White Sox Interactive Forums
Talking Baseball

Welcome
Go Back   White Sox Interactive Forums > Baseball Discussions > Talking Baseball
Home Chat Stats Register Blogs FAQ Calendar Mark Forums Read


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 10-02-2012, 09:33 PM
Viva Medias B's Viva Medias B's is offline
WSI Prelate
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Palos Park, IL
Posts: 12,868
Default Baseball Broadcasters Who Drank While Broadcasting

I am under the presumption that this topic is safe enough to discuss here. For years, we knew that Harry Caray used to drink beer while broadcasting baseball games. With us, he would drink Falstaff, then Stroh's, and later Budweiser. There are legendary stories of the effects of the beer influence Harry's on air broadcast. There is the legendary story, or urban legend, of a hot day and doubleheader in Kansas City when Harry said "It's so hot the third baseman is Melton."

In the Major League movies, we see Bob Uecker's character, Harry Doyle, often consume alcohol on the air. Was this a common thing with the old time announcers? I cannot imagine announcers doing it today.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 10-03-2012, 12:08 AM
Nellie_Fox's Avatar
Nellie_Fox Nellie_Fox is offline
Official Professor
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: North Mankato, MN
Posts: 16,285
Default

Harry's the only one I remember doing it in all my time of watching or listening to Sox games. I can't imagine Bob Elson slamming back brews. I'm reasonably certain Brickhouse didn't.
__________________

"Nellie Fox, that little son of a gun, was always on base and was a great hit-and-run man. He sprayed hits all over."
Yogi Berra in the New York Sunday News (July 12, 1970)
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 10-03-2012, 12:48 AM
chicagowhitesox1 chicagowhitesox1 is offline
WSI Personality
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Aurora Illinois
Posts: 990
Default

I don't know if i'm wrong but I remember Harry Carey really slurring his words by the 7th inning when I listened to him as a kid in the 80's. I kinda wish Steve Stone would write a tell all book on his experiances with Harry Carey and Ken Harrelson. I guarantee I would buy the book.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 10-03-2012, 05:58 AM
LITTLE NELL LITTLE NELL is offline
WSI High Priest
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Sebring Florida
Posts: 7,842
Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by chicagowhitesox1 View Post
I don't know if i'm wrong but I remember Harry Carey really slurring his words by the 7th inning when I listened to him as a kid in the 80's. I kinda wish Steve Stone would write a tell all book on his experiances with Harry Carey and Ken Harrelson. I guarantee I would buy the book.
It's Caray not Carey.
__________________
Coming up to bat for our White Sox is the Mighty Mite, Nelson Fox.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 10-03-2012, 06:56 AM
Railsplitter Railsplitter is offline
WSI High Priest
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Streamwood, IL
Posts: 6,273
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Viva Medias B's View Post
I am under the presumption that this topic is safe enough to discuss here. For years, we knew that Harry Caray used to drink beer while broadcasting baseball games. With us, he would drink Falstaff, then Stroh's, and later Budweiser. There are legendary stories of the effects of the beer influence Harry's on air broadcast. There is the legendary story, or urban legend, of a hot day and doubleheader in Kansas City when Harry said "It's so hot the third baseman is Melton."
.
I actually remember hearing him say it in 1975. I've always thought of it as an incredibly bad pun.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 10-03-2012, 06:59 AM
SephClone89 SephClone89 is offline
WSI High Priest
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Oswego, IL
Posts: 5,908
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Railsplitter View Post
I actually remember hearing him say it in 1975. I've always thought of it as an incredibly bad pun.
Bad puns are good puns.
__________________
Attendance Records

2013: 4-6 plus St. Louis and Milwaukee
2012: 7-4
2011: 6-4 plus NYC parks and Minnesota
2010: 5-6
2009: 2-4 plus PNC Park in Pittsburgh

"Genius is not replicable. Inspiration, though, is contagious, and multiform and even just to see, close up, power and aggression made vulnerable to beauty is to feel inspired and (in a fleeting, mortal way) reconciled."
--David Foster Wallace, () "Roger Federer as Religious Experience"
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 10-03-2012, 09:19 AM
DumpJerry's Avatar
DumpJerry DumpJerry is offline
Tom Feargal Hagen
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: The hearts and minds of Sox fans on 10-26-05
Posts: 25,942
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Viva Medias B's View Post
I am under the presumption that this topic is safe enough to discuss here. For years, we knew that Harry Caray used to drink beer while broadcasting baseball games. With us, he would drink Falstaff, then Stroh's, and later Budweiser. There are legendary stories of the effects of the beer influence Harry's on air broadcast. There is the legendary story, or urban legend, of a hot day and doubleheader in Kansas City when Harry said "It's so hot the third baseman is Melton."

