The 2000 season is Skip Caray's 25th in
calling games for the Atlanta Braves on TBS Superstation. He joined
TBS in 1972 as the voice of the Atlanta Hawks and was added to the
Braves' telecasts in 1976.
The former play-by-play voice for TNT's
NFL coverage in 1990-91, TBS' coverage of the 1990 Goodwill Games,
and Hawks games on TBS from 1990-92, Caray was nominated for a 1994
Cable ACE Award in the Sports Play-by-Play category.
He came to broadcasting naturally as the
son of Harry Caray, the Chicago Cubs Hall of Fame announcer. A high
school all-city linebacker in St. Louis, Caray began his broadcasting
career with KMOX Radio after a career-ending knee injury. His son,
Chip, calls NBA games for the Orlando Magic and baseball games for
Born in St. Louis, Caray graduated from
the University of Missouri with honors in journalism. He has been
recognized with six Georgia Sportscaster of the Year awards and
a Georgia Area Emmy.
Joe Simpson joined Turner Sports for the
1992 Atlanta Braves baseball season after working as an analyst
on the Seattle Mariners' telecasts for five years. His playing career
spanned 11 seasons, beginning in 1973 when he was drafted by the
Los Angeles Dodgers in the third round. He joined the Mariners in
1979 before being traded to the Kansas City Royals in 1983. An outfielder
and first baseman throughout his professional career, he retired
from the California Angels organization following the 1984 season.
Born in Purcell, Oklahoma, Simpson was
an All-American outfielder and first baseman at the University of
After a 23-year playing career that included
324 wins and finishing fifth on the all-time strikeout list, Don
Sutton joined Turner Sports as an analyst for Atlanta Braves
telecasts during the 1989 season.
One of the most durable pitchers of the
modern era, the Clio, Alabama, native appeared in 774 games and
completed 178. While playing with the Los Angeles Dodgers, he set
personal bests for wins (21), innings pitched (293), games (41),
ERA (2.21, which led the National League in 1980), starts (40),
strikeouts (217) and complete games (18). He was named National
League Rookie of the Year by The Sporting News in 1966 after
compiling a 12-12 record with a 2.99 ERA and 209 strikeouts for
His network broadcasting experience includes
pre- and post-game analysis for NBC's 1987 League Championship series
coverage. He has also served as a sportscaster for KNBC in Los Angeles,
as well as a course reporter on TBS' professional golf coverage
of the Hawaiian Open, PGA Championship and PGA Grand Slam of Golf,
and TNT's coverage of the Sarazen World Open Championship.
PETE VAN WIEREN
Pete Van Wieren is in his 24th season as
a play-by-play announcer for the Atlanta Braves on TBS Superstation,
tying him for seniority with Skip Caray.
An eight-time winner of the Georgia Sportscaster of the Year Award
from the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association, Van
Wieren served as play-by-play announcer for the Atlanta Hawks on
TBS from 1991-94. He has also worked NBA games for TNT and TBS since
In 1985-86, he served as play-by-play
announcer for TBS Sports' coverage of Big Ten Conference college
football games. He has covered the Atlanta Flames of the National
Hockey League, the Hawks and Atlanta Falcons NFL preseason football
since joining the network in 1975. He has also served as a sports
reporter for CNN.