I remember it like it was yesterday. I was at the airport about to get on a plane headed for Chicago Midway. The tickets had been bought and the hotel room reserved for what was to be three of the most exciting days of my life. A life long Cubs fan was heading to the place I had always dreamed of going for a game. No more just television. I would be able to tell my grandchildren about the day I saw the Cubs play at Wrigley Field. (Sad, I have never had children). So, my friends have to hear the stories over and over. June 24th at Wrigley. I was prepared with all the logo gear. I noticed something funny on the train. Folks were in long sleeves and carrying jackets. I soon found out what the wind off the water could do to a newbie at Wrigley. I would walk down in the sun just to warm up. Still, I loved every minute of it. I have been to Wrigley many times since but the first time will always be my favorite.
Harry Caray, born Harry Christopher Carabina, (March 1, 1914 – February 18, 1998) was an American baseball broadcaster on radio and television. He covered four Major League Baseball teams, beginning with a long tenure calling the games of the St. Louis Cardinals, then the Oakland Athletics (for one year) and the Chicago White Sox (for eleven years), before ending his career as the announcer for the Chicago Cubs. (Wikipedia)
His famous seventh-inning stretch singing of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” began during his tenure with the White Sox. Caray enthusiastically led the song’s singing during the seventh-inning stretch, using a hand-held microphone and holding it out outside the booth window. And, he inserted the home team’s name for “the home team” in the song’s lyric, a ritual still practiced by many baseball fans around the country. Many of these performances began with Caray speaking directly to the baseball fans in attendance either about the state of the day’s game, or the Chicago weather, while the park organ held the opening chord of the song. Read the rest of this entry »