Longtime Cubs broadcaster returning to call Cubs-Cardinals game on Sunday

The voice of Cubs TV broadcasts from 1998 to 2004 returns for a national broadcast.
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As part of MLB's new deal with Roku TV, this Sunday's matchup between the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field will feature a voice familiar to generations of Wrigleyville faithful: Chip Caray, who called TV broadcasts for the team from 1998 to 2004.

Caray, who is currently the TV voice of the Cardinals, will have the play-by-play alongside Cubs color commentator Jim Deshaies and Elise Menaker. That means a lot of familiarity for Chicago fans tuning in, despite the game not being carried on Marquee Sports Network.

The grandson of Hall of Fame broadcaster Harry Caray began his career calling games in Atlanta and Seattle, with some national work on FOX. He came to Chicago with plans of teaming up with his grandfather in the booth for the 1998 season, but after Harry passed away in Feb. 1998, Chip became the lead man in the booth for the Cubs.

Several iconic Cubs moments came with Chip Caray in the booth

Caray didn't take long to make his mark, on the call for Kerry Wood's historic 20-strikeout performance against the Houston Astros in front of a sparse crowd at Wrigley Field. That was just the beginning of an unforgettable season at the Friendly Confines, with slugger Sammy Sosa taking aim at history in a season-long battle with Mark McGwire for the single-season home run record.

All summer, Sosa made headlines - peaking in a historic June in which he set an MLB record that stands to this day, hitting 20 homers in a single month. The back-and-forth continued as the Cubs chased a postseason spot and, in mid-September, he etched his name into the record books with Caray on the call.

During Caray's run as the TV voice of the Cubs, the team made the postseason two times: in that 1998 campaign and five years later, when they came within five outs of the World Series in 2003. Following the 2004 season, Caray left to join his father as part of the Braves broadcast team, ending his tenure in Chicago.

He worked in Atlanta until last year, when he joined the Cardinals broadcast team, completing a full-circle moment for the Caray family. Of course, Harry Caray's Cooperstown-bound career began in St. Louis, giving his grandson a chance to come home, if you will.

So while Cubs fans might be miffed about the game not being on Marquee Sunday, at least they'll experience a bit of nostalgia with Caray on the call and the Cardinals in town.