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Baseball world mourns Caray's death
Posted: Thur February 19, 1998 at 1:56 p.m. ESTThe funeral Mass for Hall of Fame baseball broadcaster Harry Caray, who died Wednesday, will take place Friday, February 27th at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago.
Caray collapsed four days earlier with a circulation problem during a Valentine's Day dinner with his wife. He was 77.
Caray died of cardiac arrest with resultant brain damage at 7:10 p.m. EST at Eisenhower Memorial Hospital in Rancho Mirage, California. Caray is survived by his third wife, Dutchie, and 10 children.
A statement from Chicago Cubs president Andy MacPhail read, "Harry Caray's genuine affection and appreciation for our game and its fans, spanning a period of over 50 years, is never likely to be equaled. He will be greatly missed by the Chicago Cubs organization. This is a sad day for the game of baseball."
Caray was hospitalized after collapsing Saturday night at a nightclub in Palm Springs. His condition remained critical since his arrival and he had been breathing with the help of a respirator.
Caray, who suffered a stroke in 1987, called Cubs games for 16 years, and previously worked for the Chicago White Sox, St. Louis Cardinals and Oakland Athletics in his 53-year career.
A statement from White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf read, "Harry Caray's death is a tragedy. He was a tremendous ambassador for the game of baseball and the city of Chicago.
"Millions of fans fell in love with the game by listening to his colorful entertaining broadcasts of Cardinals, A's, White Sox and Cubs ballgames over the years. Our sympathies and thoughts go out to his entire family at this time."
"It's a sad day for baseball," added Milwaukee Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker. "Harry loved baseball. He loved people and his job. There will never be another guy like Harry Caray. For a guy to go on and keep the adulation of the fans is unprecedented. Harry will be missed by baseball fans around the country."
Cardinals owner Bob Klaidis, an acquaintance of Caray's from his days at St. Louis, was at Caray's restaurant in Chicago when he learned of the broadcaster's death.
"Baseball will never replace him," he said. "He'll be irreplacable and Harry is upstairs watching."
The restaurant will now sing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" every night at 7:30 p.m. local time. Caray would lead the fans in singing the song during his seventh-inning stretch at home games in Wrigley Field.
"Harry has been a part of our WGN family for 16 years," said WGN vice president and general manager Peter Walker. "We will miss him terribly."
Caray gained induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989 by winning the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellence.
Caray's son, Skip, is a broadcaster for the Atlanta Braves and his grandson, Chip, is a studio host for baseball coverage on Fox Sports and is scheduled to join the Cubs' broadcast team this season.
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