Dave Wills, Tampa Bay Rays radio broadcaster died on Sunday morning at the age of 58.
“Dave was an outstanding broadcaster, a great friend, and an even better person,” Rays owner Stu Sternberg said. “He had a remarkable talent for bringing the game to life for our fans and was a vital part of the Rays family. We will miss him dearly, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones during this difficult time.”
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Last year, Wills was hospitalized in Toronto with what he said was supraventricular tachycardia It is a heart condition that caused him to miss the final two weeks of the regular season. He did return for Rays’ playoff games against the Guardians in the wild-card round.
“The Tampa Bay Rays are deeply saddened to announce the passing of longtime radio announcer Dave Wills. A beloved figure throughout the Tampa Bay community and Major League Baseball, he will be missed dearly,” the Tampa Bay Rays tweeted.
The Tampa Bay Rays are deeply saddened to announce the passing of longtime radio announcer Dave Wills.
A beloved figure throughout the Tampa Bay community and Major League Baseball, he will be missed dearly. pic.twitter.com/k9iiQOsL4u
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Who was Dave Wills?
After spending 11 years as part of the White Sox radio team, Wills joined the Rays in 2005. He broadcasted games for the minor league Kane County Cougars in suburban Chicago and Notre Dame football and basketball earlier in his career.
Wills gained a following among Rays fans during his stint thanks to his energy, passion, and knowledge. He supervised over some of the Rays’ most historic moments, such as the team’s trips to the World Series in 2008 and 2020.
Wills was renowned for his flawless play-by-play calling, astute analysis, and contagious personality. His services to the Rays organization and the Tampa Bay community will be remembered by them always.
This season, the Rays will pay a special pregame homage to Wills, specifics of which will be released at a later time.