Fox Sports baseball analyst Tim McCarver will call Tuesday's All-Star Game with Joe Buck. Later this summer, he will enter the Baseball Hall of Fame as the winner of this year's Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellence.
The 70-year-old McCarver has worked for Fox since 1996 and has been an analyst on national TV for three decades. He also worked for NBC, ABC and CBS and has won six Emmy Awards. No analyst in any sport can match McCarver's longevity on the biggest stage. No one has done more All-Star Games or more World Series than the former Cardinals and Phillies catcher, an All-Star himself as a player.
John Madden is the only person who worked for CBS, ABC, NBC and Fox as a lead analyst.
I have had the honor of knowing McCarver since 1980, when I was a young stage manager for one of his first broadcasts as a member of the Phillies' television team during spring training. McCarver moved over to the Mets' broadcast team in 1983 and gained a national following on WOR-TV. He moved over to do the Yankees in 1999, and then in 2002 he did the San Francisco Giants. All along he did the game of the week for one of the four networks.
If you talk to any of the producers, directors or members of the crews that have worked with McCar?ver over the years, they will tell you there is no nicer man in the business and no one who works harder at his craft.
McCarver's biggest fan is his partner, Buck, who watched his own father, the late Jack Buck, broadcast a number of sports on both television and radio. In 1987, Jack Buck won the Ford C. Frick Award and entered the Hall of Fame.
Talking to Joe Buck recently, he was very passionate about McCar?ver receiving the Frick Award.
"I am very proud for him," Buck said. "He has been there for me from day one when I was 26 years old doing my first All-Star Game and my first World Series. I think that if you consider that he began his career as a player in the 1950s and retired in 1980 then went right into broadcasting the game, Tim has done as much as anyone in the Hall of Fame to promote, question and analyze the game of baseball. Second only to my father getting into the Hall of Fame, seeing Tim get this award is very special to me."
Examiner columnist Jim Williams is a seven-time Emmy Award-winning TV producer, director and writer. Check out his blog, Watch this!, on washingtonexaminer.com.