Longtime Atlanta Braves Broadcaster Pete Van Wieren Dies
August 4, 2014 at 4:05 AM (PT)
Longtime ATLANTA BRAVES broadcaster PETE VAN WIEREN died SATURDAY morning (8/2) after a battle with lymphoma at 69.
VAN WIEREN joined the BRAVES in 1976 from minor league baseball's TIDEWATER TIDES and called games for the team until his 2008 retirement. VAN WIEREN was mostly paired with the late SKIP CARAY, who joined the BRAVES at the same time and who passed away shortly before VAN WIEREN's retirement, and also worked with ERNIE JOHNSON SR. (who gave him the nickname "THE PROFESSOR") and DON SUTTON. Over the years, he also called ATLANTA HAWKS basketball, ATLANTA FLAMES hockey, and other sports for TBS and TNT.
The BRAVES issued a statement SATURDAY saying, "The ATLANTA BRAVES are deeply saddened by the passing of PETE VAN WIEREN. He was such a large and important part of our organization. We and all of our fans across BRAVES Country fondly remember his soothing voice calling our games for 33 years. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, ELAINE, his children and his grandchildren."