Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Holy Cow!! It's Harry Caray's birthday party!!

The broadcasting icon - and one of the most imitated voices and styles to this day - would have been 96 years old, making his birth date March 1, 1914.

Harry's widow Dutchie, held a big party at Harry Caray's Tavern in Chicago, where she unveiled Chicago-based memorabilita at the restaurant that included Harry's signature eyeglasses, Gabby Hartnett's social security card, Ron Santo's 1973 All-Star game ring and 1971 game jersey, Ernie Banks' glove and 1960's bat, Ryne Sandberg's 1989 playoff home run bat, Gordon Beckham's rookie-year glove, Ron Kittle's 1983 Rookie of the Year Award and Paul Konerko's grand-slam ball from the 2005 World Series.

Harry called Cubs games from 1982 until his death in 1997 and his legend spread as nearly all the team's games were carried on superstation WGN in cable systems nationwide.

Before arriving at Wrigley Field, Caray broadcast the Southside White Sox for 11 years after a season in Oakland and 25 years in St. Louis. It was in St. Louis where he became famous as a Cardinals announcer and - going way back to World War II - a voice of the old St. Louis Browns.

Harry died in 1998. Read more at:

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