Harry Caray Used To Just Make Shit Up While Calling Away Games

Yesterday on the The Stacks, we republished Myron Cope's great old profile of Harry Caray, written back when he was still calling games for the Cardinals and was known as a bit of a rebel in baseball circles. Even then, he was already considered the best play-by-play man in the game, in no small part because of his… »4/02/15 3:33pm4/02/15 3:33pm

Why The Young Harry Caray Was The Best Broadcaster In Baseball

Excerpted from From Black Sox to Three-Peats: A Century of Chicago's Best Sports Writing (University of Chicago Press), edited by Ron Rapoport and featuring stories from the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Daily News, and the Chicago Defender, among other papers. It's an excellent collection, and… »9/19/13 2:06pm9/19/13 2:06pm

Watch Bill Murray And Harry Caray Kick Off The Cubs' First Night Game

Twenty-five years ago today, the Chicago Cubs and the Philadelphia Phillies played the first-ever night game at Wrigley Field. After having only played day games since claiming the park as home in 1916, the Cubs finally succumbed to pressure from MLB, which threatened that if the team ever won a pennant they'd have to… »8/08/13 4:55pm8/08/13 4:55pm

Harry Carey Jr., The Actor Who Gave Us Player In Dugout, Has Died At 91

Harry Carey Jr., an actor best known for his work in Westerns, died Thursday at the age of 91. Like many long-lived character actors of both silver and small screen, he was nothing if not prolific, and it's likely that anyone who watched much TV since the '40s managed to see him at some point, somewhere. »12/29/12 2:00pm12/29/12 2:00pm

The Zinedine Zidane Headbutt Statue Is A Powerful Homage To French Defeat

You've probably heard by now that France - a country that Lady Liberty would tell you knows from great statues - has unveiled one of the world's finest tributes to tantrums. The pair of 16-foot resin figures outside the Pompidou Center depict everyone's favorite soccer violence blooper: Zinedine Zidane's forehead… »9/29/12 10:55pm9/29/12 10:55pm