TOM MEE, Jr.’s career as an acclaimed director
of television sports began on the playing field. Drafted out of high school in
Minnesota by the Chicago White Sox, he elected to play for legendary coach Dick
“Chief” Siebert at the University of Minnesota. Following a standout
collegiate career (which he began by becoming the first Gopher freshman ever to
start a Big Ten opener), Tom was drafted in the 12th round by the Atlanta Braves.
After two seasons in the Braves organization, he signed with the Seattle Mariners.
He turned down an offer to manage in the Mariners minor league organization in
order to finish college. Tom’s television career began as a camera cable
puller. He worked his way through the business as a camera operator, stage manager
and television producer for the Minnesota Twins and joined the St. Louis Cardinals
broadcast team in 1988. Since then he has been an integral part of one of baseball’s
highest-rated telecasts. Tom has also directed most other major sports on the
network, regional and local levels and is an Emmy Award winner several times over.