Tim McCarver, two-time World Series champion and TV broadcaster, dies at 81
Tim McCarver, MLB veteran and baseball commentator, died Thursday at the age of 81. National Baseball Hall of Fame announced. The cause of death has not been reported.
The two-time World Series winner and two-time All-Star with the St. Louis Cardinals played 21 seasons in major tournaments before moving into the broadcast booth after retiring in 1980. He also played for the Philadelphia Phillies, the Montreal Expos, and the Boston Red Sox. McCarver continued to host games for the Phillies, New York Mets, New York Yankees, and San Francisco Giants from 1980 to 2002, and worked with national broadcasts for ABC, CBS, and Fox.
He and Joe Buck did memorable duet for FOX from 1996 to 2013. In total, during his career, McCarver played 23 World Series and 20 All-Star Games. He received the Ford C. Frick Broadcasting Award in 2012 and was inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2016. He has also won three Emmy Sports Awards during his career.
As a batter, McCarver finished his career with a .337 on-base percentage and a .725 OPS. He had 645 career RBIs and 97 home runs in 1909 games. During his three World Series appearances in 1964, 1967, and 1968, McCarver hit .311 with two home runs and 11 RBIs.
“All of us in Major League Baseball are grateful to Tim for his impact on sports broadcasts and for his distinguished career in our national pastime,” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. “I express my deepest condolences to Tim’s family, his friends and generations of fans who learned about our great game from him.”
Cardinals and Phillies honor McCarver
The teams with which McCarver was most closely associated expressed their thoughts and condolences on his passing.