A bona fide baseball broadcasting celebrity, Caray delighted baseball fans with his outrageous comments–and his savvy game commentary—for 53 years.
“It’s the fans that need spring training. You gotta get ’em interested. Wake ’em up and let ’em know that their season is coming, the good times are gonna roll.” –Harry Caray
Harry Caray (born Harold Carabina in St. Louis, Missouri) began his broadcasting career at the age of 19, working at radio stations in Joliet, Illinois and Kalamazoo, Michigan. He later returned to his hometown of St. Louis to begin his major league broadcasting career with the St. Louis Cardinals, which he would continue to do for 25 years.
It was in St. Louis where Caray first gained national recognition with his ability to capture the heart of baseball – and his inability to sing. Caray’s unique rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” has become a favorite with baseball fans across the nation.
Caray spent the 1970 season broadcasting Oakland Athletics’ games on both radio and television. In 1971, he moved to Chicago, where he became the radio and television voice of the Chicago White Sox. Eleven years later, in 1982, the Chicago Cubs welcomed him to Wrigley Field to broadcast Cubs games on WGN-TV and WGN Radio.
During his 53-year career, Caray broadcast over 8,300 games, never missing a single game. Though he was known for his major league baseball broadcasts, he also announced for a variety of other major sports. He was named “Broadcaster of the Year” six times by The Sporting News, and in 1989, was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, and received the Ford C. Frick Award for Broadcasting. Caray died on February 18, 1998