehicle, heading north, crossed the double
solid lines, left the road and hit a tree and a wall. No
passengers were in Beane’s vehicle. No other automobiles
were involved in the crash.
Talented, honed in to his craft, a pleasing personality,
Carl Beane will be missed by those who knew him and the
millions who listened to his voice at Fenway Park.
to know Carl Beane just a little bit while I interviewed for
my book Remembering Fenway Park: An Oral and Narrative
History of the Home of Red Sox Nation. Humble and
knowledgable about all things Boston sports, the public
address announcer par excellence was just a pleasure to
memories and perceptions added very much to my book. What
follows is just a taste of the late Carl Beane:
BEANE: The first time I went to Fenway was in 1957. We
lived in Western Mass., and my dad didn’t drive, so we took
the bus. We’d eat lunch in Bickford's and then we would walk
about two miles from the bus station to Fenway. My dad was
always able to get seats in section 18, right between home
and first; we'd have a clear view of everything. He had been
following the Red Sox since 1933 when he was about nine
years old, the year Thomas Yawkey bought the ball club.
BEANE: Opening Day 2003 was my first day as public address
announcer. I couldn’t wait. All I got to say was “Ladies and
gentlemen, boys and girls, may I have your attention please?
If your car is parked on Lansdowne Street you have 10
minutes to move it or it will be towed.”
was my first announcement. I got booed.
told the crowd the game was postponed because of rain, I got
booed even more.
always been a big fan of Sherm Feller. His style wasn’t “Big
Me.” It was just do the information in a regular sedate
voice. He absolutely mentored me.
opening announcement at Fenway begins: “Good afternoon
ladies and gentleman, boys and girls. Welcome to Fenway
is what Sherm always said. At the end of every announcement,
I'll add “Thank you.” Sherm did that, too. I sit in Sherm
Feller’s seat in more ways than I can say.
April 11, 2007, Dice-K was at the ready for his first Fenway
Park start. Every single seat was filled before the first
pitch. The attendance was 36,630.
BEANE: The game was live in Japan both on radio and on TV
and there was a national Japanese media contingent at the
ballpark, 170 members. I announced him in Japanese: "Now
welcome to Boston, number 18, Daisuke Matsuzaka.”
looked up. I could tell that he was very happy.