- Joe McDonald, ESPN Staff Writer
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BOSTON -- The unforgettable voice of Carl Beane was the public address announcer at Fenway Park from 2003 until his death in May 2012.
Beane was behind the mic for the 2004 and 2007 World Series champion seasons. The Red Sox are one victory shy of winning the 2013 Fall Classic, and if they do win either Game 6 or Game 7 it will be Henry Mahegan whose voice is heard at Fenway.
Mahegan, 32, a history and civics teacher for grades 11 and 12 at Charlestown High School, has shared time this season with Bob Lobel and Dick Flavin as the PA man at Fenway. Now, as the Red Sox are on the verge of winning their first World Series at Fenway Park since 1918, Mahegan gets the call.
“It’s a little terrifying, but it’s also just crazy the way this year has gone,” Mahegan said. “From trying out over the course of the winter to the events in April to today, just the whole year has been crazy. But I couldn’t be happier to be here.”
During Beane’s tenure as the voice of Fenway Park, Mahegan was his backup because of his deep and thick voice. But he was never needed because Beane never missed a game until he passed away of a heart attack on May 9, 2012.
For the remainder of that season, the Red Sox had many different announcers behind the mic, including Mahegan and ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes. Last winter Mahegan was named as one of the three voices for the 2013 season.
Mahegan is no stranger to the Red Sox organization as he previously worked in the communications department before leaving to become a teacher.
“When I first started, I told everyone from the beginning that I know only one way this is supposed to sound and that is to sound like Carl,” Mahegan said. “I grew up a Red Sox fan my whole life, but the voice I remember the most is Carl’s. Working here and just coming to games, he’s the only voice I associate with it, so to follow in something of this magnitude is really an honor. I wasn’t best friends with Carl but knowing him a little bit makes it all the more meaningful.”
During the course of the regular season, his students didn’t understand the exact role Mahegan served at Fenway. It’s no secret now.
“Since the playoffs have begun, they’re totally into it. This girl came into my room the other day and says, ‘Mr. Mahegan, do you know students are tweeting about you?” I was terrified to look up what they were tweeting. She was like, ‘You’re like famous around this school. Kids are tweeting about you.’
“But since the playoffs they’ve become really excited about it, so it’s good. I was always kind of surprised how little reaction there was among the kids, but now that we’re in the playoffs there’s a lot more excitement.”
Somewhere, Beane is listening and enjoying the sounds.