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Voice of the Braves, Skip Caray, dies

POSTED: August 7, 2008 5:00 a.m.
/The Associated Press

In this May 13, 1991 file photo, Hall of Fame baseball announcer Harry Caray, center, with his son Skip, right, and grandson Chip, pose together in Chicago. The three generations were to broadcast the Cubs and Atlanta Braves game that night. Longtime Atlanta Braves broadcaster Skip Caray died Sunday in his home at 68.

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Longtime Atlanta Braves announcer Skip Caray died Sunday at his Atlanta-area home. He was 68.

According to a report on the team’s Web site, Caray took a nap Sunday afternoon and did not awaken. He is survived by his wife, Paula, two sons, Chip and Josh, tow daughters, Shayelyn and Cindy, and seven grandchildren.

"Our baseball community has lost a legend today," Braves president John Schuerholz said. "The Braves family and Braves fans everywhere will sadly miss him."

Caray, who began broadcasting Braves games in 1976 battled multiple ailments over the past year that he linked to diabetes. When he wasn’t available to broadcast the weekend series with the Brewers, it was revealed that he was suffering from bronchitis.

Caray’s son’s will carry on the family’s broadcasting tradition, which began with Skip’s father Harry Caray, a Hall of Fame announcer. Josh currently calls game for the Braves’ Class A affiliate in Rome, and Chip serves as both a Braves announcer and the play-by-play announcer for TBS’ Major League Baseball coverage. He was broadcasting Sunday’s game between the Angels and Yankees in New York when her heard the startling news about this father.

"I’m just in shock," Chip said. "I know he wasn’t feeling good, but this was unexpected. He hung the moon for me. I got to talke to him (on Saturday), and the last thing I got to say to him was, ‘I love you.’"

Caray was hospitalized during the latter portion of last season and face more complications after the season concluded.

Caray battled back and spent most of last winter fighting ailments that were affecting his liver, kidneys and heart.

When he returned to broadcast games at the beginning of this season, he talked about his near-death experience.

"I’m 68," he said on April 2. "If I go tonight, I’ve had a hell of a life."

Born in St. Louis, Caray was a graduate of the University of Missouri, with honors in journalism.

Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later time.


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