|Birthname||James Timothy McCarver|
|born on||16 October 1941 at 04:04 (= 04:04 AM )|
|Place||Memphis, Tennessee, 35n09, 90w03|
|Timezone||CST h6w (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||22°39' 26°53 Asc. 26°14'|
American baseball player who is a former catcher for both the St. Louis Cardinals and the Philadelphia Phillies. He had a solid major league career that lasted 21 years and he appeared in three World Series. He began broadcasting with the Phillies in 1980, covered the 1992 Winter Olympics and is still currently a TV sportscaster.
McCarver grew up in an enthusiastic Irish family of seven in the tough working-class section of Memphis where his dad, Edward, was a cop and his mom, Alice, a housewife. At the age of five, McCarver tells how his older sister, Margaret was the first one to work on his swing. She asked him, "Why don't you turn around and hit the other way?" It's the only thing he does left-handed. Even in high school in Memphis, TN, he was adored and boosted by local sportswriters. Baseball wasn't merely a game but an extension of his will and very being. He reached beyond his natural abilities. For six years, between baseball seasons, he attended several colleges but never graduated.
The 17-year-old McCarver signed with the Cardinals in 1959 for a bonus of $75,000, an enormous figure for the time. As catcher for the St. Louis Cardinals he was teamed up with Cardinal pitcher, Bob Gibson, a black player. After some shaky starts it became an enduring relationship professionally and personally. Having grown up in the segregated youth of the late 1950's, McCarver had to make adjustments playing in the big leagues. There were lessons and cultural habits to be unlearned if he was to win the approval of his gifted, tough-minded black teammates. McCarver made his leap out of sports and into mainstream TV on 2/08/1992 when he paired up with Paula Zahn as prime-time co host for the Winter Olympic Games from Albertville, France. He had apprenticed for eight months prior to that as co-anchor on CBS's "This Morning" show with Zahn.
Married to the former Anne McDaniel, his Memphis belle, he has two grown kids, Kathy and Kelly. He has a passion for reading, especially about the Civil War, and collects fine wines.
- Work : Contracts, agreements 1959 (Signed with St. Louis Cardinals)
- Work : New Career 1980 (Began broadcasting with Phillies)
Genevieve Wolfsohn quotes B.C., AFA DX
- Traits : Body : Handedness (Bats left-handed, otherwise right-handed)
- Family : Childhood : Family large (Nine)
- Family : Childhood : Sibling circumstances (Sister first to help w/swing)
- Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One)
- Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two)
- Lifestyle : Work : Same Job more than 10 yrs (Pro baseball player)
- Lifestyle : Work : Travel for work
- Lifestyle : Work : Work in team/ Tandem (Baseball teams, broadcasting)
- Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Financial success in field
- Lifestyle : Social Life : Hobbies, games (Reading, collecting fine wine)
- Vocation : Entertainment : News journalist/ Anchor (TV sportscaster)
- Vocation : Sports : Baseball (Catcher, pro)
- Notable : Awards : Sports Championship (Appeared in three World Series)
- Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession