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Harry Caray’s diary reveals he spent parts of 288 consecutive days in bars | June 3, 2014

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(PHOTO: Beth A. Keiser/AP Photo) (PHOTO: Beth A. Keiser/AP Photo)

Legendary Chicago baseball broadcaster Harry Caray was known to appreciate a cold Budweiser now and then. But a new Chicago Sun-Times report reveals that for tax-deduction purposes, Caray actually maintained diaries that included details of where he caroused, and with whom. The Sun-Times looked through Caray’s 1972 edition:

Saturday, Jan. 1, lists four bars: the Back Room, still on Rush Street, plus three long-ago joints: 20 E. Delaware, Sully’s and Peppy’s, with expenses for each $10.30, $9.97, $10, and $8.95. This in a year when a six-pack of Old Style set you back $1.29.

You needed to cite who you entertained to get the write-off, so on New Year’s Day he lists Dave Condon, the Tribune sports columnist; Billy Sullivan, who owned Sully’s; and Joe Pepitone, the former Yankees first baseman who had been traded to the Cubs….

“These guys did nothing but go out…

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