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Joseph "Joe" Angel is a radio play-by-play announcer for the Baltimore Orioles of Major League Baseball. A native of Bogotá, Colombia, Angel is famous for his proper pronunciation of Latin players' names.
As a teenager, Angel first emigrated with his family to Chicago, before eventually settling in the San Francisco Bay Area. In high school he played baseball and football (teaming with O. J. Simpson on the latter), and after graduating from City College of San Francisco began a career in broadcasting.
In the 1970s Angel broadcast for the San Francisco Giants (1977–78), as well as Stanford University football and University of San Francisco basketball. Stints with the Minnesota Twins (1984–86), Baltimore Orioles (1988–90, 1992) and New York Yankees (1991) followed. In 1993 he left the Orioles to become the Florida Marlins' first radio voice, and was behind the microphone for the Marlins' first world championship in 1997, which was the same year he took over the television broadcast as well -- a position he would hold until 2000. After two years with ESPN (2000–01), Angel returned to the Giants in 2002 (teaming with former Orioles partner Jon Miller); and in 2004 he began a second tenure with the Orioles. In his career, he was also engaged in World Series two times as a broadcaster. He usually does 5 innings of play-by-play on Orioles radio currently as he does the 1st and 2nd innings, the 5th inning, and the 8th and 9th innings and his broadcast partner Fred Manfra, but when occasionally paired with former Oriole pitcher Ben McDonald, he works all nine innings.
Angel lives in El Dorado Hills, CA with his wife Antoinette. He has three grown children: Tony, Natalie and Jonathan.
- Angel would end every Marlins win with "And the Marlins are in: the Wiiiiiiin Column!"
- Today Angel ends Baltimore wins with the same call.
- He also refers to statistics following an Orioles win as the "lovely totals," while following an O's loss says the "not so lovely totals."
- He also has 2 notable home run calls, "Hasta la vista pelota!" as well as "Wave that baby bye-bye (player's name)!"
- His most famous call came in Game 7 of the 1997 World Series as Edgar Rentería singled off of Charles Nagy: "A five-year old child has become king!"
Angel's son, Jonathan, was one of the stars of the teen sitcom Saved by the Bell: The New Class.
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