Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Harry and Steve

More from Fleer, 1980's

Yes, that Harry. But no, a different Steve.

I knew announcer Harry Caray from his time on both sides of town, with the Sox from 1971 - 1981 and then with the Cubs from 1982 - 1997. Whenever we would try to imitate him (we tried to imitate all the announcers, Jack Brickhouse, Harry, Vince Lloyd, Lou Boudreau), the one catch-phrase of
Harry 's we would use was "He poooooopppppped it up!!" When it was a Cubs or Sox player who hit the pop up, there would always be a tremendous amount of disgust in his voice, especially if there were runners on base.

When I looked at this 1983 card of Steve Henderson, I was drawn to his face. You can see the disgust in Henderson's face as he looks up at the ball. And he seems to be looking more straight up, rather than out. I bet he popped it up. You can hear him swearing at himself.

And I could just hear Harry saying derisively, "He popped it up!"

I miss Harry.

If you do, too, you can go here for some classic Harry Caray moments.

1 comment:

  1. It would be interesting to try to find out which game this picture was taken at. It was probably sometime in 1982. I wonder if retrosheet has that kind of information (popouts, etc).