22 years ago today Chicago lost a Legendary baseball announcer. Harry Caray started calling games for the St. Louis Cardinals where he spent 25 years of his career.
After he was fired by the Cardinals in 1969, Caray left St. Louis and worked for the Oakland Athletics. A year later, in 1971, he moved to Chicago and began began announcing for the Chicago White Sox.
In 1982 he transferred to the Chicago Cubs. It was with the Cubs that he enjoyed his greatest popularity. Since the Cubs’ games were broadcast on WGN-TV, a new cable “superstation,” Caray’s broadcast was carried to homes in all fifty states, making him a household name throughout America.
On July 23, 1989, Caray received the Ford C. Frick Award for “major contributions to baseball,” which included induction into the Broadcastor’s wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. He was also inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1990. Carey was given his own star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame in 1993!
Harry Caray passed away on February 18, 1998, in Rancho Mirage, California, at the age of eighty-three. He is buried in All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines, Illinois. On April 10, 1998, a seven-foot-tall bronze statue of Caray was placed outside Chicago’s Wrigley Field.
Cubs fans around the world miss you every game especially in 2016 when they won the World Series but everyone knows Harry Caray was lookin down and yelling “Cubs win the World Series, Cubs Win the World Series Holy Cow” R.I.P. Harry!