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Skip Caray Doesn't Know What PitchTrax Is
Published: 2016/08/10
Channel: Ray Combs
Highlights
Highlights
Published: 2011/09/13
Channel: inductskipcaray
Skip Caray calls the 9th inning, 1992 NLCS Game 7
Skip Caray calls the 9th inning, 1992 NLCS Game 7
Published: 2013/02/09
Channel: CKPiano1
Harry Caray, Skip Caray, & Chip Caray Announce Atlanta Braves Chicago Cubs Game
Harry Caray, Skip Caray, & Chip Caray Announce Atlanta Braves Chicago Cubs Game
Published: 2013/02/08
Channel: CourtsideTweets
1992 NLCS Gm7: Skip Caray call of Cabrera
1992 NLCS Gm7: Skip Caray call of Cabrera's walk-off
Published: 2017/08/03
Channel: MLB
Skip Caray
Skip Caray's Call of Sid Bream's Slide Video
Published: 2014/07/10
Channel: Brian Stewart
Pete
Pete's Farewell to Skip
Published: 2008/08/10
Channel: georgiaboy100
Skip Caray Memorial Part 1
Skip Caray Memorial Part 1
Published: 2012/04/01
Channel: mscharen
Remembering Skip Caray (WGST Tribute)
Remembering Skip Caray (WGST Tribute)
Published: 2013/06/10
Channel: CKPiano1
Highlights
Highlights
Published: 2011/09/13
Channel: inductskipcaray
Bill Murray talks Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves baseball at Turner Field
Bill Murray talks Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves baseball at Turner Field
Published: 2016/06/14
Channel: FOX Sports South
Family Tradition
Family Tradition
Published: 2011/09/13
Channel: inductskipcaray
NBA on TBS Intro: Game 1, 1985 WC 1st Round; Lakers/Suns
NBA on TBS Intro: Game 1, 1985 WC 1st Round; Lakers/Suns
Published: 2015/11/29
Channel: gamelovercommercials
cubs at braves..Skip Caray and the blonde
cubs at braves..Skip Caray and the blonde
Published: 2013/10/29
Channel: labalt44
Headline News Sports - Skip Caray   Ernie Johnson
Headline News Sports - Skip Caray Ernie Johnson
Published: 2010/10/30
Channel: Tim Owen
Skip Caray Predicts Game Ending Double Play
Skip Caray Predicts Game Ending Double Play
Published: 2013/11/23
Channel: Justin Berg
Harry and Skip Caray commercial
Harry and Skip Caray commercial
Published: 2009/04/21
Channel: CrameronDiaz
ATL/WSH: Braves announcers ripping Nationals for unnecessary "rain" delay 7/6/17
ATL/WSH: Braves announcers ripping Nationals for unnecessary "rain" delay 7/6/17
Published: 2017/07/07
Channel: Nick Ramos
Braves Lead! Braves Lead! Skip Caray Great Call On David Justice
Braves Lead! Braves Lead! Skip Caray Great Call On David Justice
Published: 2014/07/01
Channel: CourtsideTweets
Atlanta Hawks v Indiana Pacers 1991
Atlanta Hawks v Indiana Pacers 1991
Published: 2006/08/08
Channel: zedbout
Turner Field First Season Atlanta Braves Preview TBS March 1997 Part 1
Turner Field First Season Atlanta Braves Preview TBS March 1997 Part 1
Published: 2012/10/03
Channel: Bob Parker
Skip Carey Tribute at Turner Field (8.13.08) [complete]
Skip Carey Tribute at Turner Field (8.13.08) [complete]
Published: 2008/09/29
Channel: holycowdude
1995 World Champs
1995 World Champs
Published: 2011/09/13
Channel: inductskipcaray
Singing
Singing
Published: 2011/09/13
Channel: inductskipcaray
Terry Pendleton HR: Braves Win! Braves Win!
Terry Pendleton HR: Braves Win! Braves Win!
Published: 2014/10/03
Channel: CourtsideTweets
Skip Caray  at the goodwill games
Skip Caray at the goodwill games
Published: 2016/05/21
Channel: TOMMY HAM
Cubs-Expos, April 3, 1998 (first 7th inning without Harry Caray)
