Veteran Atlanta Braves announcer Skip Caray died on Sunday in his sleep at his Atlanta home.Â He was 68-years old and the cause of death has not yet been determined.
Caray and Pete Van Wieren have been broadcasting Braves games since 1976. Caray’s sarcastic wit made him a popular lead voice of the broadcast team, and his fame grew nationally as TBS carried Braves games to a national audience for 30 years.
After decades of calling the Braves America’s Team, TBS this year began a seven-year contract of national weekly telecasts, leaving the Braves to the regional Peachtree TV network — and leaving Caray to radio work on home games.
Health problems also cut into Caray’s workload.
Caray said this year he was battling diabetes, congestive heart failure, an irregular heartbeat and reduced kidney and liver functions.
Skip’s dad was longtime St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago White Sox/Cubs announcer Harry Caray.Â Skip’s son Chip Carey was a Cubs announcer before becoming part of the Braves TV broadcast in recent years.Â Skip’s son Josh Carey announces games for the Braves single A team.
Braves nation has lost one of its finest.Â I grew up a Cardinals fans but couldn’t avoid the Braves because they use to be on every single night on TBS.Â So I caught more that my fair share of games announced by Skip and Pete Van Wieren.