Miami Marlins: Felo Ramirez passes away at 94
The Miami Marlins mourn the loss of a titan of industry on Tuesday. Spanish broadcaster Felo Ramirez passed away at 94-years old.
The Miami Marlins are in Philadelphia for the start of a four-game road trip against the Philadelphia Phillies. They’ll play with heavy hearts. Early on Tuesday morning, they got news that legendary broadcaster Felo Ramirez had passed away late the night before.
Ramirez passed from injuries that were sustained getting off the team bus in Philadelphia on April 26th. The game had been rained out the day before. He spent two months in a Delaware hospital before being transported back to Miami.
The entire Miami Marlins family is deeply saddened by the passing of Felo Ramirez. The team issued a statement early on Tuesday.
Ramirez called Spanish-language games for the team since their inaugural season in 1993. A staple of the baseball community, he’d called over 32 World Series, and over 40 Caribbean World Series. In the offseason, he would call games in other countries.
A man who dedicated his life to the game of baseball, mourned greatly by the game of baseball on the day of his passing.
Ramirez was born in Cuba in 1923. At his Ford C. Frick award acceptance speech, he said it was always his passion to call baseball games. He first began to practice his passion calling baseball games and boxing matches while still living in Cuba.
It would be the beginning of what would become a career that would span decades, and some of baseballs greatest era’s.
Photo’s with Felo and Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, and a young Vin Scully have the allure of something you’d see in Hollywood, “only with Felo, it’s real”, says Marlins broadcaster Rich Waltz to the Miami Herald.
Enshrined in Cooperstown since 2001, Felo will live on with the giants of the sport forever.
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Felo lived a long, prosperous life and got to do what he loved. It’s only natural to be saddened by the loss of someone beloved, which Felo undoubtedly was. But this is a time to celebrate what an amazing life he lived.
There is no doubt he was cherished by all and will be remembered fondly by all of those that got to meet him. He set the bar very high for anyone, regardless of what language they speak, who wants to make their living calling baseball games.
Congratulations on a life well-lived, Felo. You will be missed.