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Longtime Braves broadcaster Pete Van Wieren passes away after battle with cancer

Aug 2, 2014, 11:52 AM EDT

Pete Van Wieren Getty Getty Images

Sad news to pass along this morning, as the Braves have announced that longtime broadcaster Pete Van Wieren has passed away following a long battle with cancer. He was 69 years old.

Nicknamed “The Professor,” Van Wieren called Braves games on television and radio for 33 seasons from 1976-2008. He became well-known nationally as a part of the TBS booth alongside the likes of Skip Caray, Ernie Johnson Sr., Don Sutton, and Joe Simpson. During his time with Turner Sports, he also broadcasted NBA, NHL, and Big Ten Conference football games.

Van Wieren was inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame in 2004 along with Caray. After his retirement in 2008, he released a book entitled “Of Mikes and Men: A Lifetime of Braves Baseball,” which was co-written with Jack Wilkinson. The picture to the right is from a pre-game ceremony for Hank Aaron at the Braves home opener this past April.

Our thoughts are with Van Wieren’s family, friends, and colleagues.

  1. cranbery - Aug 2, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    R.I.P and thanks for the memories.

  2. MisterJ167 - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    RIP, and condolences to the family. He is already missed.

  3. bronco58lb - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    Van Wieren and Skip Caray, gone way too young. I miss them both:-(

  4. realgone2 - Aug 2, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    Ohhh some jerk off learned how to use the thumbs down. Get bent. RIP Professor

  5. gargamelsmentor - Aug 2, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    Whoever is thumbs-downing, there is a special place in hell waiting for you.

  6. mungman69 - Aug 2, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    Remember him well. A great pro.

  7. gargamelsmentor - Aug 2, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    Wayyyy back before we had 500 TV channels to choose from, the only exposure us baseball fans could get on TV were the Cubs on WGN and the Braves on TBS. Harry Caray and Steve Stone (for the Cubs) and Skip Caray and Pete (for the Braves), helped teach so many of us about the game. Even though I grew up a Cardinals fan in Clearwater, Florida, I tuned in to both broadcasts every day/night during the summer in large part because of them. Sad day.

    • realgone2 - Aug 2, 2014 at 4:15 PM


  8. bringbackkosar - Aug 2, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    I remember one broadcast, that evening’s trivia question was “What Brave hit the most doubles in one season?” Van Wieren’s guess was “Skip Caray” awesome! BTW correct answer is Dale Murphy. RIP Pete

  9. Steven Keys - Aug 2, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    In early 80s when it was broadcast TV and cable, there were four ways to get a ball-game: local, WGN (Cubs), TBS (Braves) and NBC’s Saturday afternoon telecast . Being from Chicago, the wit & wisdom of Harry Caray and Steve Stone proved my preference. But while I never took kindly to the presumptory “America’s Team” tag that some TBS production-mgr spawned, Atlanta’s capable crew of Pete, Ernie & and Skip Caray were also a common companion of this fan on many a summer night.

    Pete was a pro w/ fine speaking voice and didn’t pander to trends like today’s boring obsession with dissection of pitch selection. The TV and radio waves are lesser without Mr. Van Wieren’s voice.

    • natstowngreg - Aug 2, 2014 at 6:56 PM

      In our cable market in Northern Virginia, we got WTBS and WOR (Mets). Pete Van Wieiren was a nice counterpoint to Skip Caray’s sarcasm. RIP.

  10. barrywhererufrom - Aug 2, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    How in the world does any thumbs down a comment that stated RIP and you will be missed. ..freaking losers

  11. wisbadgfan - Aug 2, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    I also don’t understand all the thumbs down.

    A well respected man and a very fine broadcaster has passed away. I always enjoyed listening to Pete Van Wieren—–a pros pro.

    RIP——you will be missed.

    • Steven Keys - Aug 2, 2014 at 5:30 PM

      It (“thumbs down(s)”) is either a weird kid or peevish adult. If Pete’s watching, he understands.

  12. shyts7 - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    Sad to see him go. I always loved listening to Pete, Skip, Don Sutton, & Joe Simpson on Braves games on TBS. That announcing crew along with Harry Carey and Steve Stone for the Cubs called a lot of games on tv back in the day. Miss having those announcers. They are better than what we have now.

  13. wpjohnson - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    Pete was a good man.

  14. indaburg - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    I remember him on TBS. Cancer is a terrible way to go at any age. My condolences to his family.

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