Big Ernie, a former Braves pitcher in the 1950′s was an Atlanta announcer from their move in 1966 until the late 90′s.

The Original voice of the Atlanta Braves and all-around nice guy, Ernie Johnson Sr. has passed away after a long illness…

Once a Braves pitcher, the Vermont Yankee native transitioned well into a Southern Gentleman and captured the hearts of a vast radio and TV audience…

Rest In Peace Mr. Johnson.

by Mike Zimmer, Braves fan

While Skip Caray and Pete Van Wieren were the voice and sound of the Braves for their unprecidented run in the 1990′s and 2000′s, TBS and Atlanta radio’s original beloved voice was that of Ernie Johnson.  Johnson was a former Milwaukee Braves pitcher and transitioned with the team to Atlanta in 1966 and was the original voice of the team.  Johnson along with Caray and Van Wieren made up a colorful and entertaining broadcast booth which was pretty much one of the few things the Braves had going for them for a long, long time.

Johnson died at age 87 on Friday (http://blogs.ajc.com/mark-bradley-blog/2011/08/12/ernie-johnson-a-peach-of-an-announcer-a-peach-of-a-man/?cxntfid=blogs_mark_bradley_blog).

Johnson was the radio voice of the south and when the Braves games were beemed all over the country via TBS, the nice guy on TV too, talking about games “Zipping on by” and sounding the part of southern gentleman and class act for what were arguably laughable Braves teams for most of the 1970′s and 80′s.  For me, being a die-hard Braves fan, and watching every game possible on TBS, the voices of Skip Caray, Van Wieren and Johnson were the epitomy of entertaining baseball to me on TV.  While Marty Brenneman and Joe Nuxhall are/were pretty un-equalled on radio, those guys working on TBS were un-matched on TV.  How else can you