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Harry Christopher Caray
born Harry Christopher Carabina
 Biographical Information
"There's no person alive who got his money's worth better than my old man." - Skip Caray
He was effectively a man of two careers. The first career with the St. Louis Cardinals ran from 1945 to 1969. He was one of the most popular and energetic broadcasters, happily calling the game with a bent toward the Cardinals. Caray also called NBA games for the St. Louis Hawks.
During this period, Caray's voice could be heard over two-thirds of the United States as KMOX was a 50,000-watt station. Since St. Louis was the team furthest south and west until 1958, Caray, with partner Jack Buck, was the voice of baseball for millions of fans. "Muse-ial...sliding into second...with a double..." was a lullaby for such Western fans, listening on radio, having never seen a major league game. Caray's style was concise and crisp, and often critical of poor play, including that of his own club.
Caray joined the Chicago White Sox in 1971. During this time, prompted by club owner Bill Veeck he began to sing Take Me Out to the Ballgame during the seventh inning stretch. He was also known for calling day games from the bleachers on hot summer days. With the Sox, Caray called games with Jimmy Piersall. In 1977, he teamed with Mary Shane (the first female announcer in baseball history) for broadcasts.
After 11 seasons on Chicago's South Side, Caray traded Comiskey Park for Wrigley Field, joining the Chicago Cubs in 1982 after fellow Hall of Famer Jack Brickhouse retired. Although he was past retirement age, Caray became a beloved figure in Chicago. Known for his love of beer, nightlife, and the Cubs, his hopeful demeanor resonated around the city and the country since many fans could enjoy Caray on television via WGN cable.
Among his signatures, Caray would call home runs by saying "It might be... it could be... it is!" Exciting victories were closed with roars of "Cubs win! Cubs win! Cubs win!" and "How 'bout those Cubbies!" and his legendary, "Holy Cow!!!" He was also fond of saying the names of ballplayers backward. For example, "Do you realize that Dykstra spelled backward is Artskyd?" Caray was also instantly recognizable with his huge, black-rimmed glasses. For several years, Caray and broadcast partner Steve Stone owned a bar and grill in Mesa, Arizona, near HoHoKam Park, the Cubs' spring training site.
In 1987, a stroke ended Caray's 42-year streak of not missing a game. Upon his return, he was phoned during a game by President Ronald Reagan. True to form, Caray was more enthralled by a Bob Dernier single than by the dialogue with the leader of the free world.
While preparing for his 54th season in 1998, Caray suffered a stroke on Valentine's Day. In a coma, he passed away two days later. His age was a guarded secret during his lifetime but the 1914 birth date has been accepted.
Late in his life, Harry Caray was lampooned on Saturday Night Live by comedian Will Ferrell and a host of comedians and impersonators.
Among the honors accorded to Harry Caray was the 1989 Ford Frick Award for meritorious service to broadcasting. He was named broadcaster of the year by the Sporting News seven times. The American Sportscasters Assocation named him the 10th best broadcaster of the 20th century in 2000.
The Caray name lives on in the booth and in Chicago. His son Harry, Jr., better known as Skip, has called Atlanta Braves games for decades. Grandson Chip Caray is also a broadcaster. Harry Caray's Restaurant at 33 West Kinzie in Chicago is also a must visit when in the city. His wife Dutchie remains a presence at the steakhouse.