It’s been over 50 years, but a member of the Caray family will be doing the play-by-play for the Cardinals.
It was announced on Monday afternoon that Chip Caray, the grandson of legendary broadcaster Harry Caray, and son of yet another legendary broadcaster, Skip Caray, will be leaving his position with the Atlanta Braves to become the lead play by play man with the Cardinals.
The Cardinals, nor their TV partner Bally Sports Midwest, have yet to formally announce the decision as of 5:15 p.m. Monday.
The 57-year old Caray has served on play-by-play broadcasts for the Atlanta Braves through Bally Sports South since 2005. He also called Chicago Cubs games (much like his grandfather) on FOX affiliates from 1998 to 2004 and various baseball broadcasts on TBS from 2005-2009 throughout his early days of Braves coverage.
Sources also said another strong contender, Seattle Mariners broadcaster Aaron Goldsmith. Goldsmith had later withdrawn his name for consideration. Goldsmith, who went to high school at Principia Upper School, in St. Louis County, and college at Principia, in Elsah, Ill., declined comment.
Despite being a part of a legendary trio of broadcasters, the youngest Caray felt alienated from his grandfather growing up.
“I didn’t really spend a lot of time with my grandfather — or my dad for that matter,’’ Chip said on an MLB Network feature on the remarkable career of his grandfather that aired in 2016. “And growing up in the suburbs in St. Louis, I’d rush home from school try to catch the seventh inning stretch to see who this crazy old man was with the glasses” singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”