The 2012 Major League Baseball season marks Jim Powell's fourth year in the Atlanta Braves radio booth working alongside Hall of Fame pitcher Don Sutton. Powell spent the previous 13 seasons as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers broadcast team, teaming with another Hall of Famer, Bob Uecker.
Powell joined the Brewers in 1996 and was named the 1998 Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year. In addition to his radio duties, he spent time as a member of the Brewers television team during the 1999 and 2000 seasons.
Powell began his Major League broadcasting career with the Minnesota Twins in a reserve role in 1993 and 1994. Prior to this, he accumulated extensive experience at the minor-league level, serving as play-by-play announcer for the Charlotte Knights (1990-91, 1995) and the Columbia Mets (1987-89, 1993-94).
Powell has also worked at the collegiate level, taking on play-by-play duties for the University of South Carolina baseball program in 1989 and 1994, as well as the University of Georgia baseball team in 1985 and 1986.
Before going into baseball full-time, Powell had received national exposure through play-by- play for CBS Radio for several college football games, including the 1997 Sun Bowl. He has also worked on Host Communications telecasts, calling University of South Carolina football action in 2000. He served as the color analyst for the South Carolina football and basketball programs from 1993-95 and hosted the coaches' shows for those two sports on television. Powell also did play-by- play for Davidson College basketball in 1990.
An internship in the newsroom and sports office at WGST-AM while Powell was in high school started his broadcasting career. He then worked at WRFC in Athens while attended the University of Georgia, followed by a job after graduation with at WVOC radio in Columbia, South Carolina. In 1991, Powell was hired by WSB-AM to work weekends, where he covered the Braves, Georgia Bulldogs and Atlanta Falcons for two years.
Powell and his wife Emmy have been active members of their community, serving on the Board of Directors for the Child Abuse Prevention Fund for several years. He spends his winters coaching youth basketball and is also an avid tennis player.
A native of Roswell, Ga., Powell attended the University of Georgia as a National Merit Scholar. He and his wife, also a Georgia native, have three daughters, Allie, Sabrina and Julia.
Hall of Fame pitcher Don Sutton returned to the Braves broadcast team in 2009 after a two-year stint with the Washington Nationals television broadcast team. Sutton previously spent 18 years, beginning in 1989, broadcasting Braves games. He joined Turner Sports as an analyst for Braves telecasts on TBS after a stellar playing career that spanned 23 seasons.
He has also served as a course reporter on TBS's professional golf coverage, working the Hawaiian Open, PGA Championship and PGA Grand Slam of Golf, as well as TNT's coverage of the Sarazen World Open Championship.
Sutton's network broadcasting experience included pre- and post-game analysis for NBC's 1987 League Championship series coverage.
His Major League Baseball pitching career was highlighted by 324 wins with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers and California Angels. Sutton spent 15 seasons with the Dodgers, beginning in 1966. He joined the Astros as a free agent in 1981. Sutton was traded to Milwaukee in August 1982, where he pitched three seasons before being traded to Oakland in December 1984. He was traded to California in September 1985 and retired in January 1988.
One of the most durable pitchers of the modern era, appearing in more than 750 games and completing nearly 180 during his career, Sutton's personal bests included 21 wins (1976), 293 innings pitched (1969), 41 games (1969), 2.21 ERA (1980 - led NL), 40 starts (1974), 217 strikeouts (1969) and 18 complete games (1972), all with the Dodgers.
Sutton ranks seventh on baseball's all-time strikeout list with 3,574. He was 4-1 with a 2.02 ERA in seven League Championship Series games, and 2-3 with a 5.26 ERA in eight World Series games. In the 1974 postseason, he was 3-0 with a 1.50 ERA and 25 strikeouts in four games. He also posted a 1-0 record in four All-Star appearances without allowing a run.
Sutton was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998. He was named National League Rookie-of-the-Year by Sporting News in 1966, and was named the Texas League Player-ofthe-Year in 1965 at Albuquerque.
Born in Clio, Ala., Don, his wife Mary and their daughter, Jacqueline, reside in Sandy Springs. Don has two other adult children, Daron and Staci.
Chip Caray is in his third season as the play-by-play announcer for Braves games on Fox Sports South and SportSouth. He previously spent five seasons (2005-09) as the play-by-play voice of TBS's Major League Baseball coverage and Braves' broadcasts on Peachtree TV.
Caray served as the play-by-play announcer for seven seasons (1998- 2004) for Chicago Cubs games on WGN. The 2004 Illinois Sportscaster of the Year, Caray's baseball resume also includes one season as the radio play-by-play announcer for Minnesota's Orlando (AA) affiliate in 1990, two years (1991-92) broadcasting the Atlanta Braves and three campaigns (1993-95) with the Seattle Mariners.
Caray spent five years (1996-2000) as a member of the Fox Network's Saturday baseball coverage, including three years as a studio host.
He is the third generation of Carays to serve as a play-by-play announcer, after his father Skip and grandfather Harry, who was the play-by-play voice of the Cubs from 1982 to 1997. A member of the Hall of Fame, Harry spent 53 seasons as a major league broadcaster. On May 13, 1991, the three generations of Carays worked together on a Chicago Cubs/Atlanta Braves game.
Chip's broadcast career also includes nine seasons as the television play-by-play voice of the NBA's Orlando Magic and stints calling both University of Florida and Florida State University football and basketball games for the Sunshine Network.
Caray graduated from the University of Georgia in 1987 and began his career with weekend TV sports anchor stints in Panama City, Fla., and Greensboro, NC. He and his wife Susan have four children: Summerlyn, Christopher, Stefan and Tristan.
Joe Simpson is in his 21st season as an Atlanta Braves broadcaster. This year marks his sixth season calling games on Fox Sports South and SportSouth.
Simpson played professionally for 11 seasons, beginning in 1973 when he was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the third round. He joined the Seattle Mariners in 1979 before being traded to the Kansas City Royals in 1983. An outfielder and first baseman throughout his professional career, he retired from the California Angels organization following the 1984 season. He had his best season in 1979, when he hit .283 in 120 games for the Mariners. Simpson worked as an analyst on Seattle Mariners telecasts for five years before joining Turner Sports in 1992. Simpson was named "Georgia Sports Broadcaster of the Year" in 1995.
An All-American outfielder and first baseman at the University of Oklahoma, Simpson was born in Purcell, Oklahoma.
Joe and his wife Kathy live in Marietta, Ga. They have two children, Meg and Gabe.
Former pitching great and National Baseball Hall of Famer Tom Glavine serves as an occasional guest for the Braves Radio Network Pre-Game Show, and as a guest analyst for selected games on the Braves Radio Network. He also joins broadcasters Chip Caray and Joe Simpson as a guest analyst for Sunday home games televised by Fox Sports South.
Glavine is a two-time National League Cy Young Award winner (1991 & 1998) and a 10-time N.L. All-Star. Glavine, who owns a 305-203 career record and 3.54 ERA in 682 games, compiled 244 of his victories in a Braves uniform and helped Atlanta to five World Series appearances in the 1990s. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the 1995 World Series, when the Braves defeated the Cleveland Indians.
Selected by the Braves in the second round of the 1984 draft, Glavine made his big-league debut in 1987. A five-time 20-game winner, Glavine joined the 300-win club with a 8-3 victory over the Cubs on August 5, 2007, at Wrigley Field. Glavine and his wife Christine reside in Alpharetta, Ga.,with their daughter, Amber Nicole, and four sons, Jonathan, Peyton Thomas, Mason Riley and Kienan Patrick.