FOX baseball analyst Tim McCarver announced earlier this week this season would be his last. He’s 72 and he obviously feels like taking a step back.
After a 21-year career in Major League Baseball (1959-1980 with St. Louis and Philadelphia twice, along with Boston and Montreal) – plus 33 years in the booth beginning in 1980 – one can’t blame him.
McCarver, when he played with both the Cardinals and Phillies for the first time, no doubt honed his analytical skills as a catcher, having caught no-hitters by Rick Wise and Bill Stoneman. This was further assured during his second (1975-80) stint with the Phillies, during which he served as Steve Carlton’s personal catcher. Since Carlton had cut off relations with the media in 1973, it was often left to McCarver to comment on the pitcher’s effort and feelings about his starts in postgame interviews.
Winner of three Emmy Awards, he actually began broadcasting as the Co-Host of an HBO program known as Race For The Pennant. His first game c...