Rafael ‘Felo’ Ramirez will have a Miami-Dade baseball field named after him
Today, December 14, 2016 at 5:00 p.m., the iconic radio broadcaster Rafael ‘Felo’ Ramirez will join baseball-loving fans, representatives from the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces department, and Commissioner Souto at Tropical Park’s baseball field #3, located at 7900 SW 40th Street in Miami, to officially dedicate the newly named “Rafael ‘Felo’ Ramirez Baseball Field.”
It is an honor to be able to name this field for ‘Felo.’ This highly regarded radio journalist is most beloved amongst Hispanic baseball fans in our community. I am fortunate to have been part of his radio listening audience over the years. His play-by-play commentary for Marlins games is truly a virtual experience. It makes you feel like you are right there at the ballpark! And his persona behind the microphone is equally awe-inspiring, said Souto.
Miami-Dade Parks is proud to be part of the County’s rich history and to be able to honor one of its history makers in this way.Rafael Felo Ramirez Baseball Field at Tropical Park will be a living tribute to the legendary sportscaster who has touched so many lives and will continue to inspire the love of baseball, said Miami-Dade Parks Director George Navarrete.
Recognized as the Spanish ‘Voice of the Marlins,’ Ramirez began his baseball broadcasting career at Radio Salas in Havana, in 1945. In his 70+ years on air, Ramirez broadcasted for many famous baseball teams like the Cagua Natives, Santurce Crabs, San Juan Senators, and Magallanes. He also shared his microphone with his personal idol and fellow Hall of Fame broadcaster Buck Canel on the Gillette Cavalcade of Sports, a show which aired on more than 200 Spanish radio stations.
The Cuban-born 93-year-old Ramirez, also known by fans and colleagues as “El Orgullo de Bayamo” (“The Pride of Bayamo”), remains the greatest Spanish broadcaster for every Miami Marlins game (since 1993) on Radio Mambi (710AM).
The field naming is the result of a Miami-Dade County resolution sponsored by Miami-Dade County District 10 Commissioner Javier D. Souto and approved by the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) back in September.