Atlanta Braves Announcer Skip Caray Memorial

The broadcast partner of the late Skip Caray, Pete Van Wieren, speaks at a memorial service held for Atlanta Braves announcer Skip Caray at Turner Field on August 12, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia. Skip Caray passed away on August 3, 2008. (Paul Abell/MLB Photos via Getty Images / August 12, 2008)


Former longtime Atlanta Braves broadcaster Pete Van Wieren died Saturday morning after a long battle with cancer. He was 69.


Van Wieren, nicknamed "The Professor," called Braves games on television and radio from 1976-2008. He became well-known, nationally, as a part of the broadcast team on TBS. Over the years, he worked with Skip Caray, Ernie Johnson Sr., Don Sutton and Joe Simpson. He also broadcasted NBA, NHL, and Big Ten Conference football games on TBS.


Van Wieren was inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame in 2004 with Caray. He penned a book in 2010 entitled "Of Mikes and Men: A Lifetime of Braves Baseball," which was co-written by Jack Wilkinson.


"Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Elaine, sons Jon and Steve and his grandchildren," the Braves said in a statement.