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SPORTS INDUSTRY HAILS THE LATE HARRY CARAY
Published February 19, 1998
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).