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The Phillies family and fanbase received some sad news today. Former Phillies broadcaster Andy Musser died on Sunday at his home in Wynnewood, PA. Musser was 74 years old.Phillies Broadcasters Photo: philliesbunts.blogspot.com

Musser came to the Phillies after By Saam’s retirement in 1976 and stayed there until 2001. Although Musser was overshadowed by the legendary duo of Harry Kalas and Richie Ashburn, his broadcasting career featured some remarkable moments. Musser was not just limited to the Phillies. He broadcasted games for the 76ers (including their championship season of 1966-67), Eagles, as well as several Super Bowls, Masters Tournaments, and two World Series during a 45-year career.  

“Andy was a very good friend,” recalls Phillies Manager of Broadcasting Rob Brooks, who first met Musser in April of 1993. “When I met him I was a producer-engineer for Phillies baseball. Andy was kind and gracious to anyone he had ever met. He was like that every day of his life until the day he died. He was a great, great soul.”

Having met Musser several times during his tenure with the Phillies, I absolutely agree with the above sentiments. Just like Harry and Whitey, another piece of our childhood and early adulthood is now gone. Unfortunately, Musser’s greatest Phillies call, Mike Schmidt’s NL East Division clinching two-run homer of the Expos’ Stan Bahnsen in 1980 (“He buried it. He buried it.”) was not available, but we figured we’d give you the next best thing: his call of Schmidt’s 500th home run.

You will be missed, Andy. Thanks for the memories.

Memorial services for Musser will be held at 11 a.m. ET on Jan. 31, in the Sanctuary of Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, 625 Montgomery Ave., Bryn Mawr, Pa. 19010. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church Foundation.

Contact Joe Vallee at  jvallee@philly2philly.com                                                                                               

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