Hall of Fame broadcaster Carneal dead of heart failure

Apr 1, 2007 - 9:43 PM MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Longtime Minnesota Twins radio broadcaster Herb Carneal died Sunday morning at his home in Minnetonka due to congestive heart failure. He was 83.

Known as the "Voice of the Twins," Carneal was in the Twins' broadcast booth for all but the first of their 46 seasons in Minnesota.

"This is a sad day for the Minnesota Twins organization and millions of baseball fans across the upper Midwest," Twins president Dave St. Peter said. "Herb Carneal's voice was the signature element of Twins baseball for multiple generations of fans. Clearly, he was one of the most beloved figures in Minnesota sports history.

"The Minnesota Twins will proudly dedicate the 2007 season to the memory of Herb Carneal."

Carneal had spent six weeks in the hospital this past winter for a variety of ailments. He had been scheduled to broadcast some home games this season, although it was announced last week that he would miss Opening Day.

Carneal won the Ford C. Frick award - baseball broadcasting's highest honor - in 1996. He was also inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Metrodome's press box was renamed in his honor in 2005.

Carneal is survived by his daughter, Terri, and grandson, Matthew.

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