Hall of Fame baseball announcer Felo Ramírez passed away on Monday. He was 94. Beginning his radio broadcasting career in Cuba in 1945, Ramírez went on to become the Spanish-language broadcaster for the Miami Marlins in 1993. As noted by the Denver Post, Felo Ramírez gained a lot of love and admiration from Latino baseball fans who listened to his broadcasts over the years.
After hearing the heartbreaking news about Felo Ramírez, the Miami Marlins organization released this statement:
Statement from the Miami Marlins organization regarding our beloved Felo: pic.twitter.com/ID4WO30o72
— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) August 22, 2017
“The entire Marlins organization is deeply saddened by the loss of a great friend, Hall-of-Fame broadcaster and community icon, Felo Ramirez.
Since our inaugural season, he brought home practically every magical moment in franchise history to generations of fans. A true broadcast legend, Felo lent his voice to over 30 World Series and All-Star Games and his extensive contributions to our game will never be forgotten.”
Over 30 World Series!! That’s amazing.
Players from other MLB teams also expressed their sorrow at the loss of a legend.
— Hanley Ramirez ⚾️ (@HanleyRamirez) August 22, 2017
The news of Ramírez’s death hit hard among the people who grew up listening to him on the radio.
The laughter has stopped. Felo Ramirez has died. He was the voice of baseball to so many Cubans, my beloved Abuelo included. My heart hurts. https://t.co/flRBpy12TS
— Christy Chirinos (@ChristyChirinos) August 22, 2017
You can really tell how much of an icon he was in the Latino community.
Fans will never forget his charismatic personality, his distinctive voice, and his signature phrases, such as “ESSSSTRIKE!”
Felo Ramirez had a voice I will never forget. Marlins games with Abuela meant the TV was muted and Felo was calling the action. #RIPFelo
— Daniel Denis (@pikedanny) August 22, 2017
Felo Ramírez created a bond amongst families like no other, and he probably didn’t even know it.
There will never be another baseball broadcaster like Felo Ramírez.
R.I.P. Felo Ramirez ? hearing the Marlins on Spanish radio will never be the same!
— Erika (@Erika__Carolina) August 22, 2017
Rest in peace Felo Ramírez. May your legendary voice and uplifting vibes continue to live on.
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