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08/07/08 9:50 PM ET
Turner Field to host Caray memorial
Service honoring announcer begins at 10 a.m. ET on Tuesday
By Mark Bowman / MLB.com
PHOENIX -- Fans, friends and family members will have an opportunity to honor Skip Caray's memory with two separate events at Turner Field on Tuesday. Caray, the longtime Braves announcer who passed away on Sunday at the age of 68, was memorialized during a private ceremony in Atlanta on Thursday. Another memorial service will be held at Cathedral of Christ the King on Monday. With limited space available for Monday's service, the Caray family is encouraging fans to attend the tribute that will be held on Tuesday at 10 a.m. ET at Turner Field. There will be no admission fee and gates will open at 9 a.m. Parking will be available in the Green Lot. Tuesday would have been Caray's 69th birthday and the Braves will treat Tuesday morning's event as a celebration. While serving as a Braves announcer for 33 years, Caray gained a legion of fans who have spent this week mourning his loss. "He was probably the biggest link between the fans and the Braves," Chipper Jones said. "He was a great ambassador for baseball and the Atlanta Braves." Braves Chairman and CEO Terry McGuirk, Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue, Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, longtime broadcast partner and friend Pete Van Wieren, Braves pitcher John Smoltz, and Skip's son Chip Caray are scheduled to speak Tuesday morning. Another longtime broadcast partner and friend, Joe Simpson, will serve as the event's emcee. Memories of Skip Caray will be delivered through these speeches and multiple video tributes that will be shown throughout the ballpark. During Tuesday night's game against the Cubs, the Braves will stage a pregame ceremony with the entire Caray family on the field. Between innings, video clips and first-person stories will be shown on Braves Vision.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.