It's not often that individuals earn a nickname as influential as the "Voice of God," but for longtime Oakland Athletics public address announcer, Roy Steele, it was wholly justified.
Unfortunately, it is with heavy hearts that we report Steele passed away Thursday at his home in Auburn, and the San Francisco Giants were benevolent enough to send their condolences to the A's organization.
This says everything about what Steele meant to the game of baseball. To say that he devoted his life to his craft would be an understatement. He worked more than 3,000 games for Oakland, including six World Series' and an All-Star Game. Perhaps more impressive than that is the fact that he missed just five days in 38 years at the helm. That feat includes a streak of 1,093 consecutive games worked from 1990-2004.
The "Voice of God" leaves behind an immortal legacy that includes being recognized as the most treasured voices in the history of the sport. Like San Francisco, we send our sincerest condolences to Steele's family as they attempt to cope with his tragic passing.