Rory Markas at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 7, 2004
December 20, 1955|
Hollywood, California, U.S.
|Died||January 4, 2010
Palmdale, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Radio and television broadcaster|
Rory Markas (December 20, 1955 – January 4, 2010) was an American sportscaster best known as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim's play-by-play broadcaster for eight seasons, and as the radio voice of the University of Southern California men's basketball team for 11 seasons. He also worked as a field reporter and part-time sports anchor for KTTV.
Born in Chatsworth, California, Markas was a graduate of Los Angeles Valley College, California State University-Northridge, and Chatsworth High School. He won four Golden Mike Awards, two Associated Press Sportscasting Awards, and the 2008 Radio Play-by-Play Award from the Southern California Broadcasters Association.
Markas previously worked for KTUC in Tucson, CBS' KNX-AM and KCBS-TV, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Milwaukee Brewers, Fox Sports Net West, and the Pacific Coast League's Salt Lake City Gulls and Vancouver Canadians. He was also the lead announcer for RollerJam from its second season to its last. Most recently, and possibly his final effort, was the recording of the play-by-play segments for the upcoming motion picture "The Yankles". Rory Markas' voice is the first and last voice heard in the movie.
Health issues and death
In late 2008, Markas underwent surgery to remove a blood clot in his brain, which sidelined him for about six weeks. Steve Physioc, his Angels partner, filled in for Rory on several USC basketball games.
Many obituaries noted that Markas would be remembered for his signature "Just another Halo victory!" call after Angel wins, and for his call of the final play of the 2002 World Series at Angel Stadium. He was also known for his interviewing skills; for example his Angels radio pre-game talks with Yankees' PA announcer Bob Sheppard and former Negro Leagues player Buck O'Neill.
- DiGiovanna, Mike (January 6, 2010). "Rory Markas dies at 54; Angels announcer called World Series win". latimes.com. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
- Pucin, Diane (November 24, 2009). "Rex Hudler, Steve Physioc no longer Angels broadcasters". latimesblogs.latimes.com (Los Angeles Times). Retrieved 6 January 2010.
- "In Memoriam: Rory Markas, 54". uscnews.usc.edu. University of Southern California. January 5, 2010. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
- Spencer, Lyle. "Angels broadcaster Markas passes". losangeles.angels.mlb.com. MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved 7 January 2010.
- Rory Markas at Find a Grave
- Rory Markas at the Internet Movie Database
- Markas' biography on AngelsBaseball.com
- News coverage of Markas' death from FOX11 KTTV
- Markas' obituary on KLAA-AM830 website
- Highlights of Markas baseball calls
- Tribute from Keith Olbermann on MSNBC on YouTube
- Tribute from Lyle Spencer of mlb.com
- Rory Markas and The Yankles