Cubs to rededicate Harry Caray statue
CHICAGO - The Chicago Cubs will honor late Hall of Fame broadcaster Harry Caray at Wrigley Field Wednesday, September 1 with a rededication ceremony for his statue, promotional items for fans in the Bud Light Bleachers and a pregame ceremony.
Festivities will start with the rededication of Caray's statue outside of the Bud Light Bleacher entrance on the corner of Sheffield and Waveland avenues. Caray's statue had previously rested on the corner of Sheffield and Addison Street, which will soon be home to the statue of Hall of Fame Cubs outfielder Billy Williams. Harry's wife Dutchie Caray and Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts will rededicate Harry's statue from 12:15-12:30 p.m., followed by a toast in Caray's memory. Dutchie will then throw a ceremonial first pitch before Wednesday's game vs. Pittsburgh wearing a #23 Caray jersey.
In addition to the pregame ceremony, the first 3,000 fans 21 years of age and older entering the Bud Light Bleachers will receive a Harry Caray mask compliments of Budweiser. Additionally, Harry Caray's Restaurant Group has purchased 1,000 bleacher tickets for the September 1 game that will be given to fans free of charge. Interested fans can visit Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse on Kinzie Street to pick up a pair of tickets. This promotion will run through August 31 at 10 p.m. or until supplies last.
"We're forever appreciative of the years Harry Caray dedicated to the Chicago Cubs and look forward to honoring him in a place he loved so much at Wrigley Field--the Bud Light Bleachers," said Tom Ricketts, Chairman of the Chicago Cubs. "It will be a fun day at the ballpark for all of Harry's fans."
"Harry absolutely loved spending time with fans in Wrigley Field," added Dutchie Caray. "Our family is pleased that Harry's statue will welcome Cubs fans at the Bud Light Bleachers."