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    Tuesday, 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."
    
    
    

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