As of 670 The Score’s 20th Anniversary on January 3rd, the station has begun to reveal (in chronological order) the Top 100 Chicago Sports Stories that have occurred since they first went on the air 20 years ago. Once all 100 of these “flashbacks” have been revealed, fans will be able to vote for which stories they believe are the most significant in the 20 year history of The Score. To see all of the Flashbacks that The Score has posted so far, please visit 670 The Score’s 20th Anniversary page.
February 18, 1998 – Death of Harry Caray
On February 18, 1998, the always-exciting Wrigleyville was all quiet.
When news broke that longtime broadcaster Harry Caray had died, it was clear the Cubs had lost an icon.
While at dinner with his wife on Valentine’s Day, Caray collapsed, in the process allegedly hitting his head on the side of a restaurant table, and was rushed to nearby Eisenhower Medical Center. He never regained consciousness, dying of cardiac arrest with resulting brain damage four days later.
Caray, known for his unforgettable voice and passion for the game, began broadcasting for the Cubs following the 1981 season. He had previously called games for the Cardinals, Atheltics and White Sox.
Caray’s 53-year broadcasting career may be best remembered for his singing of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the seventh-inning stretch. That tradition actually began during his tenure with the White Sox.
After his death, the Cubs began a practice of inviting guest celebrities – local and national – to lead the singing Caray-style. The use of “guest conductors” continues to this day.
The Score will continue to release a new Flashback each weekday until they reach 100. Check back tomorrow for a new one, or check out all of the previous Flashbacks: 670 The Score’s 20th Anniversary »