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Caray a true fan

With the loud crack of a bat, his familiar voice behind the microphone would come to life. "It's a drive. Way back. WAAAAY back. It COULD be! IT IS! A HOME RUN! HOOOOOLY COWWWWW!!!!"

Broadcasting into his 80s, ChicagoCubs announcer Harry Caray had more fun at the ballprak then most kids. He loved baseball. He was a fan first, a broadcaster second.

Harry, to be sure, was no surgeon behind the mike. He would sing badly. He would mix up players. He would confuse a can of corn (a lazy fly to outfield) for a deep drive. BUt millions of baseball fans for 53 years forgave him for his endearing shortcomings. For he was one of them.

Particularly i his years with the Chicago White Sox, Harry would venture from the confines of the broadcast booth to the bleachers, where he would call the game. But he was most known for his ensuing years with the Chicago Cubs, whose games went out to cable systems around the country, and for leading the singing of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the seventh-inning stretch of Cubs home games....

With his death, baseball has lost a one-of-a-kind character.

The game, which is struggling to keep its strong connection with today's fans and its rich history, will sorely miss him.

The Tri-City Herald