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1945 CUBS WORLD SERIES
LAST OUT BALL CEREMONY
August 15, 2012


Academy Award winning Special Effects Director Michael Lantieri ceremonially imprisoned the 1945 Cubs World Series Last Out Ball in a special containment chamber in the Chicago Sports Museum at Harry Caray’s Tavern, Navy Pier. The Cubs lost the 1945 Series to the Detroit Tigers in 7 games and haven’t made another appearance in the World Series since. The famous Billy Goat was notoriously denied access to the 1945 World Series at Wrigley Field—thereby initiating the Curse of the Billy Goat. The containment chamber was constructed to ensure that the curse is imprisoned, along with the ball, for eternity (or until the Cubs win the World Series).

Lantieri also built the machine that destroyed the Bartman Ball—his movie credits include Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, Pirates of the Caribbean and countless others. The Containment Chamber was originally used as the featured prop in the final episode of the TV show "THE UNIT”. It’s made of a special metal alloy mixed with carbon fiber and utilizes a custom metal to metal seal that is impervious to high pressure, caustic fluids and extreme heat (and the Billy Goat Curse!). Lantieri also brought the original hover board from Back to the Future II—the movie in which it was predicted that the Cubs would win the World Series in 2015.

Harry Caray’s Restaurant Group owners Dutchie Caray and Grant DePorter, Billy Goat Tavern owners Sam and Bill Sianis and their famous Billy Goat were in attendance. We hope that inviting the goat to the ceremony and introducing him to the 1945 Last Out Ball before it was incarcerated in the containment chamber will finally reverse the curse.



CUBS OPENING DAY 2012, WINDY CITY LIVE
April 5, 2012

Thursday April 5th, 2012 was Opening Day at Wrigley Field and the Cubs took on the Washington Nationals. West Side Rooters President Grant DePorter and Treasurer Dutchie Caray appeared on ABC’s Windy City Live to discuss the Cubs, Harry Caray and the Opening Day food and drink specials being offered at Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouses.



West Side Rooters Chairman Ernie Banks also stopped by the show to talk about his long baseball career with the Cubs.



Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro stopped in to Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse in Chicago for dinner after the home opener that night.



THE 14th ANNUAL WORLDWIDE TOAST
TO HARRY CARAY

March 1, 2012


On March 1, Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts, “Mr. Cub” Ernie Banks, Dutchie Caray, Bobby Hull, Otis Wilson, Dickey Simpkins, Grant DePorter and others led fans at Harry Caray’s Tavern Navy Pier in the 14th Annual Worldwide Toast to Harry Caray as a tribute to the late Hall of Fame baseball announcer who would have turned 98 on that day. In addition to fans gathered at Harry’s and other toast locations across the country and around the world, so many fans tweeted their toasts to #ToastToHarry that it was trending on Twitter.

WLS AM Radio’s The Roe & Roeper Show broadcast live from the event—Mayor Rahm Emanuel called into the show and paid tribute to Harry. Guests were treated to performances by the Million Dollar Quartet throughout the show, including their rendition of Harry’s favorite song Take Me Out to the Ballgame.

In the spirit of welcoming the world to Chicago for the NATO summit in May, the Toast included a special salute to the visiting countries. Guests were able to sample international Budweiser and Pepsi products. This year also marked the five millionth toaster! In honor of this extraordinary milestone, one lucky toaster, Karen Hickey, won the Cubs fan experience of a lifetime: a 30-minute pitching lesson with Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood on Wrigley Field before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at a Cubs game! The package also included 4 Field Box tickets and a pre-game player meet n' greet, watching batting practice on the field and a tour of the broadcast booth.