Eddie Sachs died in a fiery crash during the 1964 Indianapolis 500 that also claimed the life of Dave MacDonald, and what followed was one of the most memorable moments in sports broadcasting history.
Sid Collins, the original voice of the 500, eulogized Sachs in a poignant and extemporaneous performance that was remarkable, and stands today as some of the best work every done by a talent with a live microphone.
But what of Sachs the driver and man? He should have won the 1961 race 50 years ago, and was exactly the kind of personality the IndyCar Series so desperately needs today.
Below is the video of the crash. It’s awful.