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Harry Caray Newsbeat

Thursday, May 13, 2021

The Caray legacy revisited, 30 years later What did you know about your grandfather?
Chip Caray: He was an orphan. He didn’t know what family life was about. He didn’t prioritize that, in a lot of ways. You know, for Harry, it was beer, babes and baseball, in that order. Family at times really suffered. I think that as I got into the business, and I started doing games and started to make my way up the ranks, as it were, I think he came to understand me in a way that he wasn’t able to understand me, because I was doing something that he could relate to.

Very late in his life, I think he came to understand the importance of family and legacy and all that kind of stuff. Looking back, I wish we’d been able to share some of those moments together in Chicago when I was there, because that was the original plan. And obviously, that never happened.

(NOTE: Chip was hired to begin calling Cubs games with his grandfather in 1998. But Harry passed away approximately six weeks before the season began.) What do you think that day meant to your dad?
Chip Caray: Anytime your kid does something, it makes you feel good. You’re happy for your child. When I came to the Braves for the first time, in ‘91, he had a very honest conversation with me. He said. “Look, you’re my kid, I’ll do everything I can to help you. You have to help yourself, obviously, but I’ll do everything I can to help you. But if you run afoul of a coach or manager, general manager or something, I can’t help you.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 13, 2021 at 12:44 PM | 33 comment(s)
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