There will be an unusual silence Thursday night at Fenway Park when the Red Sox play host to the Indians. The ballpark's microphone will be off to honor public-address announcer Carl Beane, who died Wednesday.
Beane, better known as the "Voice of Fenway Park," died after suffering a heart attack and crashing his car while driving in Sturbridge, Mass. He was 59.
A dream job for Beane, he took the reins on the Red Sox public-address system in 2003. He had grown up idolizing the late Fenway Park announcer Sherm Feller, who held that role from 1967-93.
Beane wore a number of hats in the baseball community throughout his career, most recently serving as the master of ceremonies when the Red Sox held their 100-year anniversary celebration at Fenway on April 20. He also provided national updates for ESPN Radio, Sirius Satellite Radio, Westwood One, The Associated Press and MetroNetworks, and previously worked for WBZ Radio in Boston, WBRK in Pittsfield (1974-76), WARE in Ware (1976-94), and WESO in Southbridge (1994-98), all in Massachusetts.
The last game Beane worked at Fenway was Boston's 17-inning loss to the Orioles on Sunday.
The walk to the plate for players like David Ortiz -- who joined the Red Sox the same year as Beane -- will be different on Thursday.
"He was something we all got used to," Ortiz said before Wednesday's game in Kansas City. "I've been here 10 years and I don't remember hearing any other voice but his calling my name when I go to hit."
Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @paul_casella. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.