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Dick Callahan, A's longtime public address announcer, dies

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We don’t know when fans will return to A’s games, but when they do, one thing will be missing. Longtime public address announcer Dick Callahan died on Friday, the team announced.

“He lent his warm and welcoming voice to the Oakland faithful as our public address announcer for 15 seasons and more than 1,000 games at the Oakland Coliseum,” the A's said in a statement. 

Callahan also served as a public address announcer for the Warriors for two decades and called games at Saint Mary's College in Moraga for 30 years.

Warriors president Rick Welts honored Callahan with a heartfelt message from the Warriors.

For the last 15 seasons, Callahan was the first voice you heard when you walked into the Coliseum and always made sure to announce to those in attendance of A’s games to get home safely. 

Games at the Coliseum will never be the same.

Callahan sat out of the 2020 season after dealing with non-COVID-19 related health issues. At 79, however, he was concerned he was at high risk for the virus. A’s president Dave Kaval said despite missing the 60-game season, he was ready to welcome Callahan back with open arms.

Amelia Schimmel filled in for Callahan as the A’s public address announcer last season.

A few former A's players offered their condolences to Callahan on social media.

Callahan was an imperative part of the Oakland community and he will be greatly missed.