Our Hats off to You, Skip
Atlanta Braves play-by-play announcer Skip Caray passed away on Sunday at the age of 68. Caray had had some major health issues within the last year, and said that he almost passed away last October 2007. Caray is survived by his wife and four children, one of which has been a play-by-play announcer for the Braves, Chip Caray.
Not everyone enjoyed Skip Caray, but I thought he was great. Skip’s one of a kind dry sarcasm set him apart from other play-by-play announcers. Once during a game in which Greg Maddux was pitching, the mic caught a rather loud swear word, and Skip said “Maddux evidently not happy about that pitch”. During the terrible 1980’s where the Braves were a losing team, Caray had this to say when the Braves took the field: “And, like lambs to the slaughter, the Braves take the field”. He also had fun with former Braves pitcher Jung Bong and his name. Everytime an opposing hitter got a hit off of him, Caray said: “that’s another hit off Bong”. Former Sportscenter anchor Rich Eisen was well known for imitating Skip Caray during Braves highlights.
Skip Caray grew up in the shadows of his father Harry Caray. He started his broadcasting career calling the Saint Louis University and St. Louis Hawks basketball games. Back when the hockey team was the Atlanta Flames, Caray also called their games. Caray has been in Atlanta for 32 years calling games for the Braves. He called the exciting 1992 NLCS against the Pittsburgh Pirates when Sid Bream slid into home for the winning run. He also called the 1995 World Series, the only World Series won by Atlanta.
Our hats off to you, Skip, you were great!