The death of Carl Beane last May brought on a year’s worth of guest public-address announcers at Fenway Park. The Red Sox didn’t want to name a successor so soon after his death, so for much of the season, they allowed about 50 people to sit in Beane’s seat and announce players as they came to the plate.
The PA announcer is part of the rhythm, part of the presentation at the ballpark. Who can forget Sherm Feller, the former vaudeville entertainer and radio disc jockey whose unique style was a staple at Fenway for so long? He truly captured the ambiance of the ballpark and became a fabric of the game presentation.