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Tim McCarver | County Tipperary

Tim McCarver speaks at his induction into the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame at Foley's NY in New York City.

Full Name: James Timothy McCarver

Born: October 16, 1941 at Memphis, TN

Irish Roots: Tipperary

Family Name: Phelan

Honors:

  • Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame (2010)
  • Ford C. Fricke Award (2012)
  • Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame (2016)
  • St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame (2017)

Tim McCarver was born on October 16, 1941. His Irish roots can be traced back to his great-grandfather, Patrick Henry Phelan, who was from Tipperary.

During his seven decades on the field and in the broadcast booth, McCarver was a two-time All-Star and World Series Champion, a three-time Emmy Award winner, and he called 24 World Series.

 
McCarver graduated from Christian Brothers High School in Memphis in 1959 and made his major league debut in Milwaukee later that year. By 1963, he was in the major leagues for good. He hit a pivotal home run in the 1964 World Series, finished second in MVP voting in 1967, and he was the first catcher to lead the league in triples. Behind the plate, he was the preferred catcher of Hall of Famers Bob Gibson and Steve Carlton.
 
 
His career in the broadcast booth began as soon as he retired in 1979. In fact, he actually returned to the Phillies in late in the 1980s, becoming one of only 31 players to appear in games in four decades.
 
Although he received 16 votes for the Hall of Fame in 1986, McCarver himself shot down the possibility of such an honor, citing his lack of qualifications, but he added that, “If there were a Hall of Fame for loving the game, that I’d be in.”
 
Tim McCarver was inducted into the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010. It was the first of a string of well-earned honors. In 2012, he was selected the Ford C. Frick Award winner by the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2016, and the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame in 2017.
 
 
When he passed away in 2023, The New York Times wrote: “Known for his shrewd analysis of strategy, his literate use of metaphor and his penchant for predicting what was about to unfold on the field, often correctly, McCarver was sometimes a play-by-play announcer but most often a color man, a role that better suited his gift of gab.”