Rafael (Felo) Ramirez, renowned radio broadcaster began calling baseball games on radio in 1945, in Havana, Cuba with Radio Salas. He is one of the most instantly recognizable voices in sports broadcasting throughout Latin America and Florida.
He was also the play-by-play voice of professional baseball in Puerto Rico and Venezuela for teams such as the Caguas Natives, the Santurce Crabs, the San Juan Senators and the Magallones Navigators.
Called the final four innings of Don Larsen;s perfect game on October 8, 1956 during the World Series.
He was the first Hispanic broadcaster to have his narration included in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, with his call of Hank Aaron’s 715th home-run, his call of Roberto Clemente’s 3000th hit was later added.
In 2001, Ramirez received the Ford C. Frick Award by the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. In addition, he gained induction into the Caribbean Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003.
In 2012, Ramirez received recognition in Valencia, Venezuela. The Magallanes organization honored his career of more than 60 years as a sports play by play announcer.
Ramirez was inducted into the Broadcasters Wing of the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame in 2012 at Pacific Bell Park in San Francisco, California.