Cubs-Expos, April 3, 1998 (first 7th inning without Harry Caray)
Published: 2015/02/03
Channel: Jeff Agrest
Tribute to Skip Caray
Tribute to Skip Caray
Published: 2008/09/10
Channel: mygirlsrb
Skip Caray Memorial Part 3
Skip Caray Memorial Part 3
Published: 2012/04/01
Channel: mscharen
Dansby Swanson - Tim calls it like the legendary Skip Caray; 5/2/16
Dansby Swanson - Tim calls it like the legendary Skip Caray; 5/2/16
Published: 2016/05/09
Channel: Dwayne Williams
Chip Caray at Skip
Chip Caray at Skip's Life Celebration
Published: 2009/03/06
Channel: johncrow62
Harry Skip Chip Caray Cubs Braves Take  me out to the ballgame
Harry Skip Chip Caray Cubs Braves Take me out to the ballgame
Published: 2016/11/17
Channel: gibomber
1992 NLCS, Game 7: Pirates @ Braves
1992 NLCS, Game 7: Pirates @ Braves
Published: 2010/10/02
Channel: MLBClassics
Skip Caray Predicts Jeffrey Leonard Double Play!
Skip Caray Predicts Jeffrey Leonard Double Play!
Published: 2014/07/15
Channel: CourtsideTweets
Skip Caray Memorial Part 4
Skip Caray Memorial Part 4
Published: 2012/04/01
Channel: mscharen
'92 NLCS, Gm 7 PIT@ATL: Bream beats Bonds' throw
Published: 2013/08/16
Channel: MLB
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Atlanta Braves (April 9, 1988)
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Atlanta Braves (April 9, 1988)
Published: 2017/07/08
Channel: Channel 6
Larry Caray
Larry Caray
Published: 2011/09/13
Channel: inductskipcaray
5/10/16 - JU - 6; FSU - 2; Tim/Skip Carey guest play-by-play man
5/10/16 - JU - 6; FSU - 2; Tim/Skip Carey guest play-by-play man
Published: 2016/06/04
Channel: Dwayne Williams
Harry Caray Surprises Jimmy Kimmel
Harry Caray Surprises Jimmy Kimmel
Published: 2016/10/25
Channel: Jimmy Kimmel Live
Josh Caray KAVU
Josh Caray KAVU
Published: 2015/04/12
Channel: JC
Chip Caray goes one-on-one with the one-and-only Vin Scully
Chip Caray goes one-on-one with the one-and-only Vin Scully
Published: 2016/06/05
Channel: FOX Sports South
Chip Caray Laughing About Slip-Up
Chip Caray Laughing About Slip-Up
Published: 2010/04/15
Channel: damitchl20
Atlanta Braves Baseball on TBS Theme (1996 - Early 2000s)
Atlanta Braves Baseball on TBS Theme (1996 - Early 2000s)
Published: 2010/02/05
Channel: Keenan Duff
1993 Re-Live the Moments (part four)
1993 Re-Live the Moments (part four)
Published: 2011/09/19
Channel: bravesfan19912011
Tribute
Tribute
Published: 2011/09/13
Channel: inductskipcaray
John Caponera- Vin Scully Harry Caray
John Caponera- Vin Scully Harry Caray
Published: 2011/08/14
Channel: juliotrinidad2009
NBA on TNT Intro (November 10, 1989): Celtics/Hawks
NBA on TNT Intro (November 10, 1989): Celtics/Hawks
Published: 2014/02/25
Channel: gamelovercommercials
Dansby Swanson - More Tim/Skip Caray commentary; 5/2/16
Dansby Swanson - More Tim/Skip Caray commentary; 5/2/16
Published: 2016/05/09
Channel: Dwayne Williams
Chip Caray Slip-Up
Chip Caray Slip-Up
Published: 2010/04/15
Channel: damitchl20
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Skip Caray
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Born Harry Christopher Caray Jr.
(1939-08-12)August 12, 1939
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Died August 3, 2008(2008-08-03) (aged 68)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Occupation Sportscaster
Spouse(s) Paula Caray
(m. 1976–2008; his death)
Children Chip, Cindy, Shayelyn and Josh Caray
Parent(s) Harry Caray
Skip and his granddaughter, Alex

