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“His expertise as a significant league All-Star pitcher, his wry sense of clubhouse humor, his love of baseball and his ardour for the White Sox mixed to make White Sox radio broadcasts the sound of summer season for tens of millions of followers. Ed grew up a Sox fan on the south facet of Chicago and his allegiance confirmed each single night time on the radio as he welcomed his ‘mates’ to the published. I’m actually devastated by the lack of my pal,” White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf mentioned in a press release.
Farmer began as a part-time broadcaster for the White Sox in 1991, and had been the group’s full-time radio voice 1992, first as a shade commentator alongside play-by-play man John Rooney, after which as play-by-play man since 2006 alongside analysts Chris Singleton, Steve Stone, and most just lately Darrin Jackson.
“My coronary heart is damaged, however my thoughts is at peace figuring out my pricey pal is now not struggling. Ed was a competitor who additionally was everybody’s greatest pal. I noticed first-hand how exhausting Ed fought each day and season after season to maintain himself wholesome and ready to broadcast White Sox baseball. I first received to know Ed throughout my time in Chicago as a participant and am honored to have been his pal and radio associate. My coronary heart goes out to Barbara and Shanda, the one individuals he cherished greater than the White Sox and his hometown of Chicago,” Jackson mentioned in a press release.
An All-Star pitcher for his hometown White Sox in 1980, Farmer performed 2 1/2 of his 11 seasons in Chicago. He additionally pitched for the Indians, Tigers, Phillies, Orioles, Brewers, Rangers, and Athletics.
A local of Evergreen Park, Farmer went to St. Rita Excessive Faculty in Chicago, and was drafted by the Indians in 1967.
He missed a number of video games final season resulting from poor well being. He battled polycystic kidney illness, and had a kidney transplant in 1991, turning into an outspoken advocate for organ donation.
“We have now misplaced a rare individual with the passing of Chicago White Sox radio announcer Ed Farmer, and I’ve misplaced an expensive pal,” mentioned Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White. “I used to be proud to associate with Ed on organ/tissue donation consciousness and noticed first-hand his ardour and dedication to this lifesaving program. As a kidney recipient, he devoted himself to giving again to this system that prolonged his life for almost 30 years. Ed and I labored collectively to deliver White Sox gamers to the James R. Thompson Heart in Chicago the place they signed autographs, educated the general public and most significantly registered individuals for the state’s organ/tissue donor program. Ed was a hero. My deepest sympathy to the Farmer Household, his White Sox Household and Ed’s many mates and followers.”
We mourn the demise of Ed Farmer who handed away Wednesday night time.
Farmer labored as a radio broadcaster for the Chicago White Sox for almost 30 years, performed 11 seasons within the main leagues, together with three together with his hometown White Sox, and was a powerful advocate for organ donation. pic.twitter.com/wx7itjfEYk
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) April 2, 2020
White Sox tv play-by-play announcer Jason Benetti referred to as Farmer “a loyal, welcoming pal” in a tribute on Twitter.
“Scores of individuals have misplaced a chunk of their coronary heart, together with me,” Benetti wrote.
The @whitesox radio sales space was at all times crammed to the brim with company.
Ed Farmer was such a loyal, welcoming pal. Scores of individuals have misplaced a chunk of their coronary heart, together with me.
— Jason Benetti (@jasonbenetti) April 2, 2020
Farmer is survived by his spouse, Barbara, and daughter, Shanda. Donations could also be made in Farmer’s identify to the Polycystic Kidney Disease Research Foundation.
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