Chip Caray reportedly leaving Braves for Cardinals

A graduate of the University of Georgia, Caray was also the play-by-play announcer for Cubs games on WGN-TV from 1998-2004.

Sports broadcasting is the family business for the Carays. His father, Skip, and grandfather, Harry, both worked as play-by-play announcers. Harry spent 53 seasons as a big league broadcaster, including stints with the Cardinals, White Sox and Cubs. Skip was an old Braves announcer who used to call Hawks games before that.

A move to the Cardinals booth would be a homecoming of sorts for Chip Caray, who was born in St. Louis. His family moved to Atlanta in 1968 when Skip, his father, joined the team.

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Before broadcasting Braves games, Caray worked as a play-by-play announcer for Cubs games on WGN for seven seasons. In 2004, he won Illinois Sportscaster of the Year.

His career began with jobs as a weekend TV sports anchor in Panama City, Florida and Greensboro, North Carolina. He eventually earned a job as a play-by-play man for the NBA’s Orlando Magic. He also called University of Florida and Florida State University football and basketball games for the Sunshine Network.

In 1987, Caray graduated from the University of Georgia.

In the Braves booth, Caray was recently joined by Jeff Francoeur, who was the lead color commentator.

The Carays recently added a fourth generation to baseball, as Chip’s sons, identical twin brothers Chris and Stefan Caray, worked as the radio announcers for the Double-A Amarillo (Texas) Sod Poodles.

Currently, Ben Ingram and Joe Simpson are the main radio broadcasters for the Braves. Simpson is a member of the Braves Hall of Fame, while Ingram was recently named Georgia Sportscaster of the Year.

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