Legendary Braves broadcaster Johnson dies – updated

A day meant to celebrate Bobby Cox’s induction into the Braves Hall of Fame, turned bittersweet on Friday evening when word came that legendary Braves broadcaster and fellow Braves Hall of Famer Ernie Johnson Sr. died. He was 87.

His son Ernie Johnson Jr, also a sports broadcaster for Turner Sports, confirmed the news to Braves broadcasters Joe Simpson and Chip Caray, who began spreading the word during Friday’s broadcast of the Braves-Cubs games.

The gentle-voiced and kind-hearted Johnson spent more than 35 years broadcasting Braves games, beginning in 1962 when he was hired as the color commentator for the Milwaukee Braves. He came with the team to Atlanta in 1966 and continued broadcasting full-time until 1990.

Johnson retired altogether in 1999. He was inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame in 2001.

For many Braves fans, Johnson was the “voice of the Braves” though that was a moniker he never wanted. The story goes that when the rookie Skip Caray once called Johnson that during a broadcast in 1976, as soon as the inning was over, Johnson told Caray never to do it again.

That’s a story Braves broadcaster Chip Caray heard his father Skip tell for years.

“Ernie takes off his headset, leans over and taps my dad on the arm and says ‘Hey Skip, we’re all in this together,’” Chip Caray recalled late Friday night. “’I’m not the voice of the Braves, we’re all the voices of the Braves.’…

“What more generous thing could you say to somebody. Really the spirit of that kind of partnership in the broadcast booth is carried on, even to this day. That comes directly from the kindness, generosity and the complete total lack of ego that Ernie Johnson had.”

Caray was heavy-hearted on Friday, with the news of Johnson’s passing on what would have been his late father Skip’s 72nd birthday.

“I don’t want to take anything away from Bobby (Cox) but as wonderful a day as it is for the franchise, this is a really, really sad day,” Caray said. “I just said on the air, ‘Well, I’m sure Dad is sitting there waiting with a double Dewer’s and Ernie, your Manhattan is served.’”

Johnson was the only broadcaster who came with the Braves to Atlanta, where he was joined first by Milo Hamilton and then in 1976 by Skip Caray and Pete Van Wieren.

“You talk about Skip and Pete,” Caray said. “People shouldn’t forget that it really should be Ernie, and then Skip and Pete because none of us would be here if it wasn’t for Ernie Johnson. Without question he was the nicest, most considerate most understanding, most patient partner that any of us probably ever worked with. He loved this organization.”

Caray worked with Johnson in 1991 on SportSouth, when Chip Caray was just breaking into the broadcast business and Johnson was looking for a way to stay involved only part-time.

Johnson pitched for nine years in the major leagues, including eight with the Braves organization – 1950 and 1952 with the Boston Braves, and 1953-1958 as a middle reliever for the Milwaukee Braves. He pitched in three games in the 1957 World Series championship over the Yankees, putting up a 1.29 ERA.

Originally signed by the Boston Braves, Johnson was one of the few associated with the Braves organization who had ties to the Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves.

Braves third baseman Chipper Jones grew up listening to Johnson in games on TV in Pierson, Fla.

“It’s sad,” Jones said after the Braves 10-4 win over the Cubs. “On probably one of the most celebrated days, E.J.’s passing is a downer. When you think about listening to the Braves on radio and TV back in the ‘70s and ‘80s, E.J. was the guy. Always had a kind word to say, always had a smile on his face, always a very uplifting kind of personality. Very sorry for their family. Our hearts and prayers go out to them.”

Johnson is survived by his wife Lois, daughters Dawn and Chris, son Ernie Jr. and seven grandchildren.

The Braves will wear patches on their uniforms for the rest of the season in honor of Johnson.

