Former MLB relief pitcher and longtime Chicago White Sox radio broadcaster Ed Farmer passed away Wednesday night at age 70, the team confirmed.
Farmer grew up in Chicago and enjoyed 11 seasons in the major leagues, including three with the White Sox. During the 1980 season, he earned All-Star honors on his way to 30 saves — then a team record.
“His experience as a major league All-Star pitcher, his wry sense of clubhouse humor, his love of baseball and his passion for the White Sox combined to make White Sox radio broadcasts the sound of summer for millions of fans," said chairman Jerry Reinsdorf in a statement. "Ed grew up a Sox fan on the south side of Chicago and his allegiance showed every single night on the radio as he welcomed his ‘friends’ to the broadcast. I am truly devastated by the loss of my friend.”
He first joined the White Sox radio booth in 1990 and assumed play-by-play duties 14 years ago, with Darrin Jackson serving as his partner during that time.
"My heart is broken, but my mind is at peace knowing my dear friend is no longer suffering," Jackson said in a statement. "Ed was a competitor who also was everyone’s best friend. I saw first-hand how hard Ed fought each and every day and season after season to keep himself healthy and prepared to broadcast White Sox baseball."
Farmer began his MLB career with the Cleveland Indians and he went on to pitch for eight teams, including two stints with the Philadelphia Phillies (1974, 1982-83).
He was also on the call when the White Sox won their first World Series in 88 years in 2005, exclaiming: "This is as good as it gets. The Sox are World Series Champions, and Chicago: Go crazy!"
We mourn the death of Ed Farmer who passed away Wednesday night.
Farmer worked as a radio broadcaster for the Chicago White Sox for nearly 30 years, played 11 seasons in the major leagues, including three with his hometown White Sox, and was a strong advocate for organ donation. pic.twitter.com/wx7itjfEYk
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