A Voice for the Braves for 33 years, Pete Van Wieren has seen the highs and lows of a franchise that transformed baseball in Atlanta.  Since retiring after the 2008 season, Pete has written a book called Of Mikes and Men: A Lifetime of Braves Baseball in which he chronicles his long career and some of the key people and events he encountered along the way.  The book is published by Triumph Books.

We have been listening to Pete since the early days of the TBS SuperStation and he has greatly influenced us with his insights, wisdom and ability to educate through his undaunted research and preparation.  We are appreciative that Pete was willing to spend some time on Cover the Bases.

Right off the bat in the book, we find out that Pete was destined to be a baseball announcer.  He played the game as a young man growing up near Rochester New York, and attended numerous Rochester Red Wings games, at the time an affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals.   He would watch the broadcasters climb the tiny staircase to the top of the stadium and knew that it was for him.

No one can deny that he had the skill and talent to ascend to the level of one of the most cherished announcers in the game.

As a way to present some of the important aspects of the book, we discuss a few key individuals who had major roles in the 33 years that Pete was in Atlanta.

After some minor league stints, he was snapped up by Ted Turner as part of the broadcast team with Ernie Johnson and Skip Caray back in 1975.  He was also tapped to do some additional duties in those days, including Hawks basketball and even Traveling Secretary for the Braves.  Pete considers Ted Turner to be one of the easiest people to work for, as his style was to give you a job (or two) and then get out of the way.

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