Rafael “Felo” Ramirez, Hall of Fame Spanish-language radio voice of the Miami Marlins, died Monday night in Miami. He was 94-years-old.
Ramirez had been hospitalized since late April, when he fell and struck his head getting off the team bus in Philadelphia.
He spent nearly two months in a Delaware hospital before being transported to Miami in June. But Ramirez, who began his broadcasting career in Cuba calling baseball games and boxing matches back in 1945, eventually succumbed to his injuries.
Ramirez began his professional radio career in Havana in 1945 before moving on to call games for teams in Puerto Rico and Venezuela. He also called many boxing fights including those of Muhammad Ali.
Ramirez had been the Marlins’ Spanish-language radio voice since 1993, the team’s first season, and a broadcaster for seven decades, including 32 World Series and 40 Caribbean World Series.
He called the Marlins’ first five no-hitters and both of its World Series titles in 1997 and 2003.
"Since our inaugural season, he brought home practically every magical moment in franchise history to generations of fans," the Miami Marlins said in a statement released Tuesday. "A true broadcast legend, Felo lent his voice to over 30 World Series and All-Star Games and his extensive contributions to our game will never be forgotten."