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Harry Caray is one of the most famous broadcasters in baseball history His lengthy career includes significant time as the lead announcer for three franchises the St Louis Cardinals, Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs While Caray is best known and most popular for his time with the Cubs, this biography of the broadcasting legend covers his entire career thoroughly for each team as well as his early life Born Harry Christopher Carabina, Caray was raised in a modest manner in St Louis with Harry Caray is one of the most famous broadcasters in baseball history His lengthy career includes significant time as the lead announcer for three franchises the St Louis Cardinals, Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs While Caray is best known and most popular for his time with the Cubs, this biography of the broadcasting legend covers his entire career thoroughly for each team as well as his early life Born Harry Christopher Carabina, Caray was raised in a modest manner in St Louis with his siblings by his mother Daisy until she died of pneumonia when Harry was 14 He was also a good baseball player, which is covered in this book as well as his broadcasting ability When he couldn t accept a spot on the baseball team at the University of Alabama, he tried to enlist in the armed forces to serve in World War II Due to poor eyesight, he was rejected but this led to his turning to baseball broadcasting.Once Caray turned to broadcasting, both his life and the book were muchinteresting His break came when he was hired to do the games for the St Louis Cardinals He was already broadcasting in St Louis as he was covering minor league hockey games, but his love of baseball and skill at keeping the attention of listeners made the Cardinals want to keep him for many years The radio network for the Cardinals, led by 50,000 watt station KMOX, grew exponentially during Caray s time in St Louis and the author, Don Zminda, writes that a lot of credit was given to Caray for this growth.Most of his years in St Louis, which also included two years of broadcasting the St Louis Browns, he worked with former catcher Gabby Street While he rarely had a negative thought about Street, the same cannot be said for many of Caray s future broadcasting partners The book covers many of these strained working relationships which included other legendary baseball broadcasters such as Jack Buck, Milo Hamilton and later with the White Sox, Jimmy Piersall Most of these relationships were later repaired to the point where everyone but Hamilton had much praise for Caray.In a dispute that never was fully explained nor understood, including in the book, Caray left the Cardinals in 1970 He did radio work for the Oakland Athletics for one year before joining the Chicago White Sox, a gig he held for 11 years His time with the White Sox was marked by growing popularity with the fans and in turn, the White Sox, who were on the verge of moving, becamepopular with the city s South Side residents Like in St Louis, much of this popularity is given to Caray and the author again gives a complete and balanced account of this opinion The book also discusses in great detail his harsh criticism of White Sox players such as Bill Melton This is another aspect of Caray s career in which I believed Zminda handled fairly and in a balanced manner.However, Caray s legendary status was cemented when he joined the Cubs in 1982, leaving the White Sox and their pay television venture to continue broadcasting on free over the air TV with the Cubs and WGN He was doing games in the bleachers at Wrigley Field and enjoying beers with the fans He led fans in singing Take Me Out to the Ballgame during the seventh inning stretch, which became bigger than the Cubs game at times It is fair to say, and Zminda does so in several ways, that Caray was the reason the Cubs became so popular even when they were not performing well on the field.His drinking and late night lifestyle was as legendary as his work Many people in the book, including his third wife and many broadcast partners, comment that they could not keep up with Harry After a stroke in 1987 and other medical scares in later years, this was toned down, but Harry still kept up an active nightlife until very late in his life There is oneaspect of Caray s career that Zminda handled very fairly and that was his many mistakes and malapropos late in his career While that endeared him evento many Cubs fans, it was drawing much criticism from other fans and also other baseball journalists, both in print and on the air While many of these critics acknowledged his greatness, they simply believed it was time for Harry to retire However, that never really happened as he stayed on the air with the Cubs through the 1997 season and he died before the 1998 season That was hard on his family, not only for his loss, but he was scheduled to broadcast with his grandson Chip beginning that season It was the one thing he wanted to do that didn t happen Otherwise, he led an amazing life that any reader who has heard of the man, whether that reader was a fan of Caray or a critic, will want to read about in this excellent book I wish to thank Rowman and Littlefield for providing a copy of the book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.https sportsbookguy.blogspot.com 20 Don Zminda has written a remarkable and entertaining read on Holy Cow Harry Caray can be described in many ways but one thing is constant, there will never be a sports announcer like him for he is definitely one of a kind Rising from being a child who did not know his biological Mom or Dad, the struggles that ensued, and the rise to being the best in his chosen career equates boldly with the American Dream No question about it, Harry loved baseball and his worldly flock of fans He was a fa Don Zminda has written a remarkable and entertaining read on Holy Cow Harry Caray can be described in many ways but one thing is constant, there will never be a sports announcer like him for he is definitely one of a kind Rising from being a child who did not know his biological Mom or Dad, the struggles that ensued, and the rise to being the best in his chosen career equates boldly with the American Dream No question about it, Harry loved baseball and his worldly flock of fans He was a fan s announcer, calling em as he sees them whether it be a ballplayer, owner and the game he loved deeply Rest in peace, Harry, you legacy lives on As a lifelong Cubs fan, Harry Caray was a part of my life before I knew how to walk He is inextricably linked to some of my favorite memories of summer afternoons with my grandfather I feel like this was an exhaustive and loving tribute to him, warts and all A must read for any Cubs fan.This unbiased review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher. Love him or hate him, Harry Caray was an institution