“The Braves family has suffered a great loss today,” Braves President John Schuerholz said in a statement. “Ernie was the heart and soul of the Braves for so long, first as a player and then as the voice of the team in the broadcast booth. Our hearts are heavy today and we will miss him dearly. We send our deepest condolences to his wife of 63 years, Lois, his children Dawn, Chris and Ernie Jr. and to his grandchildren.”

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Mike

August 12th, 2011
10:20 pm

always remember him and his call on 714

Joseph

August 12th, 2011
10:26 pm

He is missed by everybody. It is a loss not only for the Braves, but also for the entire baseball world. Hope he and Skip are broadcasting a game together in Heaven.

Rick

August 12th, 2011
10:27 pm

Great Person, Great Announcer!

Steve

August 12th, 2011
10:27 pm

And on this winning night we say good bye Ernie

Alex

August 12th, 2011
10:27 pm

My deepest sympathy for the Johnson family. Hopefully Skip will be at the pearly gates waiting for your arrival.

BamaListener

August 12th, 2011
10:28 pm

Listening to Ernie late at night back in the 1970s with my tiny transitor radio next to my pillow. I’ll never forget his quiet, poetic observations. You could tell he was a sweet, sweet soul.

richbrave

August 12th, 2011
10:28 pm

Remember getting fifty of his baseball cards in 1956 and saying, “who IS this guy.” Later, on TBS of course, I found out. Miss the old crew, ERNIE, SKIP, and PETE. Quite a trio with johnny-come-lately JOE SIMPSON..

Shayne

August 12th, 2011
10:29 pm

Ernie Johnson was on my radio ear piece for many years when I was supposed to be asleep in bed. Instead I listened to him call the Braves games. So Ernie, “on this winning night in Atlanta”, say hello to Skip and Rest in Peace. You will always be my favorite announcer.

Tim Suggs

August 12th, 2011
10:29 pm

Ernie and Skip are together again… just as I remember them growing up listening to the Braves. I am sad to say goodbye to Ernie but am glad he is no longer suffering from his illness. What a class act.

Bravo

August 12th, 2011
10:30 pm

A well lived life. God bless you Ernie.

Drexel Gal

August 12th, 2011
10:30 pm

Ernie Johnson was always selling the Braves and the game of baseball. In Milwaukee, the Braves games were not even on TV, but he hosted a weekly television highlight and interview show, featuring many of the players. In his final year in the majors, then with the Orioles, he surrendered Rocky Colavito’s record-tying fourth homer of the game in Memorial Stadium.

Ernest

August 12th, 2011
10:31 pm

Peace to the Johnson family during this time of sorrow. I grew up listening to Ernie Johnson and attribute my love for baseball and the Braves to him. I know he’s now at that baseball diamond in the sky.

Sov

August 12th, 2011
10:31 pm

He was a blessing to all Braves fans!! Root hard up there EJ…you will always be the voice of the Braves.

Joseph

August 12th, 2011
10:31 pm

Correct me if I am wrong, but wasn’t Ernie the color commentator for the clinching NLCS game in 92? Sid Bream play?

extremus

August 12th, 2011
10:31 pm

One of the the first and still most favorite voices I’ve heard over the years calling the Braves’ games was that of Ernie Johnson. Baseball has lost yet another great announcer; the games may go on, but they will never sound quite the same. My condolences go out to his family.

JIm

August 12th, 2011
10:33 pm

An absolute gentleman ans a class act in every way.

phil

August 12th, 2011
10:33 pm

Shayne
August 12th, 2011
10:29 pm

Ernie Johnson was on my radio ear piece for many years when I was supposed to be asleep in bed. Instead I listened to him call the Braves games. So Ernie, “on this winning night in Atlanta”, say hello to Skip and Rest in Peace. You will always be my favorite announcer.
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it was the very same for me. The very same. I loved this man like a grandfather almost. I hate to hear this news…

What a great post. Thanks for putting it so well.

