Tim McCarver, a former All-Star catcher and longtime voice of the World Series, has died at 81.
McCarver played 21 MLB seasons, for the Cardinals, Phillies, Expos and Red Sox. He was a member of the Cardinals’ World Series teams in 1964 and ’67, and made the All-Star game in 1966 and ’67.
In his career, McCarver batted .271 with 97 home runs and 645 RBI.
He then became one of the most recognized voices in baseball as a broadcaster, serving as a color commentator for the Phillies, Mets, Yankees, Giants and Cardinals and calling 24 World Series for ABC, CBS and Fox.
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred released a statement about McCarver’s legacy.
“Tim McCarver was an All-Star, a World Series Champion, a respected teammate, and one of the most influential voices our game has known,” Manfred said. “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.”