Hall of Fame broadcaster and World Series champion Tim McCarver passed away Thursday at 81 years old, according to an announcement from the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
An MLB player for 21 seasons, McCarver was a two-time All-Star who won two World Series championships. In his retirement, he served as the lead color analyst for 23 editions of the Fall Classic. He was best known for his 18-year partnership with play-by-play broadcaster Joe Buck on Fox.
“Tim McCarver was an All-Star, a World Series Champion, a respected teammate, and one of the most influential voices our game has known,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement, according to ESPN. “As a player, Tim was a key part of great Cardinals and Phillies teams in his 21-year career. In the booth, his analysis and attention to detail brought fans closer to our game and how it is played and managed. Tim’s approach enhanced the fan experience on our biggest stages and on the broadcasts of the Mets, the Yankees and the Cardinals.”
“All of us at Major League Baseball are grateful for Tim’s impact on sports broadcasting and his distinguished career in our National Pastime. I extend my deepest condolences to Tim’s family, friends and the generations of fans who learned about our great game from him,” he continued.
The Hall of Fame remembers 2012 Frick Award winner Tim McCarver, who passed away on Thursday.https://t.co/Np1cTyEJbV pic.twitter.com/ydNjOJqrBY
— National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum ⚾ (@baseballhall) February 16, 2023
McCarver reportedly died Feb. 16 in Memphis, Tennessee, surrounded by his family when he passed.