8/17 Harry makes room for Billy
Harry Caray is being moved to where he belongs.
The bronze statue of the legendary Cubs broadcaster, now positioned at the corner of Addison and Sheffield streets outside Wrigley Field, will be moved closer to the bleachers at Sheffield and Waveland avenues. Caray, who died in February 1998, often conducted his broadcasts from the sun-drenched bleachers.
The Cubs are finalizing details regarding a possible re-dedication ceremony for Caray’s family, which would be held sometime during the next homestand that begins Aug. 30. The Harry Caray statue was dedicated on April 10, 1998, outside Wrigley Field’s Gate D.
The Cubs are making the move to make room for a new statue of Hall of Fame outfielder Billy Williams at Addison and Sheffield streets, which will be unveiled Sept. 7. His statue was being sculpted by Lou Cella from the Rotblatt-Amrany Fine Art Studio, who also did Caray’s statue as well as the Ernie Banks’ bronze at the corner of Clark and Addison streets, outside of Wrigley’s main entrance.Plus, Williams’ No. 26 flag flies from the right field foul pole, so the statue will be closer to it.
– Carrie Muskat