Tim McCarver followed up a 21-year career on the diamond with one in the broadcast booth that is still going strong 35 years later. Best remembered as the catcher for St. Louis Cardinals teams that won World Series in 1964 and 1967, McCarver was a favorite receiver for the fiery Bob Gibson and also tutored a young Steve Carlton behind the dish.
In the Cardinals 1964 World Series against the New York Yankees, McCarver hit the game-winning home run in a pivotal game 5 that gave St. Louis a 3-2 series lead. In 1967, McCarver turned in an MVP-caliber season and the Cardinals defeated the Boston Red Sox in one of baseball’s most storied World Series matchups.
McCarver wound down his playing career with stints in Philadelphia, Montreal and Boston before retiring following the 1979 season. He began his career behind the microphone with WPHL-TV in Philadelphia, and by the 1990s he had earned the distinction of being the only MLB analyst to have worked for all four major broadcast networks. He wound up working 28 consecutive postseasons dating back to 1984, providing analysis for a record 23 World Series and 20 All-Star Games.
From 2000 to 2002, he earned three consecutive Emmy Awards for “Outstanding Sports Event Analyst” and in 2012 he was honored with the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Ford C. Frick Award. He stepped down from behind FOX’s microphone on a fulltime basis following the 2013 World Series, but still works as an analyst on select Cardinals broadcasts for FOX Sports Midwest.
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