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“The 11th annual worldwide toast to the late, great Harry Caray will be bigger than ever. This year’s theme — 101 — marks the years since the Cubs’ last World Series win, and the savvy Harry Caray’s restaurant CEO Grant DePorter has organized fans in all 50 states and 101 foreign countries to raise a glass in Harry’s honor and memory at 7 p.m. Feb. 19, the 11th anniversary of his passing. Along with 101 Harry Caray impersonators gathering at Harry’s first restaurant at Kinzie and Dearborn, Roe Conn will toast Harry on his WLS-AM (890) radio show between 5 and 7 p.m. on the 19th by playing many of the recorded messages to Harry’s memory from 101 celebs, including Will Ferrell, Brian Williams, Randy Jackson, Jim Belushi, Ernie Banks, James Denton, John Mahoney, Bob Costas, Gilbert Gottfried, Bill Kurtis, Joe Mantegna, Ryne Sandberg, Ben Vereen and Bobby Hull.”

Savvy. Hmm, good PR edit there, but I have my own thoughts on a guy who disregarded the Old Timers and our REAL history to the Cubs. I tried to cool to dePorter, but at the Westside Grounds rededication, he kind of held my card and …scanned me up… and down like I was a ruffian of the streets; a typical baseball hooligan getting kudos for helping the Way Out In Left Field Society get the word out, while Grant took a seat at the dias. Uh-huh.

As for Harry Caray, well he was a Sox announcer, caught in years if UHF broadcasts (I have the clippings, folks) and finally grabbing a spot with WGN, displacing the pal who got him the job, Jack Brickhouse. There’s a book or two and a lot of better color on Harry from his fellow broadcasters that ain’t too pretty, and my memory is short, so I wish somebody would check some old Sun-Times archives, –front page– about Harry’s divorce from the 1st Mrs. C. “I don’t know, I could be wrong” but do I accurately recall something about a diary? Our club sports archives missed that but it lasted a few issues. Anybody find that for us?

There are two teams on the Northwest side: Jack Brickhousers or Carays. Pick your table, pilgrim.

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CITY EVENTS

10PIN BOWLING LOUNGE

330 N. State St | Chicago, IL 60610 | 312. 644.0300 | www.10pinchicago.com

Cubs Home Opener Action at 10pin

Monday, April 12  $3 Old Style and PBR Bottles

Guests can catch all of the Cubs action on 10pin’s 128-foot, high-definition video wall supported by a nightclub-quality audio system while enjoying $3 Old Style and PBR bottles. HOURS: 11 AM – 1 AM Sun-Thurs, 11 AM – 2 AM Friday and Saturday

STRETCH RUN SPORTING CLUB & GRILLE

544 N LaSalle | Chicago, IL 60610 | 312.644.4477 | www.stretchrunchicago.com

Sox Home Opener at Stretch Run  Tuesday, April 6

$4.50 Cocktails, $4 20 oz Drafts Guests who stop by Stretch Run to watch the Sox Home Opener will enjoy specialty cocktails like the Black & White Sox on the Rocks with Blue Curacao, Raspberry Liqueur, Effen Black Cherry, garnished with a float of cream in a rocks glass over ice for $4.50, and 20 oz drafts for $4.

Cubs Home Opener at Stretch Run Monday, April 12  $4.50 Cocktails, $3 Bud Light Bottles

Guests are invited to join Stretch Run for the Cubs Home Opener and sip on specialty cocktails like the Blue Cubs on the Rocks with Blue Curacao, Bacardi Limon, and Sprite, garnished with grenadine and maraschino cherry for $4.50 and Bud Light Bottles for $3.

HOURS: Daily Lunch and Dinner: 11:00 AM-2:00 AM | Kitchen: Sunday-Thursday, 11:00 AM-10:00 PM, Friday & Saturday: 11:00 AM-11:00 PM

SUSHI TAIYO 58 E Ontario | Chicago, IL 60611 | 312.440.1717 | www.taiyochicago.com

Home Opener Drink Specials Tuesday, April 6 and Monday, April 12

Sushi Taiyo will offer baseball fans half-off sake bottles on Tuesday, April 6 for the Sox Home Opener and half-off wine bottles on Monday, April 12 for the Cubs Home Opener.

