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Warner Fusselle, Cyclones Announcer, Passes Away

Source: Brooklyn Cyclones

Warner Fusselle, the only man to have ever called the play-by-plays for the Brooklyn Cyclones (1904 Surf Avenue), passed away a week shy of what would have been his 12th Opening Day since the inception of the team.

“We are deeply saddened by the news of Warner’s passing,” said Cyclones General Manager Steve Cohen. “There is no one who knew more – or cared more – about baseball in Brooklyn than Warner. His distinctive voice, knowledge and endless passion for the game enriched Brooklyn Cyclones baseball for our players, staff, and fans from day one and his presence will be sorely missed.”

The sports announcer was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and raised in Gainsville, Georgia. He has had a long career in sports radio as well as television. He voiced the show “This Week In Baseball,” and called the plays for the Seton Hall Pirates; the Richmond Braves; the Spartanburg Phillies; and the ABA’s Virgina Squires.

Besides sports, his great passion was music.

The “Fuse,” as he was nicknamed, died on Sunday night from an apparent heart attack at just 68-years-old.

Borough President Marty Markowitz issued the following statement after news broke of Fusselle’s death:

For fans of our beloved Brooklyn Cyclones, the voice of Warner Fusselle has been silenced after 11 years of passionate and knowledgeable play-by-play from the ‘Catbird Seat’ at MCU Park and, before that, Keyspan Park on Coney Island. Fusselle was a native Kentuckian raised in Georgia, but Brooklynites embraced him as one of their own after he became the voice of the Cyclones at their very beginning in 2001. They call me Mr. Brooklyn, but Warner Fusselle was Mr. Baseball here in Brooklyn, and our prayers and condolences go out to the entire Cyclones organization as well as Fusselle’s sister, two nephews and all of his friends and colleagues who are mourning the passing of “The Fuse.”

As the only voice Cyclones’ fans ever knew, his will be a tough act to follow.

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  1. Sorry to read of Mr. Fusselle’s passing…But, come on Marty, “Our Beloved Brooklyn Cyclones.” For crying out loud, they are barely a single “A” Club, and to many of us natives, born before 1958, and those with memories, putting them in our midst, has been an embarassment and insult, cause there are a number of us, despite Mr. Terry’s admonition of many moons ago, who still believe that Brooklyn, is still in the Major Leagues! Some of those Bonnies, Cadets, and Nathan’s, Parade Grounds teams of years gone by, could easily beat these Cyclones! Only beloved, “Cyclone” is the one we have ridden!!!

  2. It’s gonna be a sad opening day next week.  My condolences to his entire family.  Rest in peace, Mr. Fuselle………….. and thank you.

  3. A month or two ago, a female friend and I were having a late night dinner at the fried chicken place on Brighton Beach Avenue when this affable gentleman strikes up a conversation with us.  He neither looked nor sounded like any of the locals who frequented the place, and he remarked that neither did we, and when I asked about his slight southern accent, he said that he was from Georgia.  We had a nice conversation, mostly about the neighborhood, and then went our separate ways only to meet again a few weeks later at a local ATM, also in the late evening.  Then, barely a week ago, my friend ran into him again at the chicken place, where they chatted for nearly two hours about all sorts of things, but my friend never asked, nor did our new acquaintance disclose, who he was or what he did for a living.

    Neither my friend nor I know or care much about sports, and I hadn’t been to a ball park since the Dodgers left Ebbets Field, so, until a couple of days ago, we had never heard of Warner Fusselle and were shocked and saddened to learn of his passing.  Nice guy.  May he rest in peace.  

  4. I met Warner many times years ago in J&R Music World’s music department in lower Manhattan while we were both buying CDs. We had several conversations about classic rock and roll, as well as baseball.
    He was a cordial, courteous gentleman. May he rest in peace.

  5. When I was little, my dad would rent from Madajo’s on Ave Z and E 16th a video of a documentary called the History of Baseball (it ran from the crediting of Doubleday with inventing the game to the Mets’ ’86 championship I believe – maybe the ’87 series). I watched it so many times that the narrator’s voice was sonically etched into my head. 

    Years later I heard the voice of the Brooklyn Cyclones and I realized that the narrator of that documentary was Warner Fusselle. 

    Who would ever think that the southern voice of an obscure documentary found in a now-defunct operation called a Video Store would find its way to a home just a couple of subway stops away in the same area, all those years later…

    He is missed.


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