Holy cow, happy birthday Harry

February 28, 2014 

Congratulations to the legacy of Harry Christopher Carabina, better known as Harry Caray. If Harry, who was born March 1, 1914, were living, he would be 100 years old today. Harry died on Feb. 19, 1998.

"Holy cow" was one of Caray's favorite sayings. He was known for wearing wide- brimmed eyeglasses. Harry was the announcer for the St. Louis Cardinals. He made many ordinary plays exciting over the radio with his calls on KMOX Radio. Harry was also the play-by-play announcer for the Missouri University football team.

Harry left the Cardinals and went to the Oakland Athletics. After a short stay, he left and went to WGN in Chicago, which was a super cable television station. Harry did almost all the games on WGN, which was carried all over the country. He became a legend.

Harry would take the field microphone at the middle of the seventh inning and sing the great baseball song, "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" with the crowd. After Harry's death, the Chicago Cubs kept the tradition going by having special guests to sing to the crowd. This was a great honor to the guest.

I remembered many times when Harry was announcing the Cardinals game, he would say in his great Harry Caray-style, "There is a long fly! It might be, it could be, it is another home run for Stan "The Man" Musial.

Harry Caray was a great announcer to all people. Happy 100th birthday, Harry Caray.

Richard "R.J." Krause

Fairview Heights

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