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Old 04-13-2009, 12:43 PM
 
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Died this afternoon at 1:20.
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Old 04-13-2009, 12:52 PM
 
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Mets fan here. One of my favorite sports announcers of all time. I am in shock and saddened. As a kid I would listen to the Phillies games on the radio even though it was very staticky(lived in Queens,NY) just to hear his voice. We lost a legend today. RIP Harry.
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Old 04-13-2009, 12:55 PM
 
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Me too. I'm 40 and listened to him nearly my entire life. He died doing what he loved though.
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Old 04-13-2009, 01:43 PM
 
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Not a Phillies fan, but really sad at this news. I grew up listening to "STRUCK HIM OUT!" and "THAT BALL IS OUTTA HERE!". I feel like a little piece of my childhood just disappeared. What a great announcer, one of the best, if not the best, in the game. RIP Harry.
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Old 04-13-2009, 02:14 PM
 
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I