Rays Radio Broadcaster Dave Wills Passes Away

Will Vragovic, Tampa Bay Rays

Dave Wills passed away on Sunday morning at the age of 58. He spent his adult life doing what he loved more than anything in the world, calling baseball games. Survivors include his wife, Liz, son Alex, and daughter Michelle.

Dave joined the Rays in 2005 and immediatly clicked with radio partner Andy Freed. Freed said on Twiter that “Yesterday was like every other day the past 18 years. Sharing. Laughs. Baseball. Fun. No waay to know it was thelast time. Sadness beyond words today. It always felt like we were actual brothers. Will mis him forever. Love to him and his family.”

Prior to joining the Rays in 2005, Wills spent 11 years on the Chicago White Sox broadcast team after spening the 1991-1995 seasons with the Kan COunty Cougars minor league play by play.

Dave Wills delivered many iconic moments in Tampa Bay history including the final out in the 2008 ALCS sending the Rays to their first World Series.

His final call on Saturday afternoon with an emphatic “Rays Win”

I am a fan of all sports but am most passionate about baseball. From the fanatical to analytical, nothing about the game escapes me. Being born and raised in Northeast Ohio I'm very familiar with the heartache and pain that sports can bring and hope that I bring some understanding of the other side to my coverage. I will focus mostly on baseball but also cover the Tampa Bay Lightning, one of the most electric franchises in all of sports. Always willing to converse about any sport and have only one rule and that is be respectful at all times.