Harry lived just shy of 84 years and we can assume he was drinking for 65 of those years (removing the last one or two years of his life when he slowed down and would drink O’Douls, yet would still pour it in a beer mug and pretend to drink Budweiser at games).
So, Harry told DePorter that he drank 73,000 Budweisers over his life. Over 41 years of drinking Budweiser (25 years with St. Louis and 16 with the Cubs), this averages 1,780 beers a year or 4.9 beers a day. But that still leaves 24 drinking years of his life (his White Sox days -- aka the Falstaff era -- and pre-broadcasting years when he wasn't being financially coerced into drinking Bud) unaccounted for. Assuming the same rate of 4.9 beers a day over those 24 years, that is an additional 42,924 beers.
THE GRAND TOTAL? 115,924 BEERS. Or to err on the safe side, accounting for year-to-year fluctuations in consumption rate (not every year can sustain 288-day drinking benders like 1972), a more conservative estimate would be between 110,000 to 120,000 beers. Either way, that’s a helluva lot of beer.
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The most mind-blowing thing we learned, though?
That Harry Caray, the famous “Cub Fan Bud Man,” drank MORE COCKTAILS THAN BEERS. Assuming the 115,924 beers figure to be accurate, and according to the 300,000 total lifetime drinks number given to DePorter -- which comes to an astonishing 12.6 drinks per day -- Harry drank 184,076 mixed drinks and 115,924 beers in his lifetime.