LOS ANGELES – Ed Farmer passed away Wednesday night at the age of 70.
Farmer was the voice of White Sox radio for almost 30 years. The South Side native pitched in his hometown for nearly three of his 11 seasons in the big leagues.
Darrin Jackson, Farmer’s friend and radio partner since 2009, released this statement.
“My heart is broken, but my mind is at peace knowing my dear friend is no longer suffering. Ed was a competitor who also was everyone’s best friend. I saw first-hand how hard Ed fought each and every day and season after season to keep himself healthy and prepared to broadcast White Sox baseball. I first got to know Ed during my time in Chicago as a player and am honored to have been his friend and radio partner. My heart goes out to Barbara and Shanda, the only people he loved more than the White Sox and his hometown of Chicago.”
“Ed Farmer was the radio voice of the Chicago White Sox for three decades, and he called no-hitters, perfect games and of course, a World Series championship,” said White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. “His experience as a major league All-Star pitcher, his wry sense of clubhouse humor, his love of baseball and his passion for the White Sox combined to make White Sox radio broadcasts the sound of summer for millions of fans. Ed grew up a Sox fan on the south side of Chicago and his allegiance showed every single night on the radio as he welcomed his ‘friends’ to the broadcast. I am truly devastated by the loss of my friend.”
Farmer suffered from polycystic kidney disease for most of his life, the same disease that his mother died from at the age of 38.
Fellow broadcasters from across the country mourn his loss.