All-Star catcher and Hall of Fame broadcaster Tim McCarver passed away on Thursday. He was 81.
McCarver, who during 60 years in baseball won two World Series titles with the St. Louis Cardinals and had a long run as the one of the country’s most recognized baseball commentators.
McCarver played 21 MLB seasons, for the Cardinals, Phillies, Expos and Red Sox. He was a member of the Cardinals World Series teams in 1964 and ’67, and made the All-Star game in 1966 and ’67.
In 1,909 career regular-season games, McCarver batted .271 with 97 home runs and 645 RBIs. He was among the few players to appear in major league games in four different decades.
The two-time All Star catcher worked closely with two future Hall of Fame pitchers, Bob Gibson and Steve Carlton.
McCarver switched to broadcasting after retiring in 1980. He became best known to national audiences for his 18-year partnership on Fox with play-by-play man Joe Buck.
McCarver won three Emmy Awards as a color commentator, notably for Fox Sports. In 2012, he won the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting and was also inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
Tim McCarver. Photo courtsey of USA Today