Ken Coleman, the broadcaster whose resonant voice carried Boston Red Sox fans through some of their greatest victories and biggest disappointments, died Thursday in Plymouth, Mass., of complications from bacterial meningitis. He was 78.
Coleman, a Red Sox broadcaster for 20 years, called the team’s heartbreaking loss in the 1986 World Series, when a grounder rolled through first baseman Bill Buckner’s legs. He was also with Boston through the Impossible Dream season in 1967, when the team made an improbable World Series run before losing to St. Louis.
Coleman’s first broadcasting gig in major league sports was in Cleveland with the Indians and the National Football League’s Cleveland Browns between 1952 and 1965.
He returned to Boston from 1966 to 1974, when he landed a TV job with the Cincinnati Reds. He returned to the Red Sox broadcast booth in 1979 and stayed until his retirement in ’89. He was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2000.