Harry Caray left behind diary of drinking

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by Associated Press

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Posted on June 3, 2014 at 8:46 PM

CHICAGO - What kind of diary would a man who enjoyed knocking back a few drinks keep?

If he’s the late baseball broadcaster Harry Caray, the diary chronicles the drinks he had in 1972, where and with whom.

Turns out the legendary baseball broadcaster created a record that is a where’s where of Chicago watering holes and who’s who of drinking buddies.

Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg (http://bit.ly/1kAMkHj ) says the CEO of Harry Caray’s restaurants let him read a “Day Book,” one of eight diaries discovered in Caray’s office.

It includes mentions of people from basketball great Wilt Chamberlain to comedian Jack Benny. Caray was in bars 288 days straight.

Caray died in 1998, but even now, fans climb his statue outside Wrigley Field to put a beer in his hand.

 

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