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Holy Cow! by Meezer3

Harry Caray was an American sportscaster on radio and television. He covered four Major League Baseball teams, beginning with 25 years of calling the games of the St. Louis Cardinals. After a year working for the Oakland Athletics and eleven years with the Chicago White Sox, Caray spent the last sixteen years of his career as the announcer for the Chicago Cubs. He has won multiple Emmy Awards for baseball play-by-play and studio work for NBC Sports.This is his restaurant in downtown Chicago.
He was also well known for his frequent exclamation of “Holy Cow!” As he noted in interviews and in his autobiography Holy Cow!, he trained himself to use this expression, to avoid any chance of using profanity on the air. Caray also avoided any risk of mis-calling a home run, using what became a trademark home run call: “It might be … it could be … it IS! A home run! Holy cow!” In Holy Cow!, Caray said he first used the “It might be …” part of that expression on the air while covering a college baseball tournament in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in the early 1940s. He also said that was probably the first time he said “Holy cow!” on the air.On October 23, 1987 Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse opened in the Chicago Varnish Company Building, a Chicago Landmark building that is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There are now six restaurants, and an off-premises catering division which bear the Harry Caray name. The original restaurant has received numerous awards for its food and service, and features many items of memorabilia, even a statue of a “Holey Cow” (complete with holes) wearing the trademark Harry Caray eyeglasses.

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