(CBS) — The Des Plaines grave site of legendary Chicago Cubs announcer Harry Caray is filled with green apples — in tribute and in memory.

It was a quarter century ago when Harry Caray said: “Sure as God made green apples, someday the Chicago Cubs are going to be in the World Series.”

It wasn't just green apples at Harry Caray's grave site. See the radio at the base of the headstone. (credit: Coley Newell)

It wasn’t just green apples at Harry Caray’s grave site. There was the radio at the base of the headstone. (credit: Coley Newell)

That prophecy came true, and the Cubs beat the Indians in Game 7 on Wednesday night to win the World Series.

Now, Caray’s gravesite at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines is surrounded by hundreds of green apples.

Caray’s son-in-law, Coley Newell, says he saw that somebody had brought some green apples.


“That was a really nice touch,” he says. “So, for Game 6, I bought a case of green apples. I bought some wooden bushels. And the Cubs did so well in Game 6, I figured we’ve got to step it up a notch. So, I bought another four cases of apples, just hoping the mojo worked.”

Newell says he also arranged with cemetery groundskeeper Don Zabinski to hook up a radio at Caray’s gravesite and to have it turned on before every World Series game.

“We’d go through the same thing for seven different days,” he says.

The headstone of Harry Caray gets strewn with green apples. (credit: Coley Newell)

The headstone of Harry Caray gets strewn with green apples. (credit: Coley Newell)