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Harry Caray Spent 288 Consecutive Days in Bars in 1972

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Um, holy cow!

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, legendary broadcaster Harry Caray's liver put in just a tad of overtime in 1972.
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The CEO of the Harry Caray restaurant chain Grant DePorter inherited four boxes of memorabilia left behind by Caray after he passed away in 1998, boxes that contained Caray's "Day Book" among other things like World Series tickets and cashed checks.

In that Day Book, Caray kept a detailed record of his drinking expenses in 1972 when he was still calling games for the Chicago White Sox. According to that diary, Caray spent 288 consecutive days boozing in joints from the old-time bars of Chicago to wherever the White Sox road schedule took him with guys like Wilt Chamberlain and Gale Sayers.

The streak began on January 17 and ran through November 3, but the gang at Deadspin wisely pointed out that his entry on January 16 just read "Super," an obvious reference to Super Bowl VI. So, unless you're some clown who thinks a guy who drank for 288 consecutive days was able to watch the big game completely sober, the streak was probably well over 300 consecutive days.

The only blank entry in Caray's diary was November 6, and it appropriately ends with Caray taking a vacation in Acapulco. But we're pretty sure his liver was still on the clock.

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