in Chicago Some may say he should have been institutionalized.Don Zminda has written a fair account of Caray s blusterous, paradoxical, bumbling, yet brilliant career Somehow, Caray, with his mispronounced words, his off color remarks, his criticizing his co broadcasters on air, was beloved Maybe it s because he represented the fans who followed the lowly Cubs during his radio tv tenure Zminda has offered a well researched book about Caray Love him or hate him, Harry Caray was an institution in Chicago Some may say he should have been institutionalized.Don Zminda has written a fair account of Caray s blusterous, paradoxical, bumbling, yet brilliant career Somehow, Caray, with his mispronounced words, his off color remarks, his criticizing his co broadcasters on air, was beloved Maybe it s because he represented the fans who followed the lowly Cubs during his radio tv tenure Zminda has offered a well researched book about Caray He doesn t gloss over things he includes a lot of the criticism from other broadcasters, players and even fans, along with the glowing accolades from listeners Many loved his 7th inning rendition of Take Me Out to the Ballgame, but Zminda also includes those who thought it was embarrassing Caray s partner, Milo Hamilton was so upset with the act that he d turn his back in the broadcast booth while Harry sang Zminda also suggests that Caray had a lotpower than just as a broadcaster, offering that management decisions hinged at times on Caray s opinion Zminda suggests even that the White Sox remained in Chicago rather than head to Florida due to Caray s popularity when he was calling the Sox games.Caray came across as a goofy, lovable character, but there was also a cutting edge to him Many of his co workers complained about how Caray had to be the top star of the show and told them to tone it down and avoid long anecdotes, to the point of only telling listeners the balls and strikes count Josh Lewin, a partner late in Caray s career, said he felt he was forbidden to even enter the broadcast booth during some games.I wished, in part, that Zminda includedabout Caray s family life with his son and grandson, Skip and Chip I, like so many in the early 1980s, listened to Skip Caray s calls of the Atlanta Braves on WTBS because those games were on most cable stations Zminda did mention that a few opportunities for the Caray s to work together were quashed because of contract negotiations and pay.Caray was a heavy drinker and womanizer and Zminda includes that, to the point of figuring out he must have had 300,000 drinks during his career Of course, that hard life led to his downfall first the stroke and then his 1998 demise Regardless if you liked Caray I wasn t a fan , Zminda gives readers an interesting, well written look at the man who was a part of Chicago history What I love about this book is how much I learned from it I ve been a lifelong Cub fan, but there s plenty of information here with which I wasn t familiar About muchthan Harry Carey Stuff about Bill Veeck, the history of the Cubs and White Sox, other sportscasters, the teams ballparks.The author has an easily accessible, down to earth style that makes his book a quick, enjoyable read for any baseball fan If you love baseball, and even if for some bizarre reason you never even heard o What I love about this book is how much I learned from it I ve been a lifelong Cub fan, but there s plenty of information here with which I wasn t familiar About muchthan Harry Carey Stuff about Bill Veeck, the history of the Cubs and White Sox, other sportscasters, the teams ballparks.The author has an easily accessible, down to earth style that makes his book a quick, enjoyable read for any baseball fan If you love baseball, and even if for some bizarre reason you never even heard of Harry Carey, you ll still like this book.Highly recommended I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion Fantastic exploration of the life and career of Harry Caray Personality quirks, triumphs, controversies, shortcomings, and peer interactions are all covered in this book The is an exquisite attention to detail on the life of Harry Caray, and this attention to detail paints the full picture of a beloved, but flawed individual Any fan of baseball should give this book a read in order to gain a greater level of under I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion Fantastic exploration of the life and career of Harry Caray Personality quirks, triumphs, controversies, shortcomings, and peer interactions are all covered in this book The is an exquisite attention to detail on the life of Harry Caray, and this attention to detail paints the full picture of a beloved, but flawed individual Any fan of baseball should give this book a read in order to gain a greater level of understanding of an iconic figure in the game s history |FREE PDF ♷ The Legendary Harry Caray: Baseball's Greatest Salesman ⚖ Harry Caray is one of the most famous and beloved sports broadcasters of all time, with a career that lasted overyears Always a baseball enthusiast, Caray once vowed to become a broadcaster who was the true voice of the fans Caray s distinctive style soon resonated across St Louis, then Chicago, and eventually across the nation In The Legendary Harry Caray Baseball s Greatest Salesman, Don Zminda delivers the first full length biography of Caray since his death inIt includes details of Caray s orphaned childhood, hisyears as the voice of the St Louis Cardinals, his tempestuousyears broadcasting games for the Chicago White Sox, and theyears he broadcast for the Chicago Cubs while also becoming a nationally known celebrity Interviews with significant figures from Caray s life are woven throughout, from his widow Dutchie and grandson Chip to broadcasters Bob Costas, Thom Brennaman, Dewayne Staats, Pat Hughes, andCaray was known during his final years as a beloved, often imitated grandfather figure with the Cubs, but the story of his entire career is much nuanced and often controversial Featuring new information on Caray s life including little known information about his firing by the Cardinals and his feuds with players, executives, and fellow broadcasters this book provides an intimate and in depth look at a broadcasting legend Great Bio About An Interesting CharacterI never knew so much about Caray and theI read theI wanted to know As a former Chicagoan but lifetime Cubs fan, this is an awesome book which will definitely be my go to reference for all things Cubs and Caray. This biography was well researched and contained a lot of information that I hadn t previously read in other books The author s attention to detail is evident in the writing Highly recommend I am a Cleveland fan so I only heard Harry broadcast several times so I had no opinion about him The book therefore never grab my interest and took over a week to read the 270 pages If you liked Harry you should read the book.