Sunday, April 1, 2007

A voice gone: Herb Carneal, 83, dies

Twins radio broadcaster Herb Carneal died Sunday morning at his home in Minnetonka because of congestive heart failure, the team said today.

"This is a sad day for the Minnesota Twins organization and millions of baseball fans across the Upper Midwest," Twins president Dave St. Peter said. "Herb Carneal's voice was the signature element of Twins baseball for multiple generations of fans.

"Clearly, he was one of the most beloved figures in Minnesota sports history. The Twins will proudly dedicate the 2007 season to the memory of Herb Carneal."

Carneal, a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, started calling Twins games in 1962, the team's second season in Minnesota. Since 1998, he had been calling only home games.


Linda said...

His voice will be missed by all the "true" Minnesota Twins fans. It is sad when an "icon" passes on. Linda

Steve said...

Today is April 1, 2007. The "VOICE" of the TWINS Herb Carneal died today in Minnetonka Minnesota. Apparently this is no April Fools joke.

When I was growing up his was the voice I always associated with the TWINS. There was Halsey Hall, Ray Scott and Herb in the beginning. Herb was with Merle Harmon for a couple seasons I think and then he teamed up with Frank Quilici for a few years. Joe Angel and Herb did some games together and then John Gordon and Herb were partners starting in 1987.

Gordo is the big voice now and I know it's a TWINS game when I hear him but he's never been a favorite of mine. He's very personable but talks too much. He's informational but loses his train of thought. He's funny but sometimes tries too hard to be funny.

Herb had the laid back approach to broadcasting much like the great Vin Scully of the Dodgers. Herb called the game but let the crowd really complete the picture. Herb told you just enough and let you "see" the rest in your mind. It was like having a good friend next to you just talking about the game as it went on. "That's the old high heater" I would hear him say occasionally.
"Hi everyone" was the standard opening. He always had a smile on his face that you could hear in his voice. This man really loved the game of baseball. He had stories upon stories upon stories to tell and I hope they will all become available to those less fortunate not to have heard him.

When the TWINS won the ALCS against the Tigers in 1987 I remember him saying in his relaxed style and slight Virginia accent, "The Minnesota Twins have won the American League Pennant, how do like the sound of that?"

I liked it just fine Herb but I'll miss you saying it the next time it happens.