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.