Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of longtime Phillies announcer Andy Musser, who passed away at the age of 74. Andy’s family says he died peacefully in his Wynewood, PA home. Peaceful is exactly how I would describe Andy Musser.
Phillies President David Montgomery issued a statement:
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Andy’s family, especially his wife Eun Joo, his son Allan and his daughter Luanne. Andy was a dear friend to many, an absolute gentleman, and a true professional. I had the pleasure of working with him for 26 years during which time he made a significant contribution to our club. Additionally, along with thousands of Philadelphia sports fans, I admired his versatility in announcing not only Phillies games but also his work with the Eagles, Sixers and Villanova Basketball. Since leaving the Phillies broadcast booth in 2001, Andy remained close to the club. We will all miss our dear friend.”
As I was just becoming a Phillies fan, I recall Andy’s nasal delivery and his gentlemanly style. He was never too high, never too low. He always seemed to me like an odd fit in this town, but he did fit in – for 26 seasons. And to do that in Philadelphia, you must connect with the fans and he did. Musser was smooth and kind, just as Harry Kalas was. He wasn’t in your face and didn’t need to be.
I recall sitting out on the porch, watching my dad cook on the grill, listening to the Phillies on his POS radio plugged into the lamppost. And I recall Andy’s voice. Many of you will remember the same.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. ET on Jan. 31, in the Sanctuary of Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, 625 Montgomery Ave., Bryn Mawr, Pa. 19010. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church Foundation.
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