In the Major League movies, we see Bob Uecker's character, Harry Doyle, often consume alcohol on the air. Was this a common thing with the old time announcers? I cannot imagine announcers doing it today.
You left out his "7 ounce buddies." ("I've got my 7 ounce buddies up here in the booth...") They were 8-packs of 7 ounce bottles of Miller.

By the Seventh Inning of games, Jimmy Piersall had to translate for us what Harry was saying. A doubleheader? Harry was useless in Game Two.
__________________

All hail The Rick
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 10-03-2012, 09:41 AM
SI1020 SI1020 is online now
WSI Church Elder
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Deep in the heart of Dixie
Posts: 4,364
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by DumpJerry View Post
You left out his "7 ounce buddies." ("I've got my 7 ounce buddies up here in the booth...") They were 8-packs of 7 ounce bottles of Miller.

By the Seventh Inning of games, Jimmy Piersall had to translate for us what Harry was saying. A doubleheader? Harry was useless in Game Two.
Are there any tapes available from that time period to confirm or refute that contention? Posters who weren't alive then are going to read stuff like this and make a very misinformed judgement about that era of Sox broadcasting.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 10-03-2012, 10:19 AM
slavko slavko is offline
WSI High Priest
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: North Suburban
Posts: 5,323
Default

Brickhouse's sidekick Harry Creighton used to drink Hamm's on camera. He'd be ready to fall out of the booth after a doubleheader. That's where "Hey, Harry" started. He left broadcasting and wound up with a Hamm's distributorship. No lie.

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1...creighton-beer
__________________
Ya Ta Hey, Black Crow.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 10-03-2012, 10:45 AM
MeteorsSox4367 MeteorsSox4367 is offline
WSI Church Elder
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: In a Midway flight pattern
Posts: 3,856
Default

I remember Harry Caray pitching Falstaff when I was a little kid. My question is was Falstaff a quality beer or was it crap?
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 10-03-2012, 10:59 AM
FielderJones's Avatar
FielderJones FielderJones is offline
WSI Village Atheist
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Clarendon Hills
Posts: 4,958
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by MeteorsSox4367 View Post
I remember Harry Caray pitching Falstaff when I was a little kid. My question is was Falstaff a quality beer or was it crap?
Low-end.
__________________
2014 Attendance Record: 6 - 3

March 31 W
April 10 W
April 26 L
May 10 L
May 28 W
June 1 W
June 14 L
July 4 W
July 18 W

Next Game: August 30
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 10-03-2012, 11:28 AM
Nellie_Fox's Avatar
Nellie_Fox Nellie_Fox is offline
Official Professor
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: North Mankato, MN
Posts: 16,285
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by MeteorsSox4367 View Post
I remember Harry Caray pitching Falstaff when I was a little kid. My question is was Falstaff a quality beer or was it crap?
It was so bad that when the beer shipments would arrive in Viet Nam, by the end of the month the only things left were Falstaff and Carling's Black Label. Even guys in Nam wouldn't drink it unless they had no other choice.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 10-03-2012, 11:35 AM
LITTLE NELL LITTLE NELL is offline
WSI High Priest
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Sebring Florida
Posts: 7,842
Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by Nellie_Fox View Post
It was so bad that when the beer shipments would arrive in Viet Nam, by the end of the month the only things left were Falstaff and Carling's Black Label. Even guys in Nam wouldn't drink it unless they had no other choice.
How could that be when it was ''The choicest product of the brewers art''.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 10-03-2012, 12:13 PM
Chez's Avatar
Chez Chez is offline
WSI Church Elder
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Clarendon Hills
Posts: 4,508
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by MeteorsSox4367 View Post
I remember Harry Caray pitching Falstaff when I was a little kid. My question is was Falstaff a quality beer or was it crap?
So bad that I'm surprised the hipsters aren't drinking it in Wicker Park/Bucktown.

Anyone else remember the brief Carta Blanca era as the official beer of the White Sox?
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 10-03-2012, 01:05 PM
DSpivack DSpivack is offline
WSI Guru
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Evanston
Posts: 28,747
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Chez View Post
So bad that I'm surprised the hipsters aren't drinking it in Wicker Park/Bucktown.

Anyone else remember the brief Carta Blanca era as the official beer of the White Sox?
They might be if it was still around.
__________________
Attendance records:
09 : 3-2.
10 : 2-3.
11: 0-1.
12: 2-1.
14: 1-2.
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



Forum Jump




All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:09 AM.




Design by: Michelle

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Site-specific editorial/photos Copyright ©2001 - 2008 White Sox Interactive. All rights reserved.