Greatest Skip Caray Calls
Skip Caray had sarcastic wit and a low nasally voice, and Braves fans loved him for it. His dry humor helped Braves fans endure the miserable 1980s, and the team's success in the 1990s set him up for some of the most memorable calls in team's history.
Here are Skip Caray's 5 greatest calls.
5. Skip Calls the Game-Ending Double Play
Skip had many quirks in the broadcast booth. When a fan caught a foul ball, Skip assigned them a hometown from the metro Atlanta area. He would also provide made-up traffic reports (the roads were always backed up) and he'd often take a crack at predicting the outcome of an at-bat. He just happened to hit this one right on the nose.
4. Kent Mercker's No Hitter
Skip usually kept the same cadence during the broadcast, so when he got genuinely excited you knew something important was happening. As Mercker put the finishing touch on the second no-hitter of his career, Caray excitedly called the final out before demurring to the scene on the field, another one of his trademarks.
3. Otis Nixon Makes "The Catch"
"The Catch" is one of the greatest plays in Braves history. The Braves were leading by one run over their then-rival Pittsburgh Pirates in the 9th inning, trying to extend their winning streak to 13 games. Caray captured the moment perfectly, almost literally having his breath taken away by Nixon jumping over 11 feet in the air to rob Andy Van Slyke of a home run.
2. Braves Win the World Series
After coming close in 1991 and 1992, the Braves finally broke through and won the World Series in 1995. Caray had been with the organization for almost 20 years at that point, and he could hardly contain his enthusiasm until the final out.
1. Sid Bream Beats the Throw
The final at-bat of the 1992 NLCS is one of the most memorable plays in baseball history. Game 7. Bottom of the 9th. Bases loaded. Two out. With the Braves down a run, they were one strike away from being eliminated from the playoffs. Sid Bream barely beat the throw from left field to send the Braves to the World Series, and Caray's call still gives Braves fans goosebumps.