As a 17-year-old, was called up from the minor leagues for a brief stint with the St. Louis Cardinals in his first exposure to the majors. Later won two World Championships in his career with the Cardinals. Was the catcher of choice for two Hall of Fame pitchers--Bob Gibson and Steve Carlton. Retired in 1979 to work as a broadcaster, but returned briefly in 1980 to become one of few players to compete in four different decades. Has done broadcasting for all four major TV networks. Served as co-host with Paula Zahn for the 1992 Winter Olympics on CBS. Had buckets of water dumped on him by Deion Sanders after criticizing him on TV in 1992. Had a minor-league stadium named after him in Memphis, which has since been torn down. Is the host for his own syndicated interview program on TV, The Tim McCarver Show. Has written and co-written numerous baseball books and recorded an album--Tim McCarver Sings Songs from the Great American Songbook.