Tim McCarver, longtime MLB broadcaster and player, passed away

Tim McCarver, a legendary broadcaster who also won two World Series during his long Major League Baseball career, died Thursday at the age of 81, according to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

“Tim McCarver was an All-Star, a World Series Champion, a respected teammate, and one of the game’s most influential voices,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. “During his 21-year career, Tim was a key member of great Cardinals and Phillies teams. His analysis and attention to detail in the booth brought fans closer to our game and how it is played and managed. Tim’s approach improved the fan experience on our biggest stages and on Mets, Yankees, and Cardinals broadcasts.”

McCarver made his major league debut in 1959 with the St. Louis Cardinals, with whom he won two World Series. Before retiring in 1980, McCarver played for the Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos, and Boston Red Sox.

McCarver went on to work as a broadcaster for the Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Mets, New York Yankees, and San Francisco Giants. Later, he worked as an analyst for Fox, ABC, and CBS, calling a then-record 23 World Series and 20 All-Star Games. McCarver received the Ford C. Frick Award from the Hall of Fame in 2012 for his Emmy-winning work in the booth.

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