Long­time Braves broad­caster Van Wieren dies at 69

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

AT­LANTA (AP) — Pete Van Wieren, the be­spec­ta­cled broad­caster who was part of the land­mark team that car­ried At­lanta Braves games through­out the na­tion on Ted Turner’s “Su­per­Sta­tion,” died Satur­day af­ter a long bat­tle with can­cer, the team said. He was 69.

Af­fec­tion­ately known as “The Pro­fes­sor” for his en­cy­clo­pe­dic knowl­edge of the game and long hours of re­search be­fore each broad­cast, Van Wieren spent 33 years with the Braves be­fore re­tir­ing in 2008, shortly af­ter the death of his long­time part­ner Skip Caray.

“The At­lanta Braves are deeply sad­dened by the pass­ing of Pete Van Wieren,” the team said in a state­ment. “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.”

A na­tive of Rochester, New York, Van Wieren had been calling games for the Triple-A Tide­wa­ter Tides when the Braves hired him be­fore the 1976 sea­son to join a new three-man broad­cast team with Caray and Ernie John­son.

The trio would soon be­come known to base­ball fans around the na­tion thanks to Turner, the team’s brash owner, who be­gan beam­ing games via satel­lite on a once-ob­scure At­lanta tele­vi­sion sta­tion.

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