Remembering Ernie 

  

As baseball fans, we remember the great voices of Skip Caray and Pete Van Wieren earlier this month. Today, we remember their mentor and former baseball player Ernie Johnson SR. 
Born in Vermont on June 16, 1924, Johnson was a MLB pitcher from 1950-1959. He also served 3 years in the US Marine Corps. Also, Johnson was apart of the 1957 Mississippi Braves World Series Championship team. 
After his playing career Johnson went on to become a broadcaster for Braves radio and tv. He started in 1962 and also was part of the Braves move to Atlanta in 1966. He then became an Atlanta icon. 
Johnson retired his voice in 1999. He was inducted in the Braves Hall of Fame on August 8, 2001 and the Vermont Sports HOF in 2014. His name is also on the Braves broadcast booth at Turner Field. 
Johnson’s son, Ernie Johnson Jr has a voice just as familiar as his dad. EJ, as some call him, is a TV voice for MLB on TBS. He may be more recognizable on Inside the NBA on TNT. 
Johnson may have retired in 1999 but fans always remember his voice past then and still do. Ernie passed away on August 12, 2011 at the age of 87. As well as Caray and Wieren, he will always be remembered and be apart of the Atlanta Braves family.

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