He covered five Major League Baseball teams, beginning with 25 years of calling the games of the St. Louis Cardinals with two of these years also spent calling games for the St. Louis Browns. After a year working for the Oakland Athletics and eleven years with the Chicago White Sox , Caray spent the last sixteen years of his career as the announcer for the Chicago Cubs.
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For anyone who remembers listening to Harry Caray call a ball game, it almost seemed like he was born to do it. And as Caray himself recalled, the appeal of baseball was always obvious to him. And I figured that that was more probable than the other choice. He was totally unfiltered. He spent more than a year researching and conducting interviews for the book, and says what he learned about Caray as a broadcasting pioneer surprised him.
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Growing up in the Chicago area, we have been fortunate to hear some of the greatest names in sports broadcasting. For me, growing up listening to and watching many of these men on an almost daily basis only served to stoke my interest in pursuing sports broadcasting as my chosen career. All of the greats were obviously well prepared and technically excellent calling their respective sports, but for me one man stood above the rest because of his irreverence and ability to entertain people in a variety of ways. In the main portion of his plus-year career, Harry called some of the game's greatest moments and saw many of the all-time greats. As the voice of the St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland Athletics and the White Sox, he became one of the best in the sport with his colorful calls and honesty about the team he was working for. Fans loved his willingness to tell the truth and to openly cheer for the team he was affiliated with. With the power of the superstation behind him, he reached another level. I fell in love with his style and his entertainment ability. He was must-watch TV even when the games weren't very good.
Caray was a larger-than-life figure who loved the game and broadcast it with enthusiasm. He was respected by colleagues for his play-by-play ability but unlike many sportscasters, he never hesitated to editorialize. Now if he could only hit it that far. Caray kept his early life shrouded in mystery. Even his birthdate was not clear.