Mike

August 12th, 2011
10:34 pm

Prayers for the Johnson family. My first memories of Braves baseball were delivered by Ernie’s voice. The 714 call and Pete Rose’s 44 game hit-streak ending in Atlanta. Just two great moments that come to mind.

A U.S. marine, a Brave, husband and dad…a great American.

shawn

August 12th, 2011
10:34 pm

A sad day………RIP…………

CHUCK UGA

August 12th, 2011
10:34 pm

I have lost another link to my childhood. A classic, Hall of Fame announcer with a voice smooth as silk. I can still recall watching the Braves on a black & white television with Johnson announcing. Not only will he be missed, but many of us who watched the Braves shortly after they came to Atlanta have lost a part of our life. God bless Ernie Johnson and his family. A very sad day indeed.

Scott

August 12th, 2011
10:35 pm

Rest in Peace and God Bless, Ernie Sr. You were the voice of the Braves for me. I miss your call of the game still. Praying for Lois, Dawn, Maggie, Ernie Jr. and the rest of the family.

[...] Ernie Johnson Sr., a former major league pitcher better known for his long tenure in the broadcast booth with the Braves, passed away Friday night at age 87. [...]

Maggie

August 12th, 2011
10:36 pm

The best grandfather that a girl could ever ask for. Missed and always loved more than anything…
Maggie

Correction to Post: Daughters: Dawn and Chris… 7 Grandchildren

Thank you for all of your kind words…

Gran Jen 1

August 12th, 2011
10:36 pm

R.I.P. Ernie!

Wrecker

August 12th, 2011
10:37 pm

My condolences to the Johnson family and particularly to Ernie’s partner, the Professor, Pete Van Wieren.

Dondawg

August 12th, 2011
10:39 pm

I once worked as an usher at the old Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, and I was always amazed to see Ernie there so early before each game. He sometimes greeted me with a wave or a wink. A truly nice man, a good ballplayer and a great announcer.

Southgabrave

August 12th, 2011
10:42 pm

I have to say Ernie Sr. was my favorite of them all ! I had to shed a few tears when hearing the news! What a great man is was! My thoughts and prayers go out to Ernie Jr and the rest of the family. God blessed yall with a great father! GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

cdog

August 12th, 2011
10:42 pm

even though he had to endure most of the bad years, he was a great announcer.lots of time i thought he was being too much leaning for the other teams other than the braves, i realized he was only trying make good situations out of bad ones.ernie is a hall of fame announcer and will be missed.thanks for the years. GOD bless you ernie and his family.

Gary P

August 12th, 2011
10:42 pm

I am 48 years old and Earnie Sr will always be my all-time favorite Braves announcer. More than anything he came across as genuine – as nice a person as you could meet. Earnie Jr’s persona seemed to always solidify the impression I had of Sr. Loved his voice, laughed at his baseball stories and how he kept Skip between the lines, and of course, the net! Great man…great family.

Legend of Len Barker

August 12th, 2011
10:43 pm

Most of you have heard of the Braves’ attendance woes in the 1980s. When Ernie retired in 1990 and the Braves had an Ernie Johnson Night, they sold Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium out.

Hope there aren’t ostrich races in heaven, Ernie.

"Cause it's a BRAND NEW GAME!"

August 12th, 2011
10:44 pm

And on this winning night, Ernie, Welcome to your Heavenly Home!!

Braves Run This Division!

August 12th, 2011
10:44 pm

I will always remember growing up hearing Johnson’s voice calling Braves games… God bless you Ernie!

Class Act

August 12th, 2011
10:45 pm

A true class act who will be missed by all. A far cry from that jackleg (more descriptive words disallowed) Furman Bisher.

Craig J in WR (home of the Southeast LL Champs 2011, again!)

August 12th, 2011
10:45 pm

Ernie Johnson, Milo Hamilton, Skip Carey. Grew up listening to these guys on radio and later the Super Station. They could paint a picture and keep you into the game, even though we are talking the Braves of the late 60’s, 70’s and early 80’s. They were all different in their own way but real pros. God Bless you Ernie Johnson. May your family be comforted. Job well done.

