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Where's Harry?: Steve Stone Remembers 25 Years with Harry Caray Hardcover – April 1, 1999
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From Kirkus Reviews
Caray's sidekick cuts loose with dozens of hilarious and incredible tales of Chicago's most popular sports personality. (USA Today Baseball Weekly)
...captures the fun, nostalgia, and occasional plain silliness that baseball is all about...qualifies as a great baseball book. If you loved Harry, or if you love baseball, read it. (Chicago Tribune)
...will appeal to fans of Caray and baseball who want to relax one last time with a genuine character of the game, and perhaps hum Caray's signature song, 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game,' after they're done. (Kirkus Reviews)
'Life with Harry was certainly never dull,' Steve Stone writes, and he proves the point in his anecdotal biography of the legendary sportscaster Harry Caray. (Peggy Constantine The New York Times Book Review)
I hate to use an old cliche, but you can't put it down. (Jim Riggs Jamestown Post-Journal)
Top Customer Reviews
Steve loved Harry quite a bit, and blasts former Cub play by play man Milo Hamilton who was particularly ugly to Harry before and after his death. But the subtext of the early chapters is that Harry had some flaws, and Harry and Steve had their ups and downs during their career together. It would have been easy to gloss over that reality, but it's a credit to Stone that he paints a very human picture of a baseball legend.
On the humorous side, Steve discusses Harry's struggle to remember names, and how he tormented Arnie (the producer) with his requests.
Steve also paints the image of Harry the promoter, explaining how in his way, Harry promoted the character that Steve was to play on the air. Stone also admits that he owes his job in many ways to Harry. That they stayed together for 15 years is a tribute to a partnership that in many ways seemed like a marriage.
Some of the things you may not know... With only a very rare exception, he didn't drink on TV, but kept the Bud glass a plug for his sponsors. That he always paid when we went out, even though he'd plug his favorite watering holes.
Steve also covers the dark side of Harry - how he handled grudges. How he'd insist on being the prima donna. Their petty fights, and how they'd get over them. His ostracism and eventual reconciliation with his family.
In the end, you're left with both a fitting and realistic picture of the icon.
I actually chose to read this book for a class paper on great American journalists. I had a hard time convincing my professor that Harry was indeed a journalist and not simply an entertainer. After thoroughly enjoying this book, I think I convinced the prof - I got a 99% on the paper.
If you have a love for the game of baseball, you will surely find this book entertaining. As someone now in sports communications with a professional baseball team, I recommend this book to all my co-workers. It's a great way to learn about aspects of the game that most fans would never know about - and it's about a guy everyone feels they already know.
Perhaps one of the most disappointing things about biographies is that they somehow tarnish the memory or reputation of the book's subject. This book will simply make you love Harry even more.
His constantly clearing his throat, his mispronunciation of names, the phrases he used over and over ("Summer resort weather in Chicago," "There's trouble here, Cheri," "Honesty compels me to say . . ."). I immediately decided that the bland but predictable Jack Brickhouse was far superior to Harry. However, over the years, even though I never came to regard Harry as a great announcer, he grew on me.
Then, a few years after Caray's death, while perusing the sports section in a bookstore, I came across Steve Stone's memoir of his years with Harry. I couldn't put the book down. I bought a copy, took it home, and read it cover to cover. Stone tells the story of his years as Harry's sidekick in a way that is at once funny, poignant, and even loving. In so doing, he reveals a side of Harry that did not fully come through on the air. This alone is worth the price of the book.
However, the humorous anecdotes, told by Stone in a way that makes them even funnier, also make the book worth reading.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Harry Caray was a self-made baseball celebrity with unlimited energy and love for the game and the fans. There will never be another like him. Read morePublished 11 months ago by trudaddy
Great book a quick read and is funny. Great insight from Steve Stone; a must have for Cub's fans who enjoyed both Harry and Steve on WGN!Published 17 months ago by keith a. simpson
I always enjoy watching a good Chicago Cub game. And nothing could excite me more than listening to Harry Cary broadcast the play-by-play action in the booth with Steve Stone,... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Marvin P. Ferguson
All my cub buddies told me I had to read this. There are some funny stories and good insights but I didn't find it to be great like they said. Read morePublished on September 11, 2013 by Joseph E. Bergeson
If you thought Harry Caray had anything to say, then maybe you'll be glad you bought this book. When Harry was forced to actually describe action on radio, he was as good as the... Read morePublished on May 3, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I wasn't really a Harry Caray fan but a friend let me borrow this book for a recent flight. I've always been a baseball fan so I thought I'd get something out it. Read morePublished on June 7, 2006 by Jeff
This book is one of the best ever. All you have to do is be a baseball fan. I gurantee even those dreaded Cardinal fans will love to read this book. Read morePublished on August 25, 2003 by Laurie
I grew up listening to Harry Caray and Steve Stone on WGN. I must say that this book brought back a lot of great memories and provided a lot of behind the scenes details that I... Read morePublished on January 6, 2003 by Arch Gregory Wolfe
Steve Stone opens up about his personal and working relationship with Harry Caray in this book. The many anecdotes will not only bring back many fond memories, but will also shed... Read morePublished on November 30, 2002 by Chris Frost