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Dick Flavin, beloved Fenway Park announcer and poet laureate, has passed away

BOSTON — Dick Flavin, the beloved voice of Fenway Park and poet laureate of the Boston Red Sox, has passed away at the age of 86.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the Red Sox said, “Flavin was a fixture on Boston TV, a familiar face and voice at Fenway Park, and our own beloved poet laureate. His love of baseball and his Red Sox was only surpassed by his kindness to so many in our front office and fans throughout New England.”

Flavin served as the public address announcer for Red Sox day games. In 2015, he compiled his poems into a book, “Red Sox Rhymes: Verses and Curses,” which was praised by notable Red Sox fans including Doris Kearns Goodwin and Michael Dukakis.

Flavin made many appearances for the team where he recited his verses at various events, like truck day, ahead of spring training.

“Our hearts are with the Flavin family. His words and warmth will always be part of the organization,” the Red Sox added.

Flavin grew up in Quincy, attended Archbishop Williams High School in Braintree, and then went on to Stonehill College.

He became the press spokesman for the Massachusetts State Democratic Committee in 1963 and a speechwriter for several Democratic politicians, including Ted Kennedy.

Flavin later worked at a pair of local television stations, winning seven New England Regional Emmy Awards.

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