Tim McCarver is a sportscaster and former professional catcher. Playing with the Cardinals' minor league teams of Keokuk and Rochester, McCarver reached the MLB level for the first time at the age of only 17.
McCarver played for the St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos, and Boston Red Sox between 1959 and 1980. He appeared in the MLB All-Star Game in 1966 and 1967, and was the starting catcher for the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals in 1964 and 1967. In 1964, his tiebreaking home run in the 10th inning won Game 5 of the World Series. After his playing career ended, McCarver began a career as a broadcaster, most notably for Fox Sports. McCarver called a then-record 23 World Series and 20 All-Star Games. He won three Sports Emmy Awards, and was the recipient of the 2012 Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting.
In July 2020 it was announced that McCarver would not be working any Cardinals telecasts during the team's shortened 2020 season, citing his doctor's recommendations due to health concerns related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.