Longtime Braves Announcer Van Wieren Dies

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.