Haray Caray (1914-1998)
"Take a good look, fans...take a good look...[ ] We're unlikely to see his likes again."
[ -- Harry's televised call of Stan Musial's final at bat in 1963, a single, as was his first at bat in 1941]
We can use those words here to describe Harry, too.
"There she goes... it might be outta here... it could be... IT IS!... A HOME RUN!... HOLY COW!" Before Harry went to Chicago, he was the Cardinals' lead announcer for more than twenty years. A little boy in SE Texas, who lived and died with the Cardinals, would listen to Harry, Jack Buck and Joe Garagiola broadcast their games on KMOX. His apprehensions would ebb and flow with the progress of the game as well as with the oscillations of a whimsical AM signal that too often faded away. ("No... NO! Please, God, NOOO! What happened? WHAT HAPPENED?!" I can laugh about it now; then, nothing was more serious or tragic.) I'd have to rate Vin Scully as the best to call a game, and I like Marty Brennaman a lot, but I can't imagine a more entertaining trio than Harry, Jack and Joe. It was a special time for a little boy, admonishing the radio through otherwise carefree summers. Harry replaced the legendary Jack Brickhouse as Cubs' broadcaster. Great sportsmanship -- maybe bipartisanship -- by the Cubs to hire a St. Louis native as its broadcast voice. RIP Harry, both Jacks and Stan the Man.
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