Pete Van Wieren, the longtime Atlanta Braves broadcaster, passed away peacefully this morning at the age of 69 after his long battle with cancer.
A native of Rochester, NY, Van Wieren spent 33 years broadcasting Braves games and was affectionately known as "The Professor" for his incredible study and knowledge of the game. Pete and his longtime broadcasting partner, Skip Caray, were inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame together in 2004, joining partner and great friend Ernie Johnson.
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He joined Turner Sports in December, 1975 as a Braves broadcaster. Pete also broadcast games for the Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Flames and Big Ten Conference football games. He also called NBA games on TBS and TNT.
In April, 2010 Pete released his book Of Mikes and Men: A Lifetime of Braves Baseball which was co-written with Jack Wilkinson.
He is survived by his wife of fifty years, Elaine, sons Jon and Steve, daughter-in-law Starla, and granddaughters Chaney, Grace and Becca.
The private service arrangements have not been determined.
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