Legendary Wrigley Field Organist Gary Pressy Announces Retirement After 33 Seasons
The Cubs have created or hosted plenty of legends over more than a century of baseball, very few of which have been more integral to the Wrigley Field experience than organist Gary Pressy. But after tickling the ivories for 33 years and nearly 3,000 games, Pressy announced Saturday that he will be stepping away to spend more quality time with his family.
After this, my 33rd season, I’ve decided to spend more quality time with my family. I can’t say thank you enough. -GP https://t.co/P2XwaXKl0h
— Gary Pressy (@GaryPressy) September 14, 2019
That means fans may only have nine more opportunities to sing the stretch with Pressy’s musical accompaniment. Wow, think about that. While baseball at Wrigley was around way before Pressy and will continue well after him, he will be sorely missed.
I propose that, rather than having to hear an endless parade of guest conductors ask a new organist if they’re ready, the Cubs use this as an opportunity to scrap the practice altogether. Go with Harry Caray on the video board for every game, with the exception of the occasional rendition from Ron Santo, Ernie Banks, or other Cubs dignitaries.
Best wishes in retirement, Mr. Pressy.