Last night, MLB Network debuted a documentary on former Chicago Cubs broadcaster Harry Caray, who passed away 18 years ago. The famously gregarious broadcaster also held the mic for the White Sox and Cardinals, and became a national institution whose presence has persisted long after he left us.
The documentary, called “Holy Cow” (what else?), is narrated by actor and Cubs fan William L. Peterson, and is “packed with hilarious clips that highlight Caray’s offbeat, sometimes-off-color, iconoclastic broadcasting style, as well as interviews with family members, ballplayers and team executives who came to not only admire Caray for his unique personality but also respect him for his brilliance behind a microphone.”
A couple clips from the documentary for those who aren’t able to watch, or who want to be teased before they do (the documentary should replay on the network periodically, though I wasn’t able to find a hard-and-fast day and time – so check your listings).
First, Harry comes to the North Side and immediately becomes a beloved part of the Cubs experience:
Second, Harry makes his way back to the booth after a stroke in 1987: