The Braves say longtime broadcaster Pete Van Wieren (WEER'-uhn) has died after a battle with cancer. He was 69.

Van Wieren was affectionately known as "The Professor" for his encyclopedic knowledge of the game and long hours of research. He was part of a landmark team that ushered in the "SuperStation" era on TBS along with Ernie Johnson and Skip Caray.

Van Wieren spent 33 years with the Braves before retiring.