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Monday, April 13, 2009

My Heart Aches

Phillies and NFL Films legendary broadcaster Harry Kalas died Monday. He was 73.

Phillies officials confirmed the death.

Kalas collapsed in the broadcast booth before Monday's game at the Washington Nationals, Phillies President David Montgomery told the AP.

Kalas was found by the Phillies director of broadcasting at about 12:30 p.m.

He was taken to a D.C. area hospital where he was announced dead.

Kalas was the voice of generations of Phillies fans.

He called Phillies games for nearly 40 years spanning the entire era of Veteran's Stadium and the opening of Citizen's Bank Park. He started announcing Phillies games in 1971 and announced his last game Sunday in Colorado.

He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002 as the recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award.

Kalas voiced more than just baseball games. He was known for his narrations for NFL Films. He also did NFL play-by-play on Westwood One.

His classic call "It's outta here" accompanied many great Phillies home runs including Mike Schmidt's 500th homer.

Kalas' close friend and fellow broadcaster Richie Ashburn also died while on the road covering the Phillies in 1997.


Bess said...

:( I'm sorry, Jenny...

Anna said...

it is so sad. I can't imagine listening to anyone else announce during a Phillies game! :(