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SPORTS INDUSTRY HAILS THE LATE HARRY CARAY

          HARRY CARAY, who spent 53 years as a MLB broadcaster,
     the last 16 with the Cubs, died Wednesday in a CA hospital
     after being removed from life support.  Caray suffered a
     heart attack on Saturday.  Caray was 78.  In Chicago, Ed
     Sherman writes Caray's "death brings an end to a remarkable
     53-year career ads a baseball play-by-play man, raconteur
     and bon vivant" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 2/19).  Also in Chicago,
     Neil Steinberg writes Caray "was a beloved figure whose
     reputation was only enhanced by the many dust-ups he had
     with management and athletes -- but significantly, never
     fans -- over his long career" (SUN-TIMES, 2/19).   USA
     TODAY's Rod Beaton called Caray "a near-mythical figure in
     Chicago" (USA TODAY, 2/19).  In Philadelphia, Jayson Stark:
     "[T]here wa something about this man that was -- or is --
     America" (INQUIRER, 2/19).  NBC's Anne Thompson: "Caray
     became one of the reasons why Americans love baseball.  He
     was the fan's broadcaster" ("Today," 2/19).  NBC's Bob
     Costas: "He was equal parts baseball play-by-play man in
     terms of craft and P.T. Barnum trying to get the people into
     the tent" ("GMA," 2/19).  In L.A., Mike Downey: "Holy cow,
     he's gone.  Cubs lose.  We all do today" (L.A. TIMES, 2/19). 
                    
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