Monday, April 13, 2009

Harry Kalas: 1936-2009

(flickr photo by gajdam1)

Being a Philadelphia native, I'd like to dedicate my post today to Harry Kalas, the voice of The Philadelphia Phillies and NFL Films who died today before their game against the Washington Nationals. He was the announcer for the Phillies for 38 years, most memorably while teaming with Ritchie "Whitey" Ashburn until his death in 1997.

Harry was famous for his powerful voice, love of baseball, and the ability to listen to the game, but feel as if you were in the stands watching in person. You could almost smell the hot dogs and grass he was so good.

For anyone who watches or knows of NFL Films he was the voice of that too. Harry was honored in 2002 when he was inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown for sports broadcasting.

"...there's a long fly ball deep to left field, this...ball...is...OUTTA HERE, HOME RUN!"

Thanks for the Memories Harry.

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