Angels broadcaster Rory Markas dies at 54

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Angels broadcaster Rory Markas dies at 54

By GREG BEACHAM
AP Sports Writer

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Rory Markas, a play-by-play sportscaster
who spent the past eight seasons with the Los Angeles Angels,
has died. He was 54.

Markas was found dead at his home in Palmdale on Monday and the
cause of death was not immediately available, Angels spokesman
Tim Mead said Tuesday. Markas had surgery for a blood clot on
his brain in late 2008.

He also was the voice of the USC men’s basketball team and a
reporter and sportscaster for KTTV-TV in Los Angeles. USC also
had no details on his death.

Markas called Angels games on both television and radio, and was
best known for celebrating the club’s wins with his signature
line: “Just another Halo victory!” Last month, Markas was named
the Angels’ lead television broadcaster for the upcoming season.

Markas was in his 12th season as the radio play-by-play voice of
USC, most recently calling the Trojans’ victory over Arizona
State on Saturday night.

“We held him and the outstanding broadcasting work he did for us
in the highest regard,” USC athletic director Mike Garrett said.
“He was a consummate professional and a well-loved individual.
He’ll be a very difficult person to replace. We want to extend
our support and condolences to his family.”

After a busy, varied broadcasting career that included a
four-season stint with the Los Angeles Clippers in the 1990s,
Markas joined the Angels just in time for their run to their
only championship. Many remember his call to end Game 7 of the
2002 World Series when outfielder Darin Erstad circled under the
San Francisco Giants’ final fly ball: “Erstad says he’s got it!
Erstad makes the catch! The Anaheim Angels are the champions of
baseball!”

Markas also worked for the Milwaukee Brewers for parts of 11
seasons and spent six years calling Pacific Coast League
baseball. The San Fernando Valley native also had been a sports
reporter for KNX Radio, and appeared on television with KCBS and
Prime Ticket in Los Angeles.

“Rory was one of the great professionals in the business,” said
Jim Hefner, the color analyst on USC basketball broadcasts. “But
more importantly, he was one of the nicest, kindest people I’ve
ever been around. I’m sure that everyone who worked with him
will truly miss him. He was one-of-a-kind.”

Markas was honored with two Associated Press Sportscasting
awards and received the 2008 Radio Play-by-Play Award from the
Southern California Sports Broadcasters Association.

Markas is survived by his mother, Billie, and brothers Gary and
Troy.

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