SBD/Issue 219/Sports Industrialists
Longtime Braves Broadcaster Skip Caray Dies At Age Of 68
Published August 4, 2008
|Caray Dies At Age Of 68|
LASTING IMPRESSION: In Atlanta, Mark Bradley wrote Caray "wasn't from the neo-announcer's school of happy talk." In an industry "predicated on likeability, he really didn't care if you liked him or not. He said what he thought -- near the end of a lopsided game, he famously intoned: 'If you promise to patronize our sponsors, you have permission to go walk the dog'" (AJC.com, 8/3). Also in Atlanta, Carroll Rogers notes news of Caray's passing "hit the Braves family hard." Braves P JOHN SMOLTZ: "I will always remember Skip for his humor and his ability to go about life the way he did." Braves P TOM GLAVINE: "For so long, he was what people associated with the Atlanta Braves. Turn on TBS, and there was Skip. Good times, bad times, that was the constant. The voice people identify the Braves with is Skip Caray. That's going to be missed" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 8/4). In Albany, Pete Dougherty wrote, "Caray probably was at his best when the Braves were at their worst in the 1980s, using a dry wit to enlighten otherwise-dull games" (TIMESUNION.com, 8/3). WWAY-ABC's Kevin Wuzzardo writes, "When you spend years painting the picture of a horrid team, you have to be colorful. Skip Caray was MICHELANGELO, MONET and MAGRITTE rolled into one" (WWAYTV3.com, 8/4). AWFUL ANNOUNCING's Brian Powell writes, "The Baseball community lost a good one yesterday. ... I grew up watching Braves games on TBS and he was always one of the guys I enjoyed listening to" (AWFULANNOUNCING.BLOGSPOT.com, 8/4).