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Longtime Braves announcer Van Wieren dies

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.

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