Pete Van Wieren, who called Braves games with Skip Caray as Atlanta became “America’s Team” on TBS broadcasts from 1976-2008, died Saturday of complications from B-cell lymphoma. He was 69.
Van Wieren died almost six years to the day of Caray’s death. Both were inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame in 2004.
The Braves issued a statement that read: “The Atlanta Braves are deeply saddened by the passing of Pete Van Wieren. 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.”
Van Wieren also called NBA, NHL and Big Ten football games, but was best known for the Braves telecasts.
Here’s a sampling of what some former Braves and others were saying about Van Wieren’s passing.
Sad day in Braves Country as Pete Van Wieren has passed. Grew up watchin him every night. We will miss you buddy!
— Chipper Jones (@RealCJ10) August 2, 2014
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) August 3, 2014
Pendleton: "It was a pleasure for me to get to know Pete van Wieren. Awesome, honest man who was truly concerned with your life" #Braves
— Kevin McAlpin (@KevinMcAlpin) August 2, 2014
— Jason_Aldean (@Jason_Aldean) August 2, 2014
RIP Pete Van Wieren. One of the all-time greats, a class act. One of my great thrills was getting to do a radio game with The Professor.
— Jon Sciambi (@BoogSciambi) August 2, 2014
Heartbroken to hear about Pete Van Wieren's passing. 1 of my all-time favorite b'casters/people. Sweetheart of a guy. "The Professor" …
— Len Kasper (@LenKasper) August 2, 2014
Heartfelt condolences to #Braves fans and family of the wonderful Pete Van Wieren. Dedicated, positive, passionate, professorial. Legend.
— josh lewin (@joshlewinstuff) August 2, 2014
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) August 2, 2014
Pete Van Wieren, consummate pro and the perfect foil for Skip Caray, will be missed.
— Joe Strauss (@JoeStrauss) August 2, 2014
— sabr (@sabr) August 2, 2014