From junior college player to CNN correspondent and back to baseball. Mike Capps considers himself the most fortunate baseball broadcaster alive. After surviving treks overseas during the original Gulf War, to Haiti and a bloody overthrow of a dictator, to the fiery end of the Branch Davidian Siege, with Mike and fellow CNN colleagues broadcasting live for ten hours in front of an audience between four hundred and five hundred million people worldwide, he walked away.
First, authoring a book written with legendary scout Red Murff, the fellow who signed Nolan Ryan and three other members of the 1969 World Champion Mets broke the baseball ice.
Then, while promoting the book, a serendipitous meeting with a major league announcer who provided assurance that Mike could get a baseball job. Two phone calls after the meeting, that’s exactly what happened.
After that, guidance from Bill Mercer the original voice of the Texas Rangers, and from Hall of Fame broadcaster Ernie Harwell provided passion and focus. Icing on the cake? Jay Miller and Reid Ryan invited Mike to Round Rock as the original voice of the Express. Major league fill in work with ESPN Radio, the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers added fuel to the fire and radio and television audiences filled out the dream.
Add to all that, wife Karen, three daughters, a son, daughter in law and seven grandchildren (five young men, two young ladies) who understand Mike’s passion for the game, and love the game themselves and “Cappy’s” role in it. It’s easy to see why baseball, for the Capps family, isn’t simply a job, it’s a lifestyle..