Ex-Phillie McCarver soon to be honored by Hall

Ex-Phillie McCarver soon to be honored by Hall

Ex-Phillie McCarver soon to be honored by Hall
Tim McCarver, who played for and started his broadcasting career with the Phillies, is the 2012 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually for excellence in baseball broadcasting by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

The 70-year-old will receive his honor on Saturday, July 21, as part of the July 20-23 Hall of Fame Weekend in Cooperstown, N.Y.

"Tim has been the face and voice of baseball's biggest moments on national television," said Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson. "His wit and intuition, combined with his passion for the game and his down-home style, delivers a trusted insight for viewers."

"I deeply appreciate being recognized with the Frick Award. I'm genuinely, genuinely humbled by it," said McCarver.

Following 21 seasons as a player (1959-80), he moved into the broadcasting booth and has been there ever since. While a member of the Phillies broadcasting team in 1980, McCarver was activated in September, making him the first catcher in the 20th century to play in four decades.

"I'll never forget that game. Timmy had a double, which turned out to be his last hit (#1,501). When he got to second base, he was smiling and he pointed to the broadcast booth," recalled Chris Wheeler. "All of us in the booths were laughing."

McCarver credits Bill Giles (then Phillies president) for his post-playing career. "Bill came to me in 1977 and said when my playing days were over, the Phillies would have a place for me in the broadcasting booth," McCarver recalled.

His broadcasting career started in 1980 on the Phillies' cable outlet, PRISM. "I was very fortunate to work with Andy Musser, Harry Kalas, Wheeler and Richie Ashburn. Three great years of learning under that guidance. They were so thoughtful in teaching me the broadcasting business, specifically what my job was as a color commentator. I'm forever grateful to them.

"I'll always remember the advice Ashburn gave me in spring training in 1980, 'Timmy, if you don't have anything to say, don't say it.'"

In addition to the Phillies, he also broadcast with the Mets, Yankees and Giants and nationally for NBC, ABC, CBS and The Baseball Network. He has been on the FOX network since 1996 and has won six national Emmy Awards for "Best Sportscaster/Analyst." He has broadcast more World Series than any announcer in baseball history.

McCarver is the third Phillies broadcaster to win the Ford C. Frick Award, joining By Saam (1990) and Harry Kalas (2002). Another Phillies Alumnus, Bob Uecker, a member of the Milwaukee Brewers broadcast team, won the Award in 2003.

McCarver will be one of the guests at the third annual Alumni Luncheon for Seniors, Thursday, August 9, in the Diamond Club at Citizens Bank Park. He'll also participate in the Toyota Alumni Night on Saturday, August 11.

Tim McCarver profile
Born: Memphis, TN, October 16, 1941 ... B-L, T-R ... Major League debut: Sept. 10, 1959 with Cardinals ... Final game: Oct. 5, 1980 with Phillies.

Catcher who spent 21 seasons in the Majors with the Cardinals (1959-69), Phillies (1970-72), Expos (1972), Cardinals (1973-74), Red Sox (1974-75) and Phillies (1975-1980) . . . Compiled a career average of .271 in 1,909 games (.272 in 628 Phillies games) . . . Two-time All-Star (1966-67).

Postseason: three World Series with the Cardinals (1964, 1967, 1968); three NLCS with the Phillies (1976-77-78) . . . Hit .273 in 28 postseason games.

Began network broadcasting for ABC TV just days before the 1985 World Series, replacing Howard Cosell. He joined Al Michaels and Jim Palmer.

First pro game was in Keokuk (Midwest League) in 1959. The home plate umpire was Brent Musburger. Now, both are broadcasting legends.

Larry Shenk is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.