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Former Phillies broadcaster Musser dies

Long-time Philadelphia broadcaster Andy Musser has passed away at the age of 74.

The Daily News reported that Musser died at his home on Sunday.

Musser was an integral part of the Phillies television and radio crew from 1976 until 2001, when he left the booth to work for a San Francisco-based brewing company. He worked alongside Hall of Fame talents Richie Ashburn and Harry Kalas, along with current broadcaster Chris Wheeler.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to Andy's family, especially his wife Eun Joo, his son Allan and his daughter Luanne. Andy was a dear friend to many, an absolute gentleman, and a true professional. I had the pleasure of working with him for 26 years during which time he made a significant contribution to our club," said Phillies president David Montgomery in a statement issued Monday evening.

"Additionally, along with thousands of Philadelphia sports fans, I admired his versatility in announcing not only Phillies games but also his work with the Eagles, Sixers and Villanova Basketball. Since leaving the Phillies broadcast booth in 2001, Andy remained close to the club. We will all miss our dear friend."

Perhaps Musser's most famous call came on October 4, 1980 at Montreal's Olympic Stadium, when he enthusiastically described Mike Schmidt's two-run 11th-inning home run which helped Philly clinch the NL East crown that night.

The Pennsylvania native also called two Super Bowls, two NBA All-Star games and one NCAA men's basketball championship before devoting most of his attention to baseball.