Friday, July 6, 2018

The Day Chip Caray Wanted to Become a Baseball Broadcaster

If you don't listen to the Baseball Tonight Podcast with Buster Olney, what is wrong with you? It's the best podcast out there in my opinion and Tuesday's episode was another classic example as to why it is so good.

Buster had Braves' announcer Chip Caray on and it was fantastic. It was the first time I have ever heard Chip talk about his career and his legendary father and grandfather. I learned things I didn't know and that is always good. I won't give away the whole interview but one part really fascinated me in part because I love looking up old boxscores.

Chip said he remembers Bob Watson hitting a pinch hit walk off homer off of Steve Howe of the Dodgers. On the way home in the car with his Dad, the radio replayed the homer and his Dad's classic call of the homer. Chip was hooked and turned to his Dad and told him he wanted in on the family business.

I urge you to listen to the complete interview here. It is really good.

 As for the actual game, it was August 13, 1983. The win would give the Braves a 71-46 record in front of a crowd of over 48,000 fans in Fulton County Stadium.

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Los Angeles Dodgers200301001752
Atlanta Braves1000050028100
WP: Steve Bedrosian (8-5) • LP: Steve Howe (4-7)
Winning Run scored with 0 outs


BattingABRHRBIBBSOPABAOBPSLGOPSWPAaLIWPA+WPA-RE24POADetails
Steve Sax 2B5000005.274.342.361.702-0.0800.640.000-0.080-0.944
Bill Russell SS4010014.267.326.317.6430.0971.230.133-0.0360.114SB
Dusty Baker LF3100114.260.347.411.758-0.0910.810.012-0.103-0.510
Pedro Guerrero 3B2323204.286.365.524.8890.2821.140.2820.0003.5032·HR,IW
Mike Marshall 1B-RF3100114.274.342.418.759-0.0441.430.054-0.098-0.271
   Derrel Thomas RF0000000.257.347.349.6950.000.000
Ken Landreaux CF4000014.297.345.488.833-0.1651.560.000-0.165-1.420
Candy Maldonado RF2112103.190.244.262.5060.2060.870.208-0.0022.2002B
   Dave Stewart P0000000.143.143.143.2860.000.000
   Pat Zachry P00000001.0001.0001.0002.0000.000.000
   Rick Monday PH1000011.255.373.433.805-0.0592.310.000-0.059-0.2
   Steve Howe P0000000.000.143.000.1430.000.000
Jack Fimple C3001024.244.261.422.683-0.0921.320.018-0.109-0.531SH
Alejandro Pena P2000012.135.135.216.351-0.0260.470.000-0.026-0.311
   Greg Brock 1B2111012.221.324.409.7330.3851.230.414-0.0280.850HR
Team Totals317575937.161.278.484.7620.4131.121.121-0.7062.62414

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