Being a major league baseball announcer has to rank as one of the all-time great jobs -- so great, in fact, that so many of the great announcers never retire from it. They keep on calling games until their dying last breath.
Sadly, we have seen way too many recent deaths of incumbent major league announcers (Harry Kalas, Skip Caray, Bill King, Tom Cheek etc.), but this latest one has to rank as probably the most shocking. Angels play by play voice Rory Markas, who actually called the play-by-play for Pacific Coast League games with the Vancouver Canadians back in the Eighties, was still so young at age 54.
Markas died a few days ago. Here is what Ken Levine, himself a major-league broadcaster, had to say about it on his blog. As well, former LA sportscaster Keith Olbermann had this emotional tribute to Markas on MSNBC.