ATLANTA - Former longtime Braves broadcaster and pitcher Ernie Johnson Sr. has died.
The Braves said Johnson died Friday night at the age of 87. Johnson, the father of broadcaster Ernie Johnson Jr., played with the Boston and Milwaukee Braves before becoming the voice of the Braves on radio and TV.
Braves general manager John Schuerholz said "the Braves family has suffered a great loss today."
Schuerholz said Johnson was "the heart and soul of the Braves for so long."
The Braves will wear a commemorative patch on their uniforms the remainder of the season.
No details of the cause of death were immediately available.