Rocket Rod

August 12th, 2011
10:46 pm

Our memories of you will live on forever. Say hello to all the greats up there…

Don

August 12th, 2011
10:46 pm

So sorry to hear of Ernie Johnson’s passing. A wonderful man, the kind of person you knew would be exactly the same nice guy if you met him as he was on the air. I always enjoyed hearing him call the Braves games.

Scott

August 12th, 2011
10:47 pm

Go Braves! We love you EJ!

David Galloway

August 12th, 2011
10:47 pm

Ernie always was a great mixture of passion and measure. He is the standard of being a “homer” without being a “homer”. A life well-lived. I know all of Atlanta and Braves nation joins you in both celebrating his life as well as mourning his departure. Enjoy the memories, embrace the tears.

Bill in VA

August 12th, 2011
10:47 pm

I guess I’m one of the dwindling few who remember Ernie from all three Braves’ cities. Rest in peace, Ernie.

NorCal Brave

August 12th, 2011
10:48 pm

Can still picture one of Ernie’s Milwaukee Brave baseball cards……yellow background with Ernie paused at the top of his windup…..the ‘57 Braves are what kindled my interest in the franchise. Loved hearing him in the booth, as well.

Tman

August 12th, 2011
10:48 pm

This is sad news. I grew up listening to Ernie, Skip, and Pete. Through all the changes in life, it was a comfort to hear them year after year. By all accounts, he was a good man. I remember Skip commenting one time that, through all of their years together, he and Ernie nver had a harsh word between them. Ernie Johnson was a class act, and he was always cheeerful and optimistic, even in the Braves worst years. He deserves to be honored by them as much as anyone.

Billy

August 12th, 2011
10:49 pm

God bless Ernie Johnson SR., for a kid growing up in the late 60’s and 70’s, Ernie was always in my home. I love the Braves!!!

Steve VanWieren

August 12th, 2011
10:50 pm

My thoughts and prayers go out to Lois, Dawn, Maggie, Ernie Jr, Chris, and all of the grandchildren. Ernie was a class act and one of the nicest human beings I have ever met.

It was an honor to know you Ernie. May you rest in peace.

Tarheel Blue

August 12th, 2011
10:50 pm

“Right down Peachtree” and “Down along that line…………………fair” were two I’ll remember him by.

Uncle Tom

August 12th, 2011
10:52 pm

I grew up listening to Ernie and the boys. What a great human being he was. You could just tell by listening.

todd h

August 12th, 2011
10:53 pm

such a gentle spirit & kind person that will be missed. be at peace ernie sr you have finished the race. god bless.

David Sikes

August 12th, 2011
10:53 pm

I am sad to hear of the passing of Ernie Johnson Sr. We as Braves fans have been blessed to have grown up with many wonderful announcers Ernie made us feel like you were sitting in the chair next to him. Ernie, Skip and Pete were as much a part of the Atlanta Braves as the players. My prayers are with his family. Ernie Jr you have big shoes to fill. I know your dad would tell you son be yourself. God Bless the Johnson family.

Lacey

August 12th, 2011
10:54 pm

Ernie was one fine man and a great announcer! He will be missed. My thoughts are with his son and family.

braves hawk

August 12th, 2011
10:55 pm

Gonna miss Ernie he was the best. I like his son also and wish his family all the prays and comfort during this time.

Brave Dawg

August 12th, 2011
10:55 pm

I enjoyed Ernie so much I have always missed him. Remember Ernie and Milo then Ernie Skip and Pete We only have Larry left. Great memories God bless his family

snowball's chance

August 12th, 2011
10:55 pm

RIP Ernie. Thanks for the memories and my condolences to your family.

