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Must-click link: Harry Caray drank in bars for 288 straight days in 1972

Jun 3, 2014, 9:50 AM EDT

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And the only reason we’re limiting it to 1972 is because that’s what we have documented. In Harry Caray’s own diary, in which he kept a record of his bar visits and in which he tucked his receipts. All of that was reported in wonderful detail by Neil Steinberg of the Chicago Sun-Times yesterday. The interviews and anecdotes with some of his drinking companions make the story.

The reason Caray kept the record appears to be tied up in his business arrangements with the White Sox, for whom he worked at the time. His compensation was tied to attendance at Comiskey Park and thus going out, glad-handing and getting people to come to White Sox games was a business expense for the man. If you want to take those deductions, you gotta keep your receipts, right? That’s the sober, er, I mean prudent thing to do.

Of course, it’s entirely possible — I’d say probable — that Caray would’ve been out in heavy rotation like this even if he wasn’t doing so for business reasons. Word on the street has it that, on occasion, Caray liked to have a drink or two.

  1. papajack1259 - Jun 3, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Harry enjoyed an adult beverage let’s leave it at that

  2. mirmz - Jun 3, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Harry Caray was a Cubs fan, and a Bud man.

    • ditto65 - Jun 3, 2014 at 10:24 AM

      And when he worked for the White Sox he drank on their tab.

      • karlkolchak - Jun 3, 2014 at 12:47 PM

        And drank Falstaff

  3. realgone2 - Jun 3, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    “Well, my eyes are slanty enough, how about yours?”

  4. SocraticGadfly - Jun 3, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Jan. 16, 1972, was Super Sunday. Can’t believe the author of that piece didn’t catch that. Yeah, Harry Carey, either drinking in Chicago bars on the Super Bowl, or else getting tanked on Bourbon Street.

    Monday, Nov. 6? Maybe Harry wanted to be sober to vote the next day, you know?

  5. aceshigh11 - Jun 3, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Hey, Norm! If you were a hot dog…and you were starving, would you eat yourself? I know I would! First, I’d smother myself with brown mustard and relish. I’d be so delicious!…So would you?

    • uwsptke - Jun 3, 2014 at 12:11 PM

      It’s a simple question Dr, would you eat the moon if it were made of ribs?

  6. gothapotamus90210 - Jun 3, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    That’s impressive. I’m much more likely not to have a drink in 288 days, rather than drink for 288 consecutive days, and I’m no stranger to the bottle.

  7. Detroit Michael - Jun 3, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    This Bud’s for you, Harry! And that Bud. And that Bud. And this other Bud. And …

  8. ejheim62 - Jun 3, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    remember living in California in 1984, and that year we got WGN on cable. Was great fun watching Cubs games and listening to Harry get more and more tanked during the broadcasts. Guy was an original, that much is certain. Now announcers are all cloned from the same boring material. Guys like Bob Prince, Harry Caray, you won’t see their like again.

    • beavertonsteve - Jun 3, 2014 at 1:10 PM

      Yep, if you wanted to watch baseball every day you were going to see a LOT of Cubs games.

  9. mgv38 - Jun 3, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    alcoholics are not funny.

    • ch0psuey - Jun 3, 2014 at 12:09 PM

      But you are.

    • cohnjusack - Jun 3, 2014 at 1:46 PM

      Norm MacDonald says otherwise:

  10. jrs45 - Jun 3, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    I’ll never forget the time he said routine fly ball to Sandberg out in shallow right and he dropped it. Took Harry a few minutes to realize “Holy Cow he dropped the ball!”

  11. jimmyt - Jun 3, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    pfftt! Most of us have that beat by a mile.

  12. learysdisciples - Jun 3, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    Two fans sitting in the stands: boyfriend and girlfriend who have been kissing during the cubs game.
    Harry says, “he kisses her on the strikes, she kisses him on the balls.”
    This is on live tv mind you.

  13. canadatude - Jun 3, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    Watching Chicago ball teams can drive you to drink!

  14. El Bravo - Jun 3, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    Good story. I’m glad you linked it b/c I don’t read that Sun Time garbage anymore. Mainly, it is due to the crappy website, but also b/c of piss poor journalism.

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