HOURS: Monday- Thursday 11:30 AM- 10:30 PM | Friday 11:30 AM – 11:30 PM | Saturday 11:00 AM- 11:00 PM | Sunday 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM

SUBURBAN EVENTS

DURTY NELLIE’S 180 N. Smith Street | Palatine, IL | 847.358-9150 | www.durtynellies.com

Free Hot Dogs at Durty Nellie’s for the Cubs Season Opener  Monday, April 5

FREE Hot Dogs and Beer Specials

Durty Nellie’s kicks off the Cubs Season with FREE hot dogs on Monday, April 5 when the Cubs take on the Atlanta Braves.  Guests can enjoy a free hot dog with the purchase of any beverage.  Complimentary hot dogs will be available from the first pitch at 3:10 PM until the seventh inning stretch.  Guests can choose from a variety of drink specials, including $10 buckets of Budweiser and Bud Light 12 oz bottles (five beers in a bucket).

HOURS: Sunday – Thursday: 11:00am – 3:00am | Friday – Saturday: 11:00 AM -4:00 AM

THE LUCKY MONK 105 Hollywood Blvd | South Barrington, IL 60010 | 847.898.0500 | www.theluckymonk.com

The Monk’s Cubs and Sox Home Opener Specials  Tuesday, April 6 and Monday, April 12

$3 Specialty Draft Beers, $10 Brat and Brew Special

For both the Cubs and Sox Home Opener games, The Lucky Monk will offer $3 Monk Drafts, as well as a Brat and Brew Special which includes a Monk Draft and Bratwurst, served with French Fries and Caramelized Onions on a Pretzel Roll, for $10.

HOURS: Sunday-Thursday:  11:00 AM – 11:00 PM | Bar and Lounge open until 1:00 AM | Friday and Saturday: 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM | Bar and Lounge open until 2:00 AM

Megan Osterhout | PR Manager
Blast! Marketing

www.blastmarketing.net

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The 70th Anniversary of His Opening Day No-Hitter

A special event luncheon Tuesday, April 6

Hall of Fame and legendary strikeout pitcher Bob Feller has accepted the Chicago Baseball Museum’s exclusive invitation to come to Chicago and commemorate the 70th anniversary of his Opening Day No-Hitter. To celebrate the historic occasion, the Chicago Baseball Museum, a 501(c)3 organization, will host a special event on Tuesday, April 6 at Harry Caray’s restaurant.

Tickets are limited, only 150 fans will have the opportunity to attend this program. Buy your tickets now. Seventy years ago, it was at the White Sox home opener that Cleveland’s Bob Feller pitched a no-hit game leading Cleveland to a 1-0 win at old Comiskey Park. This 1940 game is still the only Opening Day no-hitter to be thrown in Major League Baseball history. This was the first of three no-hitters for Bob Feller. Feller was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962. April 16, 1940 Bob is being congratulated by Lou Boudreau and Hal Trosky after pitching the only Opening Day No-Hitter in Major League Baseball history against the Chicago White Sox. Tuesday, April 6, 2010 Social & Lunch: 11:30-12:30 p.m. Program: 12:30-1:15 p.m. Autographs and Meet Bob Feller: 1:15-2:15 p.m. Cost: $50.00 Harry Caray’s Restaurant 33 West Kinzie Street Chicago, IL 312.828.0966

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OK, so the $6 May 12th game went really, really fast. Didn’t have a lot, and savvy Old Timers know to have that request in early.

We WILL have $7 or so Senior Day tickets to members, 2 maximum. Sept. 1st game.  Email me or call the office (which, of course, now forwards into my cell).

Mark B

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We Believe – The Movie will be released on DVD on April 13th! Start the 2010 season off right with the film that is a love story about Chicago and its baseball team. Pre-order your copy today!

http://www.virgilfilmsent.com/store/product.php?pid=348

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Join other fans for the latest news, contests and info about We Believe! Catch us on our official social networking sites:

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Director John Scheinfeld in Home Media Magazine

Check out We Believe director John Scheinfeld’s article in Home Media Magazine as he talks about the Chicago, the fans, and the upcoming release of the film:

http://www.homemediamagazine.com/documentary/virgil-delivers-a-hit-dvd-chicago-cubs-baseball-fans-18583

Here’s to a great season Cubs fans!

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