Longtime Braves Pitcher, Broadcaster Ernie Johnson Sr. Dies
August 15, 2011 at 3:41 AM (PT)
ERNIE JOHNSON SR., the former major league pitcher who became a longtime radio and television broadcaster for the MILWAUKEE and ATLANTA BRAVES, has died at 87, the team announced FRIDAY.
JOHNSON, the father of TNT and NBA-TV sportscaster ERNIE JOHNSON JR., pitched for the BOSTON and MILWAUKEE BRAVES in 1950 and 1952 through 1958, ending his career with the BALTIMORE ORIOLES in 1959. He then joined the BRAVES radio and TV crew in 1962, moving with the team to ATLANTA in 1966 and remaining in the booth until 1999. JOHNSON worked for several years with PETE VAN WIEREN and the late SKIP CARAY as the team's broadcast crew.
"The BRAVES family has suffered a great loss today," BRAVES president JOHN SCHUERHOLZ said in a statement. "ERNIE was the heart and soul of the BRAVES for so long, first as a player and then as the voice of the team in the broadcast booth. Our hearts are heavy today and we will miss him dearly. We send our deepest condolences to his wife of 63 years, LOIS, his children, DAWN, CHRIS, and ERNIE JR., and to his grandchildren."