Tim McCarver’s 1969 Topps baseball card

Before Tim McCarver alternated between boring and infuriating national television audiences, he was a a decent analyst on New York Mets’ broadcasts. (While he did get very repetitive about certain things, I got the impression that he was among the first broadcasters who was actually critical of the home team.)

And beforeĀ that, McCarver was a major league catcher.

I’m not entirely sure why I bought this card – probably to remind myself that McCarver really was a major league baseball player long, long ago.

I may have had some thought of getting McCarver to sign it at some point, but that doesn’t seem likely. He’s appearing at a baseball card show in the Philadelphia area next month, but his fee is $59 – a bit steep for a broadcaster I don’t particularly like.

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6 responses

  1. Funny, I used to kind of like McCarver, too, once upon a time. But yeah, he has grown so full of himself over the years, it’s virtually impossible to listen to him for more than about five minutes at a time.


  2. nighttimeowl says:

    New York-area viewers of the Mets on WOR will attest to McCarver actually being an interesting, funny and informative broadcaster back then. God, what happened?


    • Paul says:

      Just a guess, but he got old and started to believe his own hype. Most baseball analysts seem to have a shelf-life – the further they get from the era that they played in, the harder it is for them to relate to the current generation of players and the changes that have taken place in the game. And even diligent national broadcasters can’t bring the same level of knowledge about a team that the guys that see almost every game do.


  3. Freddy says:

    Here’s how a cop can get a confession out of a criminal: Set up a broadcast team of McCarver and Hawk Harrelson- with Sterling and Waldmyn providing commentary. Play the broadcast until the crime is solved.


  4. Freddy says:

    Now that’s torture! Jon Miller to top it off.