Wresley "Red" Rush, 81, a versatile sportscaster who called games for the Oakland A's and other major league baseball organizations as well as college and professional basketball teams, died Jan. 11 at a care facility in Moraga, Calif. A longtime resident of Orinda, he had Alzheimer's disease.
As the voice of Loyola University of Chicago in the 1960s, Rush delivered the memorable "We won! We won! We won the ballgame!" radio call when the Ramblers basketball team defeated two-time defending champion Cincinnati in overtime in the 1963 NCAA championship game.
Rush was born July 2, 1927, in Long Beach. He served in the Navy during World War II and attended USC, where he intended to study law but got sidetracked by radio broadcasting.
"He went to a [Harlem] Globetrotters game one night, and the P.A. guy showed up drunk," his son Casey Rush told the San Francisco Chronicle. "My dad was sitting in the front row. They were wondering who would do the P.A., and my dad said, 'I'll do it' . . . and fell in love with it."