Longtime Detroit Tigers radio announcer and former World Series champion Jim Price has died. He was 81.
Ilitch Companies, part of Tigers team owner the Ilitch family”s portfolio of companies, announced Price died Monday night. The former Tigers catcher was part of the 1968 team who won the World Series.
As MLive reports, Price’s health had been declining, but he still joined Tigers radio play-by-play voice Dan Dickerson in the booth for home games this season.
“This is such sad news,” Dickerson said in a statement. “Jim and I were together for 24 seasons and experienced both ends of the spectrum with our beloved Tigers – from a tough season in the first year after Ernie retired to two trips to the World Series. Jim helped get me through that first season, which made what happened three years later all the sweeter.”
“All of us with the Detroit Tigers are deeply saddened to learn of Jim Price’s passing,” said Tigers Chairman and CEO, Chris Ilitch. “Jim was a champion on the field, in the broadcast booth, and throughout the community. That Jim was with the organization for much of his life, doing what he loved, is such a powerful sign of his dedication and loyalty to the Tigers and the city of Detroit. Those are among the many reasons Jim was one of my mother and father’s favorite people, and they had such a strong relationship for many years. The thoughts of my family, and everyone across baseball, are with Jim’s wife, Lisa, and the entire Price family.”
Price spent all five seasons of his MLB career with the Tigers.