Harry Christopher "Skip" Caray Jr. (August 12, 1939 – August 3, 2008) was an American sportscaster, best known for his long career as a radio and television play-by-play announcer for the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball. He was the son of baseball announcer Harry Caray, and the father of fellow Braves broadcaster Chip Caray; another son, Josh Caray, is a reporter for All News 106.7.[citation needed]

Biography[edit]

Early life and career[edit]

Skip Caray grew up in baseball as the son of Hall of Fame broadcaster Harry Caray, who would routinely refer to his son at 8:30 p.m. during every broadcast by saying, "Good night, Skippy", a phrase for which Skip was teased throughout his adolescence.[1]

He studied television and radio at the University of Missouri where he received a degree in journalism and was a member of Phi Gamma Delta.[2] He began his career in St. Louis calling Saint Louis University and St. Louis Hawks basketball. In 1968, Caray moved with the Hawks to Atlanta, where he also called Atlanta Flames hockey games and did morning sportscasts on WSB-AM.

Atlanta Braves[edit]

Skip Caray and Pete Van Wieren acknowledging fans at a game in 1983.
Skip and his daughter, Cindy

In 1976, he was added to the broadcast team for the Braves, a position he held until his death.[3] In September 2007, Caray was not asked to announce League Division Series games on TBS and was kept exclusive to the Braves as the team's broadcasts moved to local Atlanta network Peachtree TV (a direct descendant of the original WTBS). Caray felt slighted by the move.[4]

Skip Caray was inducted into the Atlanta Braves Hall of Fame in 2004 alongside long time Braves broadcaster Pete Van Wieren.[5] He has been recognized with six Georgia Sportscaster-of-the Year awards from the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association, as well as a Georgia-area Emmy award.[6]

On December 18, 2006, the Braves organization announced that Caray (and partner Van Wieren) had signed three-year contracts to continue doing Braves game broadcasts on their radio network. However, Caray only announced ten games on TBS in the 2007 season before being relegated to Peachtree TV.[7]

On the final broadcast of Braves TBS Baseball (September 30, 2007), Caray thanked fans saying, "To all you people who have watched the Braves for these 30 years ... thank you. We appreciate you more than you will ever know. ... Thank you folks and God bless you. And we're going to miss you every bit as much as you miss us."

Broadcasting style[edit]

Skip Caray's broadcasts were characterized by his witty and sarcastic sense of humor, a personality trait that endeared him to most fans, but alienated him from some.[8] For example, during a particularly long losing streak in the 1980s, Skip declared at the start of a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, "And, like lambs to the slaughter, the Braves take the field".[9] Other frequent targets of Skip's jokes included the Montreal Expos' mascot Youppi,[10] New York Mets fans, professional wrestling, TBS baseball broadcast producer Glenn Diamond, and the post game B-movie frequently shown on TBS during the 1980s.[11] In one instance, in order to get back at Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Ron Hudspeth for a critical column,[citation needed] Caray paid to have an airplane tow a banner above Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium during a Braves game which read, "For a good time, call Rona Hudspeth", and included Ron's actual phone number.[12]

Among other memorable lines, Caray said of Braves pitcher Charlie Kerfeld, who was 6'4" and 245 lbs., "Boy, he is big enough to go to work." And during a losing streak, after talking about a promotion in which Braves fans could come on the field and meet the players, Caray commented, "The way things are going, we may make the fans go through a metal detector on the way to the field."

