He is recovering at Beaumont from a heart attack
Update: for you youngsters, Paul Carey is a legendary Detroit Tigers Broadcasting partner of Ernie Harwell (what a pair). He spent 19 years behind the mike with Ernie.
Maybe some doctors...
However people think they're helping.. some pray and thank God, others make donations to medical research and thank the doctors that save lives. As long as you're keeping him in your thoughts and doing something to help, that's all that really matters.
To each his own.
Paul and Ernie - best radio 1-2 combo ever.
The Tigers were an awful (think 2001 to 2009 Lions) team during my 70's childhood. Those two guys made it bearable to tune in to every game. I'm sure it wasn't coincidence that my dad always waited until game time to load us kids up in the car for the weekend trips to Higgins Lake. He'd tune us out and turn up the radio to keep us from bickering.
So I think it is safe to say that Paul and Ernie saved my life at some point or at least kept me from being kicked out of the car and left along I-75 or US 27 to find my own way home.
Get well Paul.
back great memories. I was 12 and it was the summer of 1976. The "Bird" was on the mound, Ernie and Paul were on the microphone.
I had my "transistor" radio tuned to "the great voice of the Great Lakes, 760 WJR". I had just finished a little league game and I was still in my uniform. I was in my "fort" and my neighbor "suzie" came over. She said she "liked" me and thought I was cute in my baseball uniform. It was my first piece of XXX. I remember it like it was yesterday.
God, I miss Ernie and Paul. That was a special summer. Just about every day, I had a "meeting" in the fort with Suzie. I kept my radio in the fort and replaced the 9V battery once a week. I was soooo cool. Memories, Memories
Paul, thank you for being a huge part of my life. I hope you get well and may God give you courage and strength.
Summer, baseball and girls are like a 12 year old's cocaine. They say there is nothing like the first time high, but that hasn't stopped the chase.
Same age here. I remember that season. Was at Bird's first MLB start in April. Against Cleveland and it was NBC's Saturday Game Of The Week. Caught a foul ball off Rusty Staub in the 6th, and for a moment I was on national TV. My own mom didn't notice me, but my little bro's baseball coach did.
Of course we won, because the Indians had been put on this Earth to lose to Mark Fidrych.
What a summer. My dad chewed me out good when I adopted too many of Mark's mannerisms on the mound. I normally talked to myself out there anyway, but Dad blew a gasket when I started moving dirt with my hands.
That seems so long ago now. Gosh I miss Ernie & Paul.
Who knows, maybe if Ralph "Death to Pitching Arms" Houk hadn't been our manager in '76 Mark's career might have looked a whole lot different. Maybe Mark would have made enough money so he didn't have to get under large, dangerous vehicles. Maybe Mark would still be here today.
Damn you Ralph Houk. I believe you couldn't stand to see such a bright shining light play anywhere other than the Bronx and you had to snuff it out. Damn you Ralph Houk to Hell.
Wow. I actually didn't even know Paul Carey was still alive. Shame on me. He and Ernie were the absolute perfect broadcasting team. Perfect.
and what was special was that my Uncle actually was close friends with him and he would be at all my cousin's graduation parties. So at one of them, when I was about 9 or something, he was there and I had him sign my mitt. I was so embarassed to meet him that I nearly fell over myself but he was very kind and signed it and told me some stories about him and Ernie. I'll never forget that. Great guy. Hope he can recover from this.
I forget who called Paul Carey "The Voice of God." I'm guessing that Ernie Harwell didn't use that term. I don't think it was J.P. McCarthy, either. Was it one of the local writers? One of the tv sports anchors?
Anyway, Paul Carey is a consummate pro; and he was perfect radio pairing with Ernie Harwell.
[Edit. - Maybe it was Ernie Harwell who tagged Paul Carey with that title. According to "Broadcast Rites and Sites" by Joe Castiglione and Douglas B. Lyons, Ernie once said that "when you hear the voice of God, it will sound like Paul Carey..."]
I loved how they split up the broadcast. They'd share the pre game with paul doing around the league stuff and Ernie an interview. Then Ernie would call the early and late innings, paul the middle. Paul would do the wrap-up. They handed off the mic so smoothly you didn't even notice.
Yeah. I rarely remember them ever talking at all during the other's innings. I can't honestly say I ever heard it.
Wish Paul the best and a speedy recovery. Part of the best announcing team in MLB history.
.......were perhaps the best combo in sports radio in the years they were together. They were to me anyway, as I hardly ever missed the broadcast even when I was at the stadium. Good vibes, Mr. Carey, good vibes......
Hey we all took transistor radios to the game in those days didn't we? Was always grateful to Mom for her purse, because I didn't like carrying both my mitt *and* the radio.
Bruce Martyn - Wings
Van Patrick - Lions (also did ND football)
Patrick's call of Tom Dempsey's 63-yarder against the Lions was classic. He was laughing as they lined up. So were the Lions, until it went through.
Whenever I think of Frank Beckmann "doing" disbelief and disgust when crappy things happen to the Lions, I wonder if he was influenced by Patrick's call that day.
I remember leaving the kitchen table and getting about halfway down the stairs to the basement before coming back up. I didn't think it was humanly possible. Damnit, we lost to the *Saints*. The team that nearly got Archie Manning killed on a weekly basis.
Maybe they could kick straight if they chopped off half of their kicking foot and went with the old-school style.
I watched that Dempsey's FG live, too. Yes, I am old enough.
Indeed. We have the best. Don't forget Brandstatter, Kaline, Kell, Mickey Redmond....
in Michigan with our sports broadcasters, at least with the Lions, Tigers and U of M. Can't think of any legendary sparty guys.
Think about it:
Tigers: Ernie and Paul - Radio, George Kell - TV
Hockey: Bruce Martin and Sid Abel, now Ken Kal
U of M: Bob (Honk) Ufer, Frank Beckman, Jim Brandstatter (and Lions)
What an incredible list. We all know how hard it is to listen to sports on the radio, but these guys brought it to life.
I'll never forget Bob Ufer's call on Anthony Carter's catch vs. Indiana - what a classic.
I think Ken Kal is a great hockey guy, but I just can't ever warm up to his voice—it's always seemed kind of high and squeaky to me.
I much prefer to listen to Al Randall do UM hockey on WTKA. Could listen to him all night.
I think George Blaha has a good radio voice, but I'm not a big favor of his style. Hate his MSU broadcasting.
Back when UM won their basketball NC, there was a local guy, maybe on WJR, named Larry Henry who was doing the play-by-play. I thought he was pretty good, but he didn't stick around too long.
Blaha in person can be a real SOB. The guy also fancied himself quite the clotheshorse. Still, he used to be a damn good hoops guy. He's faded with age.
I still have my D.R.E.A.D. card.
His call after Stan Pappy hit a grand slam home run.
It will never be that good again. I'll bet I haven't listened to a full Tigers' game in 15 years. Coinciding with the advent of a full season of televised games. Back in the 80s, a TV game was the exception. Ernie and Paul were my conduit to the team.
We wish him a full recovery.