July 19, 2013 |
HOW WILL you remember Tim McCarver? For his 21 years spent on the baseball diamond or his 34 seasons calling games as a network baseball analyst? Whatever comes to mind when you think of McCarver, he always will be remembered for his talent behind the plate and a love for the game in the booth as well. For former Phillies pitcher Steve Carlton, McCarver always will be remembered as a close friend and his personal catcher during their time together. McCarver, 71, informed Fox before the 2013 season that he would not be returning for his 19th season as an analyst with the network.
March 28, 2013
Tim McCarver will make his 55th straight season of Major League Baseball his last. The two-time champion catcher will call the World Series this year and then retire from his analyst job at Fox. "I wanted to step down while I know I can still do the job and proud of the job I've done," the 71-year-old McCarver said during a conference call Wednesday. His health is good, McCarver said. So are his passion and energy for the game. It was just time. "It's not a tough call," he said.
March 28, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Tim McCarver will make his 55th straight season of Major League Baseball his last. The two-time champion catcher will call the World Series this year and then retire from his analyst job at Fox. "I wanted to step down while I know I can still do the job and proud of the job I've done," McCarver, 71, said Wednesday. His health is good, McCarver said. So are his passion and energy for the game. It was just time. "It's not a tough call," he said. "It's not a sad thing for me. " McCarver had been thinking about moving on for a couple of years.
August 12, 2012 |
Confirmation came when Nate Schierholtz traversed the streets of Beijing four summers ago. As a member of the U.S. Olympic baseball team, Schierholtz barreled into China's catcher during a preliminary game to score on a sacrifice fly. The players in the two dugouts almost brawled, and China's manager was ejected. "There was a little bit of an uproar in China for a few days," Schierholtz said. "I was out in the city and a couple of people came up to me and said, 'You know, every person in this country hates you right now.' " He knew it then.
July 24, 2012
In a stirring ceremony in Cooperstown, N.Y., former Reds shortstop Barry Larkin and the late Ron Santo, a standout third baseman for the Cubs and later a beloved broadcaster for the team, were inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Larkin, who played his entire 19-year career with Cincinnati, retired after the 2004 season with a .295 career average, 2,340 hits, 1,329 runs scored, and 379 stolen bases. After wiping away tears as his teenage daughter sang the national anthem, Larkin thanked the people who helped him along his journey, none more important than his mother, Shirley, and father, Robert, who were seated in the first row. "If we were going to do something, we were going to do it right," Larkin said.
December 8, 2011 |
Tim McCarver won the Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellence on Wednesday. The former all-star catcher and current Fox announcer has been an analyst on national television networks for three decades. He also was part of the broadcast crews for the Phillies, Mets, Yankees, and Giants. The 70-year-old McCarver will be honored in Cooperstown during the induction weekend in late July. This week, Chicago Cubs third baseman Ron Santo was elected to the Hall a year after his death.
October 6, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Fox analyst Tim McCarver will miss the first two games of the AL Championship Series because of a medical procedure and will be replaced by former Phillies and Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona. McCarver, also a former Phil, will have a "minor heart-related procedure" later this week, the network said Wednesday. He's expected to rejoin announcer Joe Buck for Game 3 on Tuesday. Francona is free after the Red Sox announced on Friday they would not pick up his contract option after eight seasons and two world championships.
July 12, 2011
BACK IN THE DAY, when major league baseball resembled a half-vast plantation and teams owned players forever and a day, the Cardinals traded centerfielder Curt Flood to the Phillies. It was October 1969 and Flood got the news from the publicity guy, so far down the chain of command he rattled when he walked. Flood said, hell no, he won't go. What he actually said was, "In the history of man, there's no other profession except slavery where one man is tied to one owner for the rest of his life.
June 25, 2011 |
Patricia Merbreier, better known to scores of Philadelphia's now-grown children as Mrs. Noah, died Thursday night after a long illness. She was 86. Merbreier entered Delaware Valley homes on Channel 6, alongside her husband W. Carter Merbreier, a/k/a Captain Noah, on "Captain Noah and His Magical Ark. " About 3,600 shows aired between 1967 and 1994. While Carter wore the captain's hat, it was Patricia who operated the puppets, like Mumwah the Monster. There also were occasional celebrity cameos, such as Elvis Presley and Charles Barkley.
February 16, 2011
CLEARWATER, Fla. - There aren't many films of the great Walter Johnson pitching off a mound. But there are quite a few of him warming up on the side, in that grainy, Mack Sennett speed we see in the archival baseball footage unvaulted by Ken Burns. The Big Train flips the ball from a low sidearm angle with an almost insolent ease. Witnesses to his prolific Hall of Fame career said the ball was on the hitter in a blur, wickedly darting down-and-in on bailing righthanded batters.