Phillies broadcaster Andy Musser dies

Updated: January 24, 2012, 1:57 AM ET
Associated Press

WYNNEWOOD, Pa. -- Andy Musser, a sports announcer for 45 years and a Philadelphia Phillies broadcaster for a quarter-century, has died. He was 74.

Musser's son, Allan, of Roswell, Ga., said his father died Sunday evening at his home in Wynnewood in suburban Philadelphia.

"Andy was a dear friend to many, an absolute gentleman, and a true professional," Phillies president David Montgomery said in a statement. "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."

Musser retired in 2001 after 25 years with the Phillies, working throughout his tenure beside Harry Kalas. Musser missed only two games for health reasons when laryngitis kept him out of the broadcast booth. He also covered the World Series, Eagles and 76ers games, and Big Five basketball.

"Andy was my first TV partner, and he taught me the TV business," 76ers coach Doug Collins said. "There was no better pro than him, and we're all going to miss him."

Musser is also survived by his wife of 50 years, Eun Joo, and his daughter, Luanne Zimmerman of Lower Gwynedd, Pa.


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