Rory Markas dead at 54


The Los Angeles Angels baseball team announced that Rory Markas had died at his home. He had been the play-by-play voice of the Angels for eight seasons on both radio and television. Markas was 54.

In addition to his responsibilities with the Angels, Markas also served as the play-by-play voice for the University of Southern California men’s basketball team, and as a reporter for KTTV-TV (Fox) Los Angeles.

Prior to joining the Angels, Markas handled the play-by-play duties for the USC baseball team on the Trojan Radio Network, as well as pre-game reporting for Trojan football. During that time, he also served as a sports reporter on KNX-AM Los Angeles, and a sports anchor on KTTV. From 1994-97, he was the lead announcer for the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers on the Clippers radio network.

Markas had extensive baseball broadcasting experience prior to joining the Angels, as he worked as a play-by-play announcer for the Milwaukee Brewers television network (1992-94) and as a substitute radio play-by-play announcer with the Brewers radio network from 1984-1994. He spent six seasons calling Pacific Coast League baseball, including three years with the Salt Lake City Gulls and three years with the Vancouver Canadians.

No cause of death was disclosed. The Huffington Post reported that it was an apparent heart attack.