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BASEBALL NOTETuesday, August 12, 8:01 PM
(UPDATING 5TH GRAF WITH NO PUBLIC ADDRESS AT TONIGHT'S GAME) *Former Dodgers pitcher Rex Barney passes away* ----------------------------------------------- Former Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher and longtime Baltimore Orioles public address announcer Rex Barney died Monday night or early this morning at his Baltimore home at the age of 72. The cause of death has not been determined. Barney compiled a 35-31 record over six seasons with Brooklyn in the 1940s. His best season came in 1948 when we went 15-13 with a 3.10 ERA, including a no-hitter against the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds on September 9th. Barney was inducted into the Dodgers Hall of Fame in 1989. Upon his retirement, Barney became a radio and television broadcaster in the New York and Baltimore markets. He took over as the full-time p.a. announcer for the Orioles in 1974 and became famous for his calls of "Thank youuuu" and "Give that fan a contract." "The entire Orioles organization is deeply saddened by this sudden loss," said Orioles managing partner Peter Angelos. "It is as much a loss for Orioles fans as it is for those of us who worked with Rex, because he was as much a part of Orioles baseball and the experience at Memorial Stadium and Camden Yards as any player." To honor Barney, the Orioles received permission from the American League to play tonight's home game against Oakland with no public address announcer. "He had his own way of doing things," Orioles catcher Chris Hoiles said. "That was definitely one thing that he did to bring excitement to the game and with the `Thank youuu.' Those things are always going to be remembered when you think of Baltimore and him and the ballgames. There was a certain sense of tradition that he had and they will always be remembered." Barney suffered from diabetes and in 1992, had the lower part of his right leg amputated after suffering from circulation problems. "He was a wonderful man, compassionate, kind and gentle and a great listener," said Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer, now an Orioles' broadcaster. "He had all the qualities that you'd want. ... He had a great passion, not only for life but for baseball. He may have lived alone, but he was never alone because he had so many friends. Rex was a friend to everybody."