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Of Mikes and Men: A Lifetime of Braves Baseball
     

Of Mikes and Men: A Lifetime of Braves Baseball

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by Pete Van Wieren
 

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As a boy growing up in upstate New York, Pete Van Wieren dreamed of becoming the play-by-play voice of his hometown heroes, the Triple A Rochester Red Wings. Instead, he found big-league broadcast heaven in Atlanta. In 1976, Van Wieren and another young broadcaster named Skip Caray, son of the legendary Harry Caray, were hired to call Atlanta Braves games. Over the

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As a boy growing up in upstate New York, Pete Van Wieren dreamed of becoming the play-by-play voice of his hometown heroes, the Triple A Rochester Red Wings. Instead, he found big-league broadcast heaven in Atlanta. In 1976, Van Wieren and another young broadcaster named Skip Caray, son of the legendary Harry Caray, were hired to call Atlanta Braves games. Over the next three decades, they were the voices of America's Team, as the Braves became known thanks to Ted Turner's TBS superstation. For 33 seasons, Van Wieren - nicknamed "the Professor" for his scholarly approach to baseball and resemblance to a college professor - saw it all and called it all, including mercurial owner Ted Turner's one-game stint as the Braves' manager in 1976. And then, in the midst of 15 seasons of mostly awful and often hilariously inept baseball, came the Miracle of 1991, when the Braves went from worst to first, captured Atlanta's heart, and nearly won one of the greatest World Series ever played.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781617490859
Publisher:
Triumph Books
Publication date:
04/01/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,261,518
File size:
661 KB

Meet the Author


Pete Van Wieren is the former play-by-play voice of the Atlanta Braves. He is an 11-time winner of the Georgia Sportscaster of the Year Award and was inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame in 2004. He lives in Alpharetta, Georgia. Jack Wilkinson is an official scorer for the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field and has worked for newspapers in Miami, Chicago, New York, and Atlanta. He is a three-time Georgia Sportswriter of the Year.

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