Chip Caray could replace Dan McLaughlin on Cardinals telecasts

Could there be one other Caray carrying on the household custom on Cardinals broadcasts?

Sources mentioned Monday that Chip Caray, grandson of legendary Cards announcer Harry Caray, is a first-rate candidate to replace Dan McLaughlin because the play-by-play broadcaster on Bally Sports Midwest’s Cards telecasts.

Sources additionally mentioned one other sturdy contender, Seattle Mariners broadcaster Aaron Goldsmith, has withdrawn his identify for consideration. Goldsmith, who went to highschool at Principia Upper School, in St. Louis County, and faculty at Principia, in Elsah, Ill., declined remark.

Goldsmith, 39, and Caray, 57, are believed to have interviewed for the place.

The individual employed will work for Bally Sports Midwest, and officers there should not commenting on the search to replace McLaughlin, who left by “mutual resolution” final month following his third drunken-driving arrest in just a little greater than a dozen years. This one carried a felony cost.

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Caray, who could not instantly be reached, is an announcer on Bally Sports South and Bally Sports Southeast telecasts of the Atlanta Braves and likewise has had high-profile stints broadcasting the Chicago Cubs and baseball normally for Fox in addition to Turner Sports. He is the son of Skip Caray, who labored in St. Louis at KMOX (1120 AM) for which his duties included broadcasting video games of the NBA’s Hawks. He went with them after they moved to Atlanta in 1968 and have become a preferred determine there and likewise nationally when he added calling Braves contests to his resume. That was when TBS was televising their video games throughout the nation on cable.

Chip Caray, like his father and grandfather, grew up in St. Louis. He was born in 1965 and moved along with his household to Atlanta in ’68. His dad and mom divorced a short while later, then his mom moved again to St. Louis with Chip and a sister. Chip graduated from Parkway West High in 1983.

He additionally spent some summers as a teen in Atlanta along with his father, and after highschool enrolled on the University of Georgia for 2 causes — it had a very good journalism program and he additionally wished to develop nearer to his father.

“My sister and I did not get to spend a lot time with him, as a result of on the time he was working 12 months a yr doing basketball and baseball,” Chip as soon as instructed the Post-Dispatch. “It was vital for me to get to know my dad.”

Harry Caray, who referred to as Cardinals video games from 1945-69, died in 1998. Skip Caray handed away in 2008.

Chip was happy with his grandfather, who after his Cardinals days grew to become a legend in Chicago — and nationwide — along with his everyman’s method to broadcasting Cubs video games on WGN. Those telecasts have been seen throughout the nation on cable, and Chip was glad to construct a bond with him within the elder’s latter years after having had a distant relationship with him earlier. They had been scheduled to work collectively for about 50 video games in 1998.

“Holy Cow! What a Christmas current!” Harry Caray mentioned when the plan was introduced, including that he had two needs earlier than he died — to have one other martini and to work along with his grandson.

Chip, who turns 58 subsequent month, was equally ecstatic.

“It’s a dream job, one of many two or three finest jobs in sports activities,” he mentioned of becoming a member of the Cubs’ crews and dealing along with his grandfather. “Hopefully I’m there for the subsequent 20 years, and my grandfather is there with me.”

But Harry died shortly earlier than that season started.

“I did not actually spend quite a lot of time with my grandfather — or my dad for that matter,” Chip mentioned on an MLB Network characteristic on the exceptional profession of his grandfather that aired in 2016. “And rising up within the suburbs in St. Louis, I’d rush dwelling from faculty to attempt to catch the seventh inning stretch to see who this loopy previous man was with the glasses” singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”

Chip Caray has broadcast the Braves for the final 18 years.

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