The Legendary Harry Caray: Baseball's Greatest Salesman

The Legendary Harry Caray: Baseball's Greatest Salesman

by Don Zminda

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Harry Caray is one of the most famous and beloved sports broadcasters of all time, with a career that lasted over 50 years. 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 in 1998. It includes details of Caray’s orphaned childhood, his 25 years as the voice of the St. Louis Cardinals, his tempestuous 11 years broadcasting games for the Chicago White Sox, and the 16 years 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, and more.

Caray 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 more 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538112953
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 04/26/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
File size: 21 MB
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About the Author

Don Zminda spent more than two decades with STATS LLC, where he was Director of Research for STATS-supported sports broadcasts that included the World Series, the Super Bowl, and the NCAA Final Four. Zminda is the author and editor of over a dozen sports books, including the annual STATS Baseball Scoreboard (1990-2000) and Go-Go to Glory: The 1959 Chicago White Sox. A Chicago native, Zminda has been a member of the Society for American Baseball Research since 1979.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction xi

1 The Man Who Wasn't There 1

2 Early Days 7

3 Voice of the Cardinals 17

4 Changing Times 27

5 New Partners 37

6 KMOX 49

7 Up and Downs 59

8 Glory Days 71

9 End of an Era 81

10 Siberia 93

11 New Man in Town 103

12 South Side Blues 113

13 A Tumultuous Year 125

14 Harry, Jimmy, and Bill 135

15 Demolition 147

16 Eddie and Jerry and Harry and Jimmy 159

17 Harry Heads North 169

18 Superstar of the Superstation 179

19 Stroke and Recovery 191

20 The Mayor of Rush Street 201

21 North Side versus South Side 213

22 Slips, Strikes, and Controversies 223

23 Last Call 235

24 A Long Goodbye 245

25 Epilogue: Harry Caray's Lasting Impact 257

Notes 269

Bibliography 299

Index 303

About the Author 317

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