PA announcer falls ill

PA announcer falls ill

MILWAUKEE -- For the first time since 1998, the voice that boomed through the public address system with the Brewers' starting lineup did not belong to Robb Edwards.

Edwards, who had served as the public address announcer at Country Stadium and Miller Park for every Brewers home game since the start of the 1999 season, suffered a heart attack Tuesday and was scheduled to undergo a bypass procedure at Community Memorial Hospital.

Newsradio 620s Gene Mueller filled in for Edwards during Game 1 of a three-game series against the Dodgers at Miller Park.

Edwards, a Milwaukee radio personality since 1969, heard most recently on AM-920 WOKY, stepped behind the mic at County Stadium in 1999. He replaced Bob Betts, who served as the Brewers' PA announcer for more than 1,700 games and 23 seasons before succumbing to an illness in November 1998. The Brewers dedicated the Bob Betts Press Box at Miller Park in 2001.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.