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Harry Caray Statue

A statue of Harry Caray was moved from the corner of Addison and Sheffield to the bleachers entrance at Sheffield and Waveland this summer. (CBS)

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UPDATED 02/07/11 10:01 a.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) – A statue of famed Chicago Cubs broadcaster Harry Caray was defaced Sunday in yet another bizarre incident surrounding the Wrigleyville memorial.

Chicago Cubs spokesman Peter Chase said staff learned of the graffiti Sunday afternoon.

Chase said most of the white spray paint that appeared on Sunday has been removed by 8 p.m. The graffiti said “Sox” and a second, illegible word. Chase says the team is trying to find out any details about the defacement.

The statue has been vandalized in the past. A dead goat was found hanging from the statue prior to the 2009 home opener. A similar incident occurred in 2007, in what many perceived as a bizarre attempt to lift the notorious Billy Goat curse.

It was also damaged in November when a worker ran an equipment vehicle into the monument while converting the field for a college football game. The accident left a sizable crack in the granite base.

The statue was originally at Sheffield Avenue and Addison Street, but was moved a block north in September 2010 to North Sheffield and West Waveland avenues to make room for a statue of Hall of Fame Cub Billy Williams.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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