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Tribute to Harry Caray

February 18, 2010

Harry Caray is best known for his work with the Chicago Cubs and his rendition of Take Me Out to the Ballgame during the 7th inning stretch. Sitting in his booth, Caray would often sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” with nearby fans. One day, then-owner Bill Veeck noticed the impromptu choir. The following game, he outfitted Caray’s booth with a secret microphone, and a tradition was born. Caray eventually moved to Wrigley Field with the Chicago Cubs, bringing his seventh-inning singing with him; today, the tradition happens in almost every ballpark. “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” is believed to be one of the most performed songs in America, behind “Happy Birthday” and “The Star Spangled Banner.”

After Caray’s death in 1998, the Cubs began inviting special guests to lead Cubs fans in an often excruciating attempt to carry on his legacy. If it is true that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Hall of Fame broadcaster Harry Caray was one of the most flattered people in world history. Caray, who died on this day in 1998, was often imitated but never duplicated. But a lot of people came close. You can start HERE will Will Ferrell.

Danika Patrick butchers Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Possibly inebriated Eddie Vedder, who sounds like he’s asking someone to buy him “some peanuts and crack

Kenny Chesney Sings Seventh Inning Stretch

An appalling lack of judgment by the Cubs front office, Ozzy Osbourne, who sang not a single word of the song correctly.

Mr. T Sings Take Me Out To The Ball Game At Wrigley Field

Harry Caray on CrackerJacks

Comedian John Campanera Impersonates Harry Caray

Ryan Dempster of the Chicago Cubs:

A very funny scene from an American soldier:

Harry Caray “I’m Cubs Fan and A Bud Man”

Of course, no tribute to Harry Caray would be complete without his rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”

Harry Caray Again, Sings Take Me Out to the Ballgame July 10, 1985.

Harry Caray loved to drink & party

Folk singer Steve Goodman was a Chicago native and one of the Cubs’ biggest fans. He didn’t live long enough to see the end of the Cubs’ magical run in 1984. He died of leukemia in September of that year, just a few days before the Cubs’ first playoff game since 1945.

Yet he left us the best baseball song ever.We miss you, Steve Goodman. The world is little less bright without you. GO CUBS! GO! (A Dying Cubs Fan’s Last Request)

Take me out to the ballgame,
Take me out with the crowd.
Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack,
I don’t care if I ever get back, ’cause it’s root, root, root for the home team,
if they don’t win it’s a shame.
For it’s one , two, three strikes you’re out, at the old ballgame.

Get Ready for Some Baseball!

Mississippi Braves AA Manager Phillip Wellman goes crazy!

 

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