Skip was also known for his tendency to identify the hometowns of fans who catch foul balls during Braves games in jest. Fans who reside in the metro Atlanta area were identified by a random suburb, though there was no legitimacy behind these references. Similarly, when daytime home games went long, Caray would routinely give a "traffic report" at exactly 5 o'clock on radio broadcasts. It consisted of him rattling off a random list of major Atlanta arteries, and describing each one as hopelessly backed up. When the Braves suffered a severely bad outing, and the score was strongly lopsided in favor of the other team, in late innings Skip would often tell fans "It's OK to walk the dog now, folks, if you promise to support our sponsors."[13]

In addition to his play-by-play duties, Caray also hosted a pre-game call in show, until 2004, during which he was notorious for insulting on-air fans with curt and sarcastic responses, particularly when asked baseball questions of the simplest order, such as "how do you calculate ERA?" or "could you please explain the infield fly rule?"[14]

Skip Caray's rather distinctive nasal voice had been parodied by former SportsCenter anchor Rich Eisen during highlights for Atlanta Braves games.

Criticism[edit]

In June 2000, Caray, along with fellow Braves broadcasters Joe Simpson, Pete Van Wieren and Don Sutton, was banned from Atlanta Braves team charter flights for several games after criticizing Braves catcher Javy López for being penalized for setting up outside the catchers box during a game against the Milwaukee Brewers.[15]

In an attempt to combat criticism of Caray's on-air "home team" bias and to market its baseball coverage to non-Braves fans, during the 2003 season, TBS removed Skip Caray and Pete Van Wieren from announcing Braves games on television. The move was strongly criticized by Braves fans, the local Atlanta media, and Braves manager Bobby Cox.[16] Over 90% of Braves fans who voted in an online poll conducted by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution preferred Caray and Van Wieren to the more neutral broadcasts.[17] The move backfired, and ratings for the TBS broadcasts declined sharply. After the All-Star Break, Caray and Van Wieren were returned to the booth, only to be taken off permanently in 2007 with TBS hiring new broadcasters for their playoff coverage later in the year.

NBC Sports[edit]

In 2000, NBC hired Caray to do play-by-play with Joe Morgan on the AL Division Series between the New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics. Caray was filling in for Bob Costas, who sat out the Division Series after anchoring NBC's prime time coverage of the Summer Olympic Games from Sydney, Australia.

Memorable calls[edit]

Otis Nixon's "Catch"[edit]

In 1992, Otis Nixon climbed the wall in right-center to preserve the Braves' 13-game winning streak:

There's a drive deep right-center field, Nixon goes as far as he can gooo...he caught the ball! He caught the ball! I can't believe it! What a catch by Otis Nixon! He took a home run away!

1992 National League Championship Series[edit]

During Game 7 of the 1992 National League Championship Series, Caray delivered this memorable line, as Francisco Cabrera drove in Sid Bream to win the pennant for the Braves:

A lotta room in right-center, if he hits one there, we can dance in the streets. The 2-1. Swung, line drive left field! One run is in! Here comes Bream! Here's the throw to the plate! He is...SAFE! Braves win! Braves win! Braves win! Braves win!...Braves win! They may have to hospitalize Sid Bream! He's down at the bottom of a huge pile at the plate! They help him to his feet. Frank Cabrera got the game winner! The Atlanta Braves are National League champions again! This crowd is going berserk, listen!

1995 World Series[edit]

Caray also delivered the call for the Braves' World Series win in 1995, as Mark Wohlers got Carlos Baerga to fly out to Marquis Grissom to end the game:

Mark gets the sign, the wind and the pitch here it is... swung, fly ball deep left center, Grissom on the run... Yes! Yes! Yes! The Atlanta Braves have given you a championship! Listen to this crowd! A mob scene on the field. Wohlers gets 'em one, two, three. A couple of fans rushing on the field. The Atlanta Braves have brought the first championship to Atlanta!

