Rory Markas
A man is smiling at the camera with the backdrop consisting of the interior of a baseball stadium with the scoreboard displayed prominently.
Rory Markas at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 7, 2004
Born(1955-12-20)December 20, 1955
DiedJanuary 4, 2010(2010-01-04) (aged 54)
Occupation(s)Radio and television broadcaster
Years active1984–2010

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] and as the radio voice of the University of Southern California men's basketball team for 11 seasons.[2][3] He also worked as a field reporter and part-time sports anchor for KTTV.

Born in Hollywood, California, Markas was a graduate of Los Angeles Valley College, California State University-Northridge, and Chatsworth High School. He won four Golden Mike Awards, two Associated Press Sportscasting Awards, and the 2008 Radio Play-by-Play Award from the Southern California Broadcasters Association.[4]

Early career

Markas previously worked for KTUC in Tucson, 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's voice is the first and last voice heard in the movie.

Health issues and death

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. USC's regular radio voice for football and previous voice in basketball, Pete Arbogast filled in for most of the rest of that season.

On January 4, 2010, the 54-year-old Markas was found dead at his Palmdale, California home, the victim of an apparent heart attack.[5]

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 Angels radio pre-game talk with former Negro leagues player Buck O'Neil.

See also


  1. ^ DiGiovanna, Mike (January 6, 2010). "Rory Markas dies at 54; Angels announcer called World Series win". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
  2. ^ Pucin, Diane (November 24, 2009). "Rex Hudler, Steve Physioc no longer Angels broadcasters". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
  3. ^ "In Memoriam: Rory Markas, 54". University of Southern California. January 5, 2010. Archived from the original on January 23, 2010. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
  4. ^ a b Spencer, Lyle. "Angels broadcaster Markas passes". MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved 7 January 2010.
  5. ^ "Inside".