Sunday, August 10, 2008

RIP Skip Caray

By Rick Morris

EDIT: This idiocy with YouTube and the corporations that are suppressing web videos willy-nilly is getting out of hand. Somebody, somewhere, I can only surmise that it was with Turner Sports, got the wonderful Ernie Johnson tribute video pulled from YouTube that I had previously embedded. God forbid that the green eyeshades jerks who are policing copyright violations make an exception for an inspiring tribute to a man's life. Shame on whoever the cretins were that were responsible for this outrage.

Growing up when I did, during a period of time when the Atlanta Braves were becoming “America’s Team” on SuperStation TBS, I spent a lot of time watching their games on TV and listening to their broadcast crew. A fixture on that team for 33 years was Skip Caray and it was with great sadness that I learned of his passing this week at age 68.

This great tribute that Turner Sports aired this past week says it all. In Ernie Johnson’s stirring on-air eulogy, he notes that Skip was very much his own man as a broadcaster notwithstanding being the son of one of the most famous men in the business in Harry Caray. It was just over a decade ago that the game of baseball lost Harry’s distinctive contributions and now, much more shockingly, Skip’s voice has been stilled as well. RIP Skip Caray.

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