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Barb1111  (Level: 101.7 - Posts: 215)
Mon, 13th Apr '09 11:40 PM


Today the long-time voice of the Philadelphia Phillies, Harry Kalas, passed away. Harry had been calling Phillies games since 1971 and was as huge a presence in Philadelphia as the Liberty Bell, cheesesteaks and water ice.

He was found passed out in the broadcast booth as he was preparing to call today's game against the Washington Nationals and was pronounced dead shortly afterward. At least he died doing what he loved so much.

The city of Philadelphia is in mourning and Phillies games will never be the same.

RIP Harry K. We will miss you!

Quackinator  (Level: 165.3 - Posts: 151)
Tue, 14th Apr '09 12:07 AM

Thanks, Barb

I was going to start a post, but I had class tonight, and I knew I would have cried as I was writing, so...
It was bad enough when we were on break. I was reading some of the posts on, and sure enough,the tears fell. Apparently none of my students are baseball fans, nobody mentioned Harry.

I am an out-of towner, a Red Sox fan by birth, but over the years I've grown to love the Phils and Harry. I had the good fortune of being at the game last year when they clinched the NL East pennant. Nobody wanted to go home that night. It was such a thrill when the team came out of the locker room and shared the champagne showers with the fans. They were running around like little kids. Then Harry came out. He led the crowd in singing "High Hopes". It was a truly electric moment. (Here come the tears again).

Like most fans in the Delaware Valley, my husband and I turned the TV sound off to listen to Harry in the top of the 9th of game five. We hear Harry make the call that the Phils had won their first World Series in 25 years. He did not disappoint. The Philadelphia Phillies were 2008 World Champions of baseball.

I will miss Harry. I am thrilled that he went out on top. I hope that I have the good fortune to go the way that he did, doing what he loved.

Alvandy  (Level: 225.2 - Posts: 7525)
Tue, 14th Apr '09 1:29 AM

Harry Kalas was a true fan of baseball and a great play by play announcer. Tonight a local Pennsylvania TV station replayed the video of him leading the crowd in High Hopes.
I'll miss him too. A local radio station carries all the Phillies games
His "outta here" catchphrase when a Phillies player hit a home run won't be forgotten.

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