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Rory Markas
A man is smiling at the camera with the backdrop consisting of the interior of a baseball staduim with the scoreboard displayed prominently.
Rory Markas at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 7, 2004
Born December 20, 1955(1955-12-20)
Chatsworth, California, U.S.
Died January 4, 2010 (aged 54)
Palmdale, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Radio and television broadcaster
Years active 2002 – 2010

Rory Markas (December 20, 1955 – January 4, 2010) was an American sportscaster best known as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim's play-by-play broadcaster for eight seasons.[1] Markas was due to enter his ninth season as an Angels broadcaster, and was in his twelfth season as the radio voice of the University of Southern California men's basketball team.[2][3] He also worked as a field reporter and part-time sports anchor for KTTV.

Markas previously worked for CBS' KNX-AM and KCBS-TV, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Milwaukee Brewers, Fox Sports Net West, and the Pacific Coast League's Salt Lake City Gulls and Vancouver Canadians.[4] He was also the lead announcer for RollerJam from its second season to its last. Most recently, and possibly his final effort, was the recording of the play-by-play segments for the upcoming motion picture "The Yankles". Rory Markas' voice is the first and last voice heard in the movie.

Born in Chatsworth, California, he was a graduate of Los Angeles Valley College, California State University-Northridge, and Chatsworth High School, Markas won four Golden Mike Awards, two Associated Press Sportscasting Awards, and the 2008 Radio Play-by-Play Award from the Southern California Broadcasters Association.[5]

In late 2008, Markas underwent surgery to remove a blood clot in his brain, which sidelined him for about six weeks. Steve Physioc, his Angels partner, filled in for Rory on several USC basketball games.

Many obituaries noted that Markas would be remembered for his signature "Just another Halo victory!" call after Angel wins, and for his call of the final play of the 2002 World Series at Angel Stadium. He was also known for his interviewing skills, for example his Angel radio pre-game talks with Yankees' PA announcer Bob Sheppard and former Negro Leagues player Buck O'Neill.

On January 4, 2010, Markas was found dead at his Palmdale, California, home.[6]

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Rory Markas is the lead radio play-by-play sports broadcaster for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim baseball team and the men's basketball team of the University of Southern California.

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  • Somewhere up in Heaven, Gene Autry is smiling, a smile as big as Texas. And maybe, just maybe, he's putting his arm around Donnie Moore, and he's saying "C'mon, Donnie, let's go. We're going to the World Series!"
    • Markas' call as heard on KLAC 570 AM on October 13, 2002 after the Angels defeated the Minnesota Twins in Game Five of the American League Championship Series to earn their first World Series berth.

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