Used to listen to a boat-load of Atlanta Braves baseball games back in the day on 1470, 1400, 790, 750 and other AM radio stations and the voice of Pete Van Wieren was smooth and knowledgable and you could hear him every night alongside Skip Caray….How crazy it is, that Van Wieren died just one day shy of the anniversary of the death of his old broadcast partner, Skip Caray…Gone this past Saturday, Pete Van Wieren, and we hope that ‘The Prfessor’ will rest on in peace….Ernie Johnson Sr., Milo Hamilton, Pete Van Wieren, Skip Caray, Joe Simpson, Don Sutton, Mark Lemke, they had some very good Braves baseball announcers over the years calling/annoucning their games….Used to pick some of those Braves games on 750AM WSB out of Atlanta and still remember the night, ‘Sid(Bream) slid’….Locals Wayne Butler and Don Tilley were die-hard Braves fans and also for sure big fans of ‘The Professor’ Pete Van Wieren….I’m sure others would love to know more and we have more on the life and death of Pete Van Wieren below, from the Atlanta Braves web site at MLB.com/www.mlb.com…..
Former Atlanta Braves’ announcer Pete Van Wieren lost his long battle with cancer on Saturday morning August 2. He was 69.
Van Wieren’s family said he passed peacefully while resting at his suburban Atlanta home. Van Wieren’s passing comes one day shy of the sixth anniversary of the death of his close friend and longtime broadcast partner Skip Caray. Van Wieren and Caray called Braves games together for 33 seasons (1976-2008).
Those who remember the days of the Braves being broadcast nationwide on TBS will always remember Skip and Pete as the voices that brought baseball into their living room on a nightly basis.
“He was a great friend, colleague and mentor,” said current Braves broadcaster Chip Caray. “He was a true professional and a tremendous man. I learned more from Pete about broadcasting than I did from anybody else. I will always be grateful for the time we shared together.”
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.”