Felo Ramírez

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Felo Ramírez
Born Rafael Ramírez Arias
(1923-06-22)22 June 1923
Bayamo, Cuba
Died 21 August 2017(2017-08-21) (aged 94)
Miami, Florida
Nationality Cuban
Occupation Baseball play-by-play announcer
Years active 1945–2017
Employer Miami Marlins

Rafael "Felo" Ramírez (22 June 1923 – 21 August 2017)[1] was a Cuban-American Spanish language sports announcer, most notably for the Miami Marlins.

Born in Bayamo, Cuba, Ramirez was also a boxing expert, having broadcast fights for Latin American radio and television audiences since 1949 along with other Spanish-language broadcasters such as Buck Canel and, Pancho Pepe Cróquer when the Gillette Cavalcade of Sports, aired through NBC Red Network, extended their Spanish programming activities to Latin American countries, where it was known as the Cabalgata Deportiva Gillette.[2]

Career[edit]

Ramirez called more than 40 Caribbean World Series.[3] He served as a broadcaster for nine years in his native Cuba, before leaving for Venezuela, Puerto Rico, and Mexico. From 1993 until April 2017, he was the Spanish radio announcer for the Miami Marlins.[4] He called many baseball moments in his career, including Don Larsen's perfect game, Roberto Clemente's 3,000th Major League hit, and Hank Aaron's 715th home run.[5]

As a Marlins broadcaster, Ramirez called both the 1997[6] and 2003 World Series.[7] He has also called numerous boxing matches, including many involving Muhammad Ali.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Ramírez was born in Bayamo, Cuba, and is commonly known as "El Orgullo de Bayamo" ("The Pride of Bayamo") by many fans and colleagues.[9] A longtime resident of Puerto Rico, he was inducted in the Puerto Rican Sports Hall of Fame and has been honored by the local legislature.[9]

Death[edit]

Ramirez was hospitalized after a fall in April 2017.[10] He died on August 21, 2017, at the age of 94.[11]

Awards and honors[edit]

In 2001, Ramirez received the Ford C. Frick Award from the National Baseball Hall of Fame. His speech, delivered entirely in his native Spanish, was translated by Jaime Jarrin.[5] In 2003, he was inducted into the Caribbean Baseball Hall of Fame.[12]

In 2012, Ramirez received a recognition in Valencia, Venezuela. The Magallanes organization honored his career of more than 60 years as a sports play by play announcer.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "El legendario narrador de béisbol Rafael "Felo Ramírez cumplió 90 años". El Huevo Herald (in Spanish). 23 June 2013. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  2. ^ https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/08/24/sports/baseball/felo-ramirez-dead-voice-of-baseball-in-latin-america.html?referer=https://www.google.com/
  3. ^ "Felo Ramírez - BR Bullpen". Baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 22 August 2017. 
  4. ^ http://baseballhall.org/discover/felo-ramirez-passes-away-at-94
  5. ^ a b "His calling: Broadcast legend and Frick Award winner Felo Ramirez saw it all". Retrieved 22 August 2017. 
  6. ^ "Spanish Broadcast Is Heard In Cuba". Articles.sun-sentinel.com. Retrieved 22 August 2017. 
  7. ^ http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/mlb/miami-marlins/article121231678.html
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-11-10. Retrieved 2016-11-10. 
  9. ^ a b Alvarez-Galloso, Roberto. "A Tribute To Felo Ramirez". Retrieved 22 August 2017. 
  10. ^ "Marlins baseball broadcaster Felo Ramirez hospitalized after fall". Retrieved 22 August 2017. 
  11. ^ "Legendary broadcaster 'Felo' Ramirez, 94, dies". Retrieved 22 August 2017. 
  12. ^ "Caribbean Baseball Hall of Fame - BR Bullpen". www.baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 22 August 2017. 

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