Longtime Braves’ broadcaster Skip Caray has passed away. He was always entertaining, from his unapologetic homerism to his sarcastic humor. He’s always been a part of my baseball experience, and even though he hasn’t been on TV or the radio as much this year after his illness last winter, I’ll miss getting the chance to hear him just the same.
You might remember this call, which was probably his most famous, from the final play of the 1992 NLCS:
A lotta room in right-center, if he hits one there we can dance in the streets. The 2-1. Swung, line drive left field! One run is in! Here comes Bream! Here’s the throw to the plate! He is…safe! Braves win! Braves win! Braves win! Braves win!…Braves win! They may have to hospitalize Sid Bream; he’s down at the bottom of a huge pile at the plate. They help him to his feet. Frank Cabrera got the game winner! The Atlanta Braves are National League champions again! This crowd is going berserk, listen!
Save for Hank Aaron’s 715th career homer, that may be the most memorable play in Atlanta Braves history. It probably cemented the fandom of thousands of young kids like me, because we actually, finally, had a winner. That time, it wasn’t even a fluke.
Send some good thoughts and prayers to the Caray family. The Braves have lost an icon, and a fan from Ringgold will be thinking about him.