Voice of Oakland A’s Dick Callahan, BA ’62 Passes
St. Jerome’s University (SJU) is saddened to learn of the passing of alumni Dick (Richard) Callahan, BA ‘62, on January 29th, a faithful university supporter and donor. He was the recipient of the Fr. Norm Choate Award, the highest level of recognition given by the University to a member of the alumni who has demonstrated extraordinary accomplishment in their professional life.
Callahan attended St. Jerome’s College (as the university was known at the time) and played for the University of Waterloo’s men’s basketball team. He served as the Golden State Warriors basketball team public address announcer for 18 seasons, but is most well-known in the Bay Area in California, as the public address announcer who voiced the Oakland Athletics (A’s) baseball games for 15 seasons. Callahan worked his 1,000th game for the A’s on May 7, 2019, but had been absent from the PA booth for the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, due to health reasons.
“From the moment I met Dick Callahan, in November 2019, I knew I had a friend for life,” explained SJU's former Interim President and Vice Chancellor, Scott Kline. “His warm spirit, his genuine interest in people and their stories, as well as his expansive sense of humour, often at his own expense, brought so much joy to those he met.
“Within minutes of meeting each other, we both knew we shared a love of baseball and St. Jerome’s University. His stories of St. Jerome’s during its earliest days brought to life his generation’s youthful exuberance and their determination to overcome the social, economic, and political challenges of the 1960s. It was clear that St. Jerome’s had made a deep and lasting impact on him.”
During his 2019 visit, Callahan shared that he attributed his success to SJU, and one of its priests – Fr. Christopher. It was Fr. Christopher and the confidence that the school’s teachings instilled in him that convinced him that it was possible to become an announcer in his 60s. As a successful insurance business owner at that time he described working part-time as the A’s announcer as his “retirement plan.”
Callahan remained active in SJU alumni events and donated to student scholarship programs. Kline noted that “Dick wanted to support our current students as they set out on their university journeys.”
“We should celebrate not only the fact that SJU made such a difference in Dick Callahan’s life, but also that he has made such a difference in the life of St. Jerome’s University.”
Dick (Richard) Callahan, BA '62, speaking in 1987 at St. Jerome's University.
Photo credit: SJU Archives
Dick Callahan (on right) appeared as a guest on local radio celebrity and fellow SJU alumni Mike Farwell’s (on left)
570 News program, during his visit in 2019.
Photo credit: SJU Archives