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Toasts of the town: Who deserves a toast like Harry Caray?

March 01, 2012|RedEye

Thursday was a special day in Chicago sports: The 14th Annual Worldwide Toast to Harry Caray.

The event marked what would have been the Cubs announcer's 98th birthday, with fans all over Chicago—and more than 100 countries—raising a glass of Bud, or other beverage, at 5:45 p.m.

It's a tradition that has become one of the most anticipated parts of the baseball season—for Cubs fans at least.

Caray's day stands along in Chicago sports, but are there other players/sports figures who could someday have a toast all to themselves?

Here are a few candidates.

Former Bears coach Mike Ditka

Chicago already worships him—and the entire 1985 Super Bowl-winning Bears team, it seems—so a toast to Iron Mike isn't far-fetched. His would be done with signature win, though.

Former Bulls guard Michael Jordan

The greatest NBA player ever. Six titles. Enough said, no? Bring your own cigar.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville

He's taken some heat from fans this year for what some see as questionable decisions, but Coach Q has an aura about him that is irresistible. Not to mention that Stanley Cup title he brought to Blackhawks nation.

Bulls guard Derrick Rose

It's a bit early to judge, but he is certainly on the right path. He's already dearly beloved in Chicago and an NBA title or four would seal the deal.

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