Bobby Jackson

August 12th, 2011
10:56 pm

My condolences Ernie Jr. to you and your family. We were classmates at the University of Georgia Ernie Jr.

Bright Idea

August 12th, 2011
10:56 pm

LOYAL to the core to the Braves.

doc

August 12th, 2011
10:57 pm

yeah richie me too

he probably led the league in cards that year

Rita

August 12th, 2011
10:58 pm

My condolences to the Johnson family, he was one of the greats!

RichM

August 12th, 2011
10:58 pm

Goodbye, Ernie. We’ll miss you. Heartfelt sympathy goes out to the Johnson family and the entire Braves organization on the loss of a truly great human being.

Christopher Mitchell

August 12th, 2011
10:59 pm

I was just thinking of Him and EJ (Jr.) on my walk last night. Funny how that works.

I remember getting busted in 7th grade with a transistor ear piece threaded though my shirt to listen to them playing the Cubs.

I later was able to meet him in person several times. A fine man.

kdub

August 12th, 2011
11:00 pm

on Skip’s birthday, too…tough loss for the Braves’ family…

Braves Fan

August 12th, 2011
11:00 pm

God Bless u Ernie,you were one of the best ever,missed you from TV and radio for years.Rest in Peace.

Alaska Braves Fan

August 12th, 2011
11:00 pm

I’m very sad to hear of the passing of Ernie Johnson. He was one of those very rare true gentlemen.

ABF

JRHD

August 12th, 2011
11:00 pm

Marine, great ball player, announcer for my favorite baseball team, and all around helluva a guy. He will be missed. The Braves family loves you Senior!

pjean

August 12th, 2011
11:00 pm

I am an avid Braves fan because of Ernie Johnson and Skip Carey…they taught me about baseball even when the Braves were losing most games and only had 3000 people in the stands…He can never be replaced!

Tom

August 12th, 2011
11:00 pm

Here is my favorite Ernie moment. Every time someone would come to bat and the defense would put the shift on where they had 3 guys on the RF side of 2nd base, he would say they used to do the same thing to Ted Williams. When Teddy Ballgame was asked why he didn’t just single to left when they did that he said, “They don’t pay me to single to left.” I loved hearing him call games. Classy guy and true Braves fan. He will be missed.

Susan

August 12th, 2011
11:01 pm

One of our favorites “SQUEEEEEEZE!” We love hearing him call a game. Tell Skip we miss him too!

Don Wilson

August 12th, 2011
11:01 pm

Ernie, You’ve been missed since you retired. But you’ll certainly be missed as a father, a husband and grandfather.

Thanks for that kind voice of yours through the years. I was privileged to hear that voice from the time I was about 6 years old when you and the Braves came to town. What an awesome job you did calling the play-by-play for our games. I can only assume that God needed you to call some games in Heaven. I know you’ll do an awesome job.

My thoughts and prayers go out to your family. I know they will struggle with you leaving us.

Carry on, Mr. Johnson. Carry on!

Daryl

August 12th, 2011
11:02 pm

Mrs. Johnson is such a wonderful and gracious woman. I always enjoyed talking to her. This is the first time that I knew Mr. Johnson played for the Boston Braves – so did my dad. They would be the same age. It makes me wonder about their antics and if they “hung out” together. RIP Mr. Johnson.

David Ellis

August 12th, 2011
11:05 pm

To those of us who grew up following the Braves from the ’60s through the ’80s, Ernie Johnson is a legend. Whether with Milo, Skip or Pete, and whether the Braves were good or bad (mostly bad), Ernie’s down-home humor always made the games fun to listen to. And of course we remember his net. Does anybody recall whether he ever actually caught a ball in it?