Other appearances[edit]

On December 11, 1982, Caray along with Abe Lemons called the much hyped college basketball contest between Virginia and Georgetown[18][19] (led by Ralph Sampson and Patrick Ewing[20] respectively) for TBS. Caray also called play-by-play for the first two seasons (1990–91) of the TNT network's Sunday night NFL coverage as well as TBS' coverage of the NBA and college football, and anchored TBS' coverage of the 1990 Goodwill Games. He made his motion picture debut in the 1985 movie The Slugger's Wife, starring Michael O'Keefe, Randy Quaid and Rebecca De Mornay. Caray frequently mocked his participation in the film on-air, and referred to it as one of the worst movies ever made, often saying that the actors in the movie probably watched it as the in-flight movie on their way back to Los Angeles.

Death[edit]

On August 3, 2008, the Atlanta Braves announced that Caray had died, nine days before what would have been his 69th birthday. His wife, Paula, reported to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that on Sunday afternoon when she thought her husband was napping, she looked out the window and saw a bird feeder not hanging where it should be and thought it had been blown down by the wind. When she stood up, she noticed her husband lying on the ground next to the bird feeder.[21] He had been suffering from failing health for nearly a year prior, but returned to work for the 2008 season, calling a game on radio as recently as three days before his death.[22] Tributes to Caray were given on all of the Atlanta television stations that evening and on WGST-AM the next morning.[23][24][25][26][27]

Shortly after Caray's death, the Atlanta Braves began wearing a memorial patch on their uniforms that read "SKIP", which appeared on the sleeve opposite the "BEACH" patch honoring Jim Beauchamp that they had been wearing since the beginning of the 2008 season.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Longtime voice of the Atlanta Braves". Los Angeles Times. August 5, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Famous Fijis". Phi Gamma Delta. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  3. ^ tbs.com
  4. ^ Skip Caray Feels Snubbed by TBS
  5. ^ atlanta.braves.mlb.com
  6. ^ abradionetwork
  7. ^ ajc.com
  8. ^ positivelyatlantaga.com/1999/10/18 #1
  9. ^ rateitall Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ Why I Hate Those Braves Archived 2005-12-30 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ http://www.ajc.com/blogs/content/shared-blogs/ajc/bradley/entries/2008/08/10/truth_be_told_van_wieren_wont.html
  12. ^ thehudespethreport.com
  13. ^ Of Mikes and Men, Pete Van Wieren
  14. ^ positivelyatlantaga.com/1999/10/18 #2
  15. ^ wndu.com Archived 2001-05-12 at Archive.is
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 13, 2003. Retrieved 2003-04-13. 
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 5, 2007. Retrieved 2017-05-30. 
  18. ^ Rothenberg, Fred (22 July 1982). "Superstation Wtbs Fights Network Methods, Programs". Toldeo Blade. Retrieved 21 June 2011. 
  19. ^ Richard, Chris (22 July 1982). "Awesome Basketball Game Spotlights Sampson-Ewing Confrontation". The Cavalier Daily. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  20. ^ Meade, Peter (8 December 1982). "The Biggest Showdown?". The Times-News. Retrieved 21 June 2011. 
  21. ^ Caray's Wife Says He Collapsed While Feeding Birds Atlanta Journal-Constitution, August 5, 2008. Accessed August 5, 2008.
  22. ^ http://www.ajc.com/sports/content/sports/braves/stories/2008/08/03/skip_caray_dies.html?cxntlid=homepage_tab_newstab
  23. ^ myfoxatlanta.com (WAGA-TV) announcement of Skip Caray's death. – accessed August 4, 2008.
  24. ^ cbs46.com (WGCL-TV) announcement of Caray's death. Archived 2008-09-16 at the Wayback Machine. – accessed August 4, 2008.
  25. ^ WGST 640 AM tribute to Caray. – accessed August 4, 2008.
  26. ^ wsbtv.com (WSB-TV) announcement of Caray's death. Archived 2008-08-22 at the Wayback Machine. – accessed August 4, 2008.
  27. ^ 11alive.com (WXIA-TV) announcement of Caray's death. – accessed August 4, 2008.

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