Sad news to pass along this evening:
[Skip] Caray died in his sleep Sunday at his Atlanta home, the Braves announced. He was 68.
Caray missed several weeks of work late in the 2007 season because of mounting health problems, and he reduced his broadcast schedule to home games at the start of the 2008 season. He was battling diabetes, congestive heart failure, an irregular heartbeat and reduced kidney and liver functions, he said in April 2008.
The AJC article has some nice biographical notes about Caray's life. I had the pleasure of meeting Skip on several occasions and he always seemed like a pleasant person to be around.
Like many Atlantans, I grew up listening to Caray call Braves games, and much of my love and appreciation for baseball comes from the stories he told during broadcasts and the constant way he kept us all laughing and entertained during the game.
My condonlences go out to Chip Caray and the entire Caray family.
Skip Caray will be missed.