Twins PA Announcer Bob Casey Dies
Sun Mar 27, 4:30 PM ET
MINNEAPOLIS - Bob Casey, the only public-address announcer in the history
of the Minnesota Twins died early Sunday, his family said. He was 79.
Casey died at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center, according
to his son, Mike. He had been battling liver cancer and pneumonia.
Casey worked 44 seasons and more than 3,000 games for the Twins.
The team has dedicated the 2005 season to Casey, according to a statement
on its Web site.
"His voice was a trademark of the Minnesota ballpark experience
for multiple generations of Upper Midwest baseball fans," the statement
read. "Bob's unique flare, style and signature player introductions
made him a favorite of fans, players, umpires, the media and staff.
His passion for the game, character and dedication to the Minnesota
Twins franchise made him an icon."
announcing Twins games when the franchise moved to Minnesota from Washington,
D.C., in 1961. He was inducted into the Twins' Hall of Fame in 2003.
Casey, who missed
only a handful of Twins games during his time with the team, was known
for his nasally voice and distinctive delivery. He would introduce star
Kirby Puckett as "Kir-BEEEEEEEEE PUCK-it!" and remind fans
there was "Nooooooooooooo smoking" at the Metrodome.
He also developed
a friendship over the years with New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez,
who spoke with Casey on the phone Saturday.
real emotional," Rodriguez said. "His voice will live on forever.
He's pretty special."
Before the Twins moved to Minnesota, Casey served as the announcer for
the Minneapolis Millers, a Triple-A team in the old American Association,
for 10 years. He also worked for the Minneapolis Lakers and the Minnesota
Vikings during his career.
his wife, Rosemary, and three sons, Mike, Tom and Joe.
Funeral arrangements were pending.