Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas Dies

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Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas Dies

Post by Force Commander » Mon Apr 13, 2009 2:43 pm

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Hall of Fame PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES broadcaster HARRY KALAS died TODAY after collapsing in the press box at NATIONALS PARK in WASHINGTON. KALAS, the voice of the PHILLIES since 1971, was 73. A cause of death was not announced. KALAS called the final out of last year's World Series victory by the PHILLIES on CBS RADIO Talk WPHT-A/PHILADELPHIA, the team's flagship, and was inducted into Baseball's Hall of Fame as the FORD C. FRICK Award winner in 2002.

KALAS joined the PHILLIES after broadcasting HOUSTON ASTROS games in 1965-70; he was also the voice of NFL FILMS since 1975 and broadcast NFL games for WESTWOOD ONE for many years. He started calling minor league HAWAII ISLANDER games while in the ARMY. His distinctive voice and delivery put him among sportscasting's elite, and his longtime pairing with the late RICHIE "WHITEY" ASHBURN on PHILLIES broadccasts became a PHILADELPHIA institution. After ASHBURN's passing in 1997, KALAS was paired with CHRIS WHEELER, LARRY ANDERSEN, and GARY "SARGE" MATTHEWS on the PHILLIES broadcasts.

KALAS' son TODD is part of the TAMPA BAY RAYS broadcast team.

"We lost our voice today," PHILLIES President DAVID MONTGOMERY told reporters. "He has loved our game and made just a tremendous contribution to our sport and certainly to our organization."

The PHILLIES' game against the NATIONALS today is being played as scheduled, but the team's visit to the WHITE HOUSE, scheduled for TUESDAY, has been cancelled.
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Re: Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas Dies

Post by cgarison » Mon Apr 13, 2009 7:15 pm

This town is devastated. Twitter and Facebook has been nuts with posts.

Godspeed Harry K. Philly misses you. Your team misses its voice.

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Post by genlock » Mon Apr 13, 2009 7:20 pm

Are there recordings available o of John Facenda and his narration and poetry
when he was with NFL films? He was the voice of God in football.
All I can find is one poem on u-tube about the Raiders.
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Post by Mike » Wed Apr 15, 2009 12:06 am

Most of us heard him as THE voice of NFL Films.
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Post by EZ103.3FM » Thu Apr 16, 2009 1:21 pm

genlock wrote:Are there recordings available o of John Facenda and his narration and poetry
when he was with NFL films? He was the voice of God in football.
All I can find is one poem on u-tube about the Raiders.
I've got this one - it's pretty good.
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Post by genlock » Thu Apr 16, 2009 2:20 pm

Excellent.
What a voice.
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Post by Dr. Loomis » Thu Apr 16, 2009 6:02 pm

I was at the game. I had to do a double-take when they put it up on the video board, and I didn't really learn what happened before listening to the postgame show on the way home. It certainly caught a lot of people off guard at the ballpark, judging from the generally confused reactions of the people around me after it was announced.

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Post by cgarison » Fri Apr 17, 2009 1:12 pm

Tomorrow will be the memorial at Citizens Bank Park. I imagine this town is going to be more nuts than during the Army-Navy game or for the "World Phucking Champions" parade. Kalas was loved and his work with NFL Films (across the river in Mt. Laurel, NJ) made him one of the great voices of American sports. Actually, he was number 41 on the list of best sportscasters in the nation.

I am grabbing my gal and heading out of town for the day. The AC Boardwalk should be nice.
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Post by Mike » Fri Apr 17, 2009 11:50 pm

I'd imaging Phillies fans feel the same as we Reds fans did the day Joe Nuxhall died.
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