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#Radio100 Moment 89: Harry Caray Calls His First Game (April 17, 1945)
April 17, 1945

Moment 89: Harry Caray Calls His First Game

Harry Caray began his illustrious baseball broadcasting career in his hometown of St. Louis. In 1945, he was hired at KMOX and initially called games for both Major League baseball teams, the Browns and Cardinals, but soon concentrated solely on the Cardinals for the next 25 years. He called his first Cardinals game on April 17, 1945, an away game at Wrigley Field between the Cardinals and Cubs. Known for his thick-rimmed glasses, penchant for telling the truth, even if it was critical, and enthusiastic play calls and catchphrases such as “Holy Cow!,” the self-described fan behind the mike went on to broadcast for the Oakland Athletics, White Sox and Cubs until his death in 1998.

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