Falcon Josh

August 12th, 2011
11:06 pm

Took the wind right out of my sail during Bobby Cox day and a great Braves win. I hope Skip was waiting for you with drink.

murray county mystic

August 12th, 2011
11:06 pm

a sad loss for his family and the Braves family here on earth… but imagine if you will the reception party in heaven tonite…rest in peace Mr. Johnson, and my sincere condolences to the Johnson family…we lost a true treasure tonite…

Quitman GA Brave

August 12th, 2011
11:07 pm

As Ernie would say “you gotta go getem Braves” when we trailed in the ninth. A major part of my childhood and adult life listening to Ernie , Skip, and Pete pulling for the Braves.They were the best.

Ted Williams

August 12th, 2011
11:08 pm

What a class act Ernie was. The Braves broadcasts, while still excellent, just aren’t the same nor as good as when Ol’ Ern was in the booth. This is truly a sad day for baseball. By the way, I don’t think it was Ernie who called the famous Hank Aaron 715 as posted earlier. I may be wrong but the famous call was Milo wasn’t it?

Tom

August 12th, 2011
11:08 pm

Oh Ernie, we’ll miss you. For me he was the voice of the Braves. That’s the end of an era.

Kristy

August 12th, 2011
11:10 pm

Grew up listening to the Braves with my grandmother and LOVED Ernie and Skip. My grandma passed away five years ago, Skip three years ago, and now Ernie. May they all meet up in heaven and enjoy the games. God bless them all.

Rowsdower

August 12th, 2011
11:10 pm

RIP Ernie. You were the best.

John Kukla

August 12th, 2011
11:12 pm

Ernie WAS and IS baseball. One of the best announcers in any sport, and best ambassador baseball could ever want. He passed on that legacy of class and professionalism to his son.

Tonight in heaven, Spahn is pitching, Ruth is batting cleanup, and Ernie’s in the booth getting ready to call the first pitch…right next to Skip.

Thanks for the memories, Ernie.

Chuck

August 12th, 2011
11:13 pm

I grew up in NY listening to he and Milo. There are people that you know are just nice guys when you listen to them and you could sense that through the radio. Very down to earth and I also remember seeing pictures of him using the big net trying to catch foul balls. Thoughts and prayers with his family.

Tom

August 12th, 2011
11:14 pm

(BTW – It was Milo Hamilton who called Hank’s 715th. IIRC it was Ernie’s inning to call the game but he graciously gave way to Milo who was desperate to make the call. Milo left a year or so later)

Gary Pursley

August 12th, 2011
11:16 pm

Ernie was the best. Made the game come alive through a static filled A.M. radio. I’ll never forget listening to Ernie on Summer evenings (back in the 70’s) while throwing the ball against the house or up in the air trying to recreate the play that Ernie just called. Nice memories….. Was just enjoying Ernie Jr. call the golf tournament this afternoon. Condolences to the entire family.

wins-by-a-link

August 12th, 2011
11:17 pm

They don’t makem like Ernie anymore, Every time the braves made a double play Ole Ernie would say ” A pitchers best friend”, I never had the honor of meeting Ernie but I felt like he was my best buddy, I really enjoyed listening to Ernie on the radio, We were lucky to have known him.

Tom

August 12th, 2011
11:17 pm

Ernie was a big factor in my wanting to get into sportscasting. I wanted to be just like him. He just called the game like a neighbor talking to you across the fence…never loud or bombastic. A truly good man, an Atlanta icon, who will be deeply missed.

Gary

August 12th, 2011
11:17 pm

RIP Ernie. You will be missed by Braves fans everywhere. I remember your last (official) game back in 1999. Hope you and Skip are making some great calls together in that broadcast booth in the sky.

Speaking of you two, here is a old clip of you two and the Braves at their best. Enjoy everyone: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3kyGB9_1qc

Steve

August 12th, 2011
11:18 pm

Ernie was not just the voice of the Braves, he was the voice of my childhood. He will always be part of the fabric and history of the team and the city. RIP…

dawggirl

August 12th, 2011
11:19 pm

I feel honored to have been able to listen to him. He brought so many wonderful memories to Braves fans, and I send my sincerest condolences to the family. A true gentleman, RIP.

