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By Mike DeNardo

WYNNEWOOD, Pa. (CBS) — Sports fans throughout the Delaware Valley are mourning the loss of longtime Phillies’ announcer Andy Musser, who died Sunday at the age of 74 at his home in Wynnewood.

Musser spent 26 years behind the microphone calling Phillies games  — many of those years with broadcasting legends Harry Kalas and Rich Ashburn.

Musser was a true gentleman with a self-deprecating sense of humor, which was evident last November when Musser was inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame.   He spoke of growing up listening to By Saam do the Philadelphia Athletics’ games in the early ’50s, and tolerating Claude Haring in the middle innings.

“I really appreciated By (Saam),” Musser recalled, “and I couldn’t wait to get Claude Haring off the air so By could come back and do the last three innings.  And I wanted to grow up and be By Saam.  But a funny thing happened.  I grew up and became Claude Haring!”

The funeral for Andy Musser is scheduled for next Tuesday.

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