Warner Fusselle, who broadcasted nearly every Brooklyn Cyclones game since the team's inception in 2001, died of an apparent heart attack on Sunday.
Fusselle was 68. He died one week before the team's 12th opening day.
"We are deeply saddened by the news of Warner’s passing," Cyclones General Manager Steve Cohen said in a statement. "There is no one who knew more – or cared more – about baseball in Brooklyn than Warner. His distinctive voice, knowledge and endless passion for the game enriched Brooklyn Cyclones baseball for our players, staff, and fans from day one and his presence will be sorely missed."
In recent weeks, he also called televised St. John's baseball games, which aired on CBS Sports Network.
He also called Seton Hall Pirates basketball during his career in the New York metropolitan area.
But it was his work as the voice of "This Week in Baseball" that gave him national recognition.
Raised in Gainsville, Georgia, Fusselle served in Korea during the Vietnam War.
He is survived by one sister, Alicia Ruth Fusselle, and two nephews he considered his own, Max Thomas Hyde, Jr. and Warner Fusselle Hyde.
We have embedded an interview posted on YouTube with Fusselle and other broadcasting greats. Any baseball fan - especially one from New York - will enjoy it.