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April 10, 2013

Welcome to Fenway Park

Marblehead native is a PA announcer for the Red Sox

MARBLEHEAD — Henry Mahegan was sitting in a barbershop in Boston last May when he got a phone call from the Red Sox with the tragic news that public address announcer Carl Beane had died.

Mahegan, a 31-year-old Marblehead native who had worked in media relations for the Sox before becoming a teacher, was asked if he would be available to fill in for Beane, who had been the voice of Fenway Park for a decade.

For the first game following Beane’s death, the public address system was silent, a tribute to a beloved PA announcer who had never missed a game.

For the second game, Mahegan, a history teacher at Charlestown High School, slipped into Beane’s seat, leaned into the PA microphone and heard his voice drift out into the night sky.

“I was terrified,” he said.

One year later, Mahegan finds himself somewhere he never expected to be. He is one of three people selected to be PA announcers for the Red Sox this season, chosen from a field of 342 candidates.

Mahegan, who will do most of the night games, will share the duties with two Boston media celebrities, former TV sportscaster Bob Lobel and former TV personality Dick Flavin.

Mahegan’s first game is tonight.

“I’m excited,” he said yesterday. “Maybe I should be more nervous, but I feel that after doing nine games last year and a spring training game this spring, I’m not that nervous. I’m more just really excited to do it. It’s such a cool thing to be part of.”

This is, to put it mildly, a dream job for a young man who grew up in Marblehead, a huge Red Sox fan.

“I had Red Sox wallpaper,” he said. “Not the whole wall, just like a little ring around the room.”

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