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Tim McCarver dead at 81: Remembering A Baseball Icon


Tim McCarver, a renowned baseball player and broadcaster, passed away at age 81 on Thursday morning due to heart failure. McCarver played in the major leagues for 21 seasons and had a successful broadcasting career, covering 23 World Series and earning numerous awards for his work. He was widely respected in the baseball community, and his passing has left many fans and colleagues mourning his loss.

Why it matters: Reflecting on the Life and Legacy of Tim McCarver

  • Tim McCarver, legendary baseball player and broadcaster, has passed away.
  • McCarver played in the major leagues for 21 seasons and was a two-time All-Star.
  • He had a successful broadcasting career, covering 23 World Series and earning numerous awards.
  • McCarver was widely respected in baseball, and his passing has left many fans and colleagues mourning his loss.

The Big Picture: Tim McCarver’s Impact on Baseball

McCarver was a beloved figure in the baseball world, known for his extensive knowledge of the game and his passion for sharing it with others. He played a key role in the sport’s evolution as a player and broadcaster. McCarver was also known for his philanthropic efforts, including his work with the Tim McCarver Foundation, which provides scholarships to needy students. His legacy will continue to impact the sport and inspire future players and broadcasters.

Tim McCarver By the Numbers

Tim McCarver played in the major leagues for 21 seasons.

  • He was a two-time All-Star.
  • He finished second in MVP voting in 1967
  • McCarver was a part of two World Series champions — the ’64 and ’67 Cardinals. 
  • McCarver covered 23 World Series as a broadcaster.
  • He won three Sports Emmy Awards for Outstanding Sports Personality/Analyst.
  • He received the Ford C. Frick award for broadcasting in 2012
  • McCarver was inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2016

Tim McCarver’s impact on baseball cannot be overstated, and the numbers only tell a small part of his story. His passion for the game and his dedication to sharing his knowledge with others is what truly set him apart.

What they are saying

  • Tim McCarver, the two-time World Series champion and All-Star catcher who played 21 seasons in the major leagues and later was the lead color analyst for 23 World Series broadcasts, died Thursday, according to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. McCarver was 81. – @JeffPassan
  • “We mourn the passing of Tim McCarver, an All-Star catcher and decorated baseball broadcaster for generations of fans. He was 81.” – @mlb
  • When Steve [Carlton] and I die, we are going to be buried 60-feet 6-inches apart. –Tim McCarver

The Bottom Line – Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Tim McCarver

Tim McCarver was a true icon of the baseball world, known for his passion, knowledge, and dedication to the sport. He will be deeply missed by fans, colleagues, and friends alike. However, his legacy will live on as he continues to inspire future generations of players and broadcasters. Rest in peace, Tim McCarver, our sincerest condolences to his family, friends, and everyone he has inspired over the years.

Written by Jeff Bilbrey

Founder of Detroit Sports Nation - Jeff Bilbrey manages the day to day operations of Detroit Sports Nation as well as all content delivery systems, ad networks and social platforms. Email him at [email protected]

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