Pete van Wieren, radio broadcaster for the Atlanta Braves from 1978 to 2008, poses for a portrait at his home, in front of an Atlanta Braves uniform jersey that he received at the twenty five year mark of his career.
ATLANTA -- Pete Van Wieren, former broadcaster of Atlanta Braves baseball, died peacefully this morning at age 69.
Van Wieren, who spent 33 years in the radio and TV booth with Turner Broadcasting, had been battling cancer.
In 2004, he and longtime broadcasting partner Skip Carey joined Ernie Johnson, another legendary broadcast partner, in the Braves Hall of Fame.
A student of the game, Van Wieren was often referred to as "the professor" by his broadcast partners.
A native of Rochester, N.Y., Van Wieren joined Turner Sports in December, 1975 as a Braves broadcaster. He also broadcasted games for the Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Flames and Big Ten Conference football games, as well as NBA games on TBS and TNT.
In April, 2010, Van Wieren 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 50 years, Elaine, sons Jon and Steve, daughter-in-law Starla, and granddaughters Chaney, Grace and Becca.
The private service arrangements have not been determined.