GAB Says Goodbye To Hall of Fame Broadcaster, Voice of The Braves Pete Van Wieren
The Georgia Association of Broadcasters mourns the passing of GAB Hall of Fame Broadcaster Pete Van Wieren. Van Wieren and Skip Caray were the voice of Atlanta Braves baseball from 1976 until 2008, an era that included last place clubs, dramatic playoff wins and a World Championship in 1995. He is credited by nearly everyone he worked with as being the most prepared broadcaster they had ever seen. “The Professor’s” voice was an easy listen, calling balls and strikes on radio stations throughout the Southeast on countless summer nights over the years. In that sense, Pete Van Wieren will live forever in the memories of Braves fans.
GAB President Bob Houghton remembers Van Wieren. “It was a privilege to be a part of the Georgia Association of Broadcasters effort that elected Pete Van Wieren to our Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2013. He was the consummate professional and a truly nice guy. On behalf of Georgia Broadcasters and baseball fans across the country we wish him peace, and remember him fondly.”
Over the years Pete Van Wieren also called basketball, football, and hockey games for Atlanta and regional teams. He retired from the Braves microphone at the conclusion of the 2008 season, three months after his on-air partner Skip Caray passed away. In 2010 he published his memoir Of Mikes and Men: A Lifetime of Braves Baseball.
Pete Van Wieren and Skip Caray were inducted into the GAB Hall of Fame in 2013, with Pete speaking for he and Skip at GAB Honors Night. He is survived by his wife of fifty years, Elaine, sons Jon and Steve, daughter-in-law Starla, and granddaughters Chaney, Grace and Becca.