Teewest

August 12th, 2011
11:20 pm

The legendary running back of the Dallas Cowboys Tony Dorsett, was asked by a reporter what do you think of Tom Landry his Legendary coach. Dorsett paused and said ” He’s as good as the the best and better than the rest” Tonight we pause and we say of our Legendary Announcer “He’s as good as the best and better than the rest” godspeed Ernie Sr.

Leigh Britain

August 12th, 2011
11:21 pm

we are here right now visiting with my mother and Ernie Johnson was in the room next door to hers. We were sitting in her room when we saw them take Mr Johnson out. It was very sad and heart breaking. My mom was one of his biggest fans and she was in the room right next to him! What a huge loss to everyone.

Godbless you Ernie!

August 12th, 2011
11:22 pm

We’ll miss you forever Ernie!

Bill Miller

August 12th, 2011
11:23 pm

I lived in Milwaukee in the mid 60’s and listened to Ernie Sr. and I do believe Milo Hamilton did the play by play. When the Braves moved to Atlanta, my family and I also moved here in 1969. Ernie was a great announcer and I will never forget Ernie, Skip and Pete. They were as great a crew of announcers that ever called a game. My sympathy goes out to the Johnson family.

Who Me?

August 12th, 2011
11:24 pm

God Bless you Ernie Johnson – for so many wonderful memories and for gracing us with your presence with such a wonderful life. Our condolences to your family and to the extended Braves family, we will all miss you dearly my friend.

JR

August 12th, 2011
11:25 pm

i came to the party relatively late, in 1979, but he was one of the classiest acts i’ve seen anywhere.

DeWayne

August 12th, 2011
11:26 pm

I sure hope they have those braves radios in heaven! (you will understand this if you ever heard the story about the braves radio as told by Ernie)

eddie willers

August 12th, 2011
11:26 pm

While the Braves were losing 100 games a year, Ernie was gaining millions of fans. I was one of them.

RIP and my best to his family.

BravesfaninWis

August 12th, 2011
11:26 pm

What a shame. Rip Ernie, you will be missed.

kovyoverrated

August 12th, 2011
11:28 pm

Oh man. I’m 42. Grew up listening to the Braves as a kid in Lilburn. My extended family in LA (the southern part of the state beside us) would RELIGIOUSLY either watch the Braves on tv or listen to them on whatever station carried the games out of Columbus or Phenix City. So, it is engrained in my DNA. I fondly remember going to the DQ in Tucker and sitting in the car, with my Buster Bar or Peanut Buster Parfait, and listening to Ernie call the games. His voice is the one that cannot be duplicated. I remember Skip and Pete, but the elder Ernie was the one.

Busch leaguer

August 12th, 2011
11:29 pm

Good bye old friend ,may you rest in peace. Heartfelt sympathy to your family.

puff

August 12th, 2011
11:30 pm

Terrific ambassador for the Braves and MLB. RIP Ernie, and condolences to your family.

JOutlaw

August 12th, 2011
11:34 pm

Another piece of my youth is gone. It is past time that Ernie Johnson was honored with the Ford C. Frick Award! May God be with his family during this time of loss.

Keith

August 12th, 2011
11:36 pm

Many too many memories of Ernie but one that I remember was him shortly before he retired and talking to Jr on TV before the game and showing how he pitched his sinker ball,… loved listening to him call a game especially with Skips snarking remarks thrown in they are bith missed and gone to soon!

TN Jeff

August 12th, 2011
11:37 pm

Classy Gentleman & raised a son who embodies the same integrity.

Robert

August 12th, 2011
11:38 pm

A Braves icon, a fabulous announcer and an even more wonderful person. RIP dear friend!

Braves Fan for Life

August 12th, 2011
11:39 pm

Ernie was an awesome announcer. I loved listening to him. I can’t believe he is gone.

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