The Oakland A’s lost their voice. Dick Callahan, the public address announcer at the Oakland Coliseum, died Friday morning, the team announced.
Callahan lent his booming voice to A’s games over 15 seasons, starting in 2007. He succeeded Roy Steele — otherwise known as the “Voice of God” — after his retirement. Steele died in May at age 87.
“We have lost a beloved member of our family who was a great friend to all that knew him,” the A’s said in a statement. “His passion and love for the A’s was like no other and his impact will never be forgotten. We extend our condolences to Dick’s family and friends during this time.”
Callahan’s voice rang over 1,000 games at the Coliseum. He stayed clear of the Coliseum for the short 2020 season due to a health scare he feared risking due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Callahan also spent nearly two decades as the PA announcer for the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena, leaving his post in 2000.