Broadcasters #45

Harry Caray

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VP81955 said...

Judging from the background, that photo was taken at old Comiskey Park, when Harry Caray was the voice of the Chicago White Sox. He may best be known for his work broadcasting the Cardinals and Cubs, but one could argue his most important work was with the Sox from 1971-81; he saved that franchise.

When he arrived, the team was a cellar-dweller, drawing tiny crowds to Comiskey. It appeared the team was going to be relocated, possibly to Seattle (which had just lost the Pilots to Milwaukee). Caray's energetic, controversial style revitalized interest in the Sox, aided by Dick Allen's arrival in 1972. (And later, it was on the South Side -- not the North -- where Caray began the tradition of singing "Take Me Out To The Ballgame," after later Sox owner Bill Veeck overheard him doing it in the press box and secretly piped it over the P.A. system.)