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Thursday, May 13, 2021

The Caray legacy revisited, 30 years later

MLB.com 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.)

MLB.com: 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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