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Harry Caray Left Behind Diary of Drinking

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CHICAGO (AP) — What kind of diary would a man who enjoyed knocking back a few drinks keep?

If he’s the late Harry Caray, it chronicles the drinks he had, where and with whom.

Turns out the legendary baseball broadcaster whose love of a good time is well-known created a year-long record that’s a where’s where of Chicago watering holes and who’s who of drinking buddies.

Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg says the CEO of Harry Caray’s restaurants let him read Caray’s 1972 “Day Book,” one of eight diaries discovered in Caray’s office.

It includes notations about basketball great Wilt Chamberlain to comedian Jack Benny. At one point, Caray was in bars 288 days straight.

Even today, fans climb Caray’s statue outside Wrigley Field to put a beer in his hand.

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