Results tagged ‘ Harry Caray ’

2/11 A toast to Harry

You can celebrate Harry Caray on Feb. 28 and win a trip to Las Vegas. The 15th annual worldwide toast to Harry Caray will take place Feb. 28 at 5:30 p.m. CT at Harry Caray’s Tavern on Navy Pier. Hall of Famer Ernie Banks will join Dutchie Caray, plus Cubs owner Tom Ricketts, musician Billy Corgan and other celebs to lead the toast. This year’s toast is to “The Year of the Fan.” At 6 p.m. CT, there will be a fireworks show over Lake Michigan, and guest will receive special hologram glasses to see fireworks that turn into thousands of Harry face images. If you can’t make it, you can join in the festivities by visiting Harry Caray restaurants Facebook page, or tweet your toast using #ToastToHarry.

Harry Caray’s will reward a Cubs fan with a trip to Spring Training in Las Vegas in March, which will include roundtrip airfare from Chicago, a four-day, three-night stay, two tickets to the Cubs’ games against the Rangers March 16-17, plus four hours of gambling with Kerry Wood. Go to the Harry Caray’s Facebook page for more info.

– Carrie Muskat

2/24 A toast to Harry

You can toast Harry Caray on March 1 as part of the 14th annual worldwide toast to the legendary broadcaster. Harry would’ve been 98 this year. His birthday will be celebrated around the world, with the headquarters at Harry Caray’s Tavern at Navy Pier. Hall of Famer Ernie Banks and Harry’s wife Dutchie will lead the toast at 5:45 p.m. CT March 1. This year should mark the 5 millionth toaster. The winner will be randomly selected after the toast at Harry Caray’s at Navy Pier and get the chance to throw out the first pitch at Wrigley Field plus a 30-minute pitching lesson from Kerry Wood.

Fans can join in the toast to the late broadcaster by visiting the official Toast Facebook page  (facebook.com/ToastToHarry) for a list of bars in all 50 states and countries around the world.

– Carrie Muskat 

2/27 Toast Harry & Ron on Tuesday

The 13th annual worldwide toast to Harry Caray will be Tuesday at 5:55 p.m. CT with a special tribute to Ron Santo. Leading the toasts at Harry Caray’s restaurant on Kinzie Street in downtown Chicago will be Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts, Ron Santo Jr., former Bears player Richard Dent and Dutchie Caray.

– Carrie Muskat

9/1 A toast to Harry

Dutchie Caray, Cubs owner Tom Ricketts and Hall of Famer Ernie Banks raised a bottle of beer in a toast to legendary broadcaster Harry Caray, whose statue was moved near the Wrigley Field bleachers and rededicated on Wednesday.

The bronze was relocated to the corner of Sheffield and Waveland streets near the entrance to the bleachers, where he used to do broadcasts during the summer. A statue of Hall of Fame outfielder Billy Williams will be installed at Addison and Sheffield streets, where Caray’s statue was.

“I was a little sad at first,” Dutchie Caray said of the move, “but I’m happy with the outcome.”

She said Harry, who passed away in February 1998, was never content to stay in one place anyways.

“He had to be where the action is,” Dutchie Caray said.

“It’s fitting that as a Cubs fan, a Bud man and a bleacher fan that Harry will be here for years to come to welcome fans to the bleachers,” Ricketts said.

Oversized black glasses — one of Caray’s trademarks — were distributed to Cubs officials and fans. Bleacher fans attending Wednesday’s Cubs game against the Pirates received a Harry Caray mask. Caray joined the Cubs broadcast team following the 1981 season and continued his White Sox practice of leading the home crowd in singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh inning stretch. Caray was presented the Ford C. Frick award and enshrined into baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1989.

“As fans, we know he’s one of us,” Ricketts said.

After a toast with one of Caray’s favorite beverages, Dutchie led the fans gathered on the corner at Sheffield and Waveland in “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”

– Carrie Muskat

8/31 Harry Caray's new home

Harry Caray will officially have a new home base on Wednesday. The Cubs will rededicate the statue of the legendary Hall of Fame broadcaster in a ceremony prior to their game against the Pirates. The bronze is being moved from the corner of Addison and Sheffield streets to Sheffield and Waveland streets near the entrance to Wrigley Field’s bleachers.

Caray’s wife Dutchie will take part in the ceremony, starting at 12:15 p.m. CT. Harry passed away in February 1998. Also, the first 3,000 fans 21 years of age and older entering the bleachers for Wednesday’s game will receive a Harry Caray mask.

Harry’s statue is being moved to make room for a new bronze of Billy Williams, which will be placed at Addison and Sheffield and unveiled on Sept. 7. The statue actually already has been relocated.

Caray joined the Cubs broadcast team following the 1981 season and continued his White Sox practice of leading the home crowd in singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh inning stretch. He was presented the Ford C. Frick award and enshrined into baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1989.

– Carrie Muskat

8/26 A toast to Harry

You can toast Cubs broadcaster Harry Caray next Wednesday at Wrigley Field. Festivities will begin with the rededication of Caray’s statue outside the Bud Light Bleacher entrance on the corner of Sheffield and Waveland avenues. Harry’s wife Dutchie Caray and Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts will rededicate the statue, starting at 12:15 p.m. CT. Then, there will be a toast in Harry’s memory. Dutchie will throw a ceremonial first pitch before the Cubs’ game Wednesday against the Pirates.

In addition, the first 3,000 fans 21 years and older entering the bleachers will receive a Harry Caray mask. Harry Caray’s restaurant group has purchased 1,000 bleacher tickets for the game that will be given to fans free of charge. Visit Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse on Kinzie Stree to pick up a pair. The promotion runs through Tuesday or until supplies last.

“Harry absolutely loved spending time with fans in Wrigley Field,” Dutchie Caray said in a statement. “Our family is pleased that Harry’s statue will welcome Cubs fans at the Bud Light Bleachers.”

Harry’s statue is being moved closer to the bleachers and a bronze statue honoring Hall of Famer Billy Williams will be installed at the corner of Addison and Sheffield streets. Harry passed away in February 1998.

– Carrie Muskat

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

5/16 Len & Bob & beer

If you’re in the bleachers on Sunday, don’t bother buying Len Kasper and Bob Brenly a beer. At least not during the game. The Cubs broadcasters are sitting in the bleachers next to the batter’s eye in left center. Did you know the first broadcast from the bleachers was done by WGN Radio on May 29, 1964, when the Cubs played host to the Milwaukee Braves and Harry Caray liked to call a game from there as well.

– Carrie Muskat

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