Harry Caray's legendary 1972 drinking binge leads today's Cubs news update

Harry Caray and Cubs news were synonymous for so long that the stories surrounding the venerable Chicago Cubs broadcaster remain as some of the most interesting tales in franchise history.

However, these excerpts from Caray's 1972 expense diary that the CEO of Caray's restaurant chain shared with the Chicago Sun-Times (via Sean Newell of DeadSpin) may weave the most legendary account ever of Caray's exploits:

"These guys did nothing but go out and have a few cocktails," said Jimmy Rittenberg, who owned Faces, which Caray visited 14 times in 1972. "I don't know how they did it. They were 20, 30 years older than me and I couldn't keep up with them."


Jan. 16 something unusual happens. Caray is in Miami, yet there are no expenses, just one enigmatic word, "Super."


After that break, if indeed it was, comes 288 consecutive days in bars, not only in Chicago, but New York City, and of course on the road with the Sox, beginning with spring training in Sarasota.


The unbroken streak pauses Nov. 3, when all we get is "to K City @310." The only completely blank day is Monday, Nov. 6

288 straight days of going out drinking.

America's universities have nothing on Harry Caray.


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