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Wills To Be Inducted Into Rays Hall Of Fame

Neil Solondz, Andy Freed and Dave Wills in Port Charlotte. Photo taken February 2020
Rays Radio broadcaster Dave Wills (right), seen in a February 2020 photo, will be an inductee to the Rays Hall of Fame in 2024 (photo: Steve Carney/St. Pete Nine)

Dave Wills, the legendary Rays radio broadcaster who spent 19 years behind the microphone calling the biggest moments in franchise history, will posthumously be inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame this season.

According to his family, Wills, who died unexpectedly on March 5, 2023, is scheduled to be honored prior to the team’s game April 14 against the San Francisco Giants.

Wills is the first person to be announced in the 2024 class for the Rays Hall of Fame.  The team created the Hall of Fame last year for its 25th anniversary, and inducted Wade Boggs, Carl Crawford, and Don Zimemr for its inaugural class.

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Steve Carney is the founder and publisher of St. Pete Nine. One of the people most associated with baseball coverage in Tampa Bay, he spent 13 seasons covering the Rays for flagship radio station WDAE, first as producer of Rays Radio broadcasts, then as beat reporter beginning in 2011. He likes new analytics and aged bourbon, and is the owner of one of the ugliest knuckleballs ever witnessed by baseball scouts.

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