This year, the Cubs have another chance to win the team’s first World Series since 1908. No one would probably be as excited as former Cubs announcer Harry Caray: partly because he was a Cubs fan and partly because it might have given him one more chance to down some booze.
According to his widow, Dutchie Caray, toward the end of his life, Harry was told to stop drinking, “He asked the doctor, ‘When can I have another drink?’” she said. “The doctor said, ‘When the Cubs win the World Series.’” Though the doctor obviously meant it as a joke, if that doesn’t get chants of “one last drink for Harry Caray” going, why are the Cubs even playing baseball?!
The fact that the legendary announcer was forced to give up drinking later in life is one of a few interesting revelations in an article written by Josh Peter for USA Today. Despite kicking the habit, Dutchie Caray said he continued to support his favorite beer brand. “People assumed that Harry was still drinking, because what he would do was he'd put a real Budweiser bottle in front and then we'd put non-alcoholic O'Doul's into his glass,” she told Peter. “He didn't want people to know that he wasn't still drinking Bud, because that didn't fit his image.”