Braves' Voice Skip Caray Dies At 68
August 4, 2008 at 6:26 AM (PT)
Condolences to family and friends of longtime ATLANTA BRAVES radio and television voice SKIP CARAY, who died SUNDAY in ATLANTA at 68. CARAY (full name HARRY CHRISTOPHER CARAY JR.), who had been battling several illnesses for the past year, was the son of Hall of Fame legend HARRY CARAY and father of baseball broadcasters CHIP CARAY (ATLANTA BRAVES) and JOSH CARAY (ROME BRAVES); his nephew ERIC STANGER is Director of Talk Programming at ABC RADIO NETWORKS.
He started at KMOX-A/ST. LOUIS, doing high school sports reports as a teenager and calling SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY and NBA ST. LOUIS HAWKS games. He moved to ATLANTA with the HAWKS in 1968 (although he called ATLANTA CRACKERS minor league baseball in 1964), also called ATLANTA FLAMES hockey, and became part of the BRAVES crew on radio and TV in 1976, a position he held until his passing; since 1977, he was paired with PETE VAN WIEREN. CARAY last broadcast a game on CLEAR CHANNEL Talk WGST-A and Country WUBL (94.9 THE BULL)/ATLANTA last week.
The GEORGIA RADIO HALL OF FAME has announced that CARAY, VAN WIEREN, and their longtime former BRAVES broadcast partner and former pitcher ERNIE JOHNSON (father of "NBA ON TNT" host ERNIE JOHNSON JR.) will be inducted into the Hall on OCTOBER 4. The trio will be inducted in the Lifetime Achievement category, which is normally announced at the induction ceremony as a surprise; CARAY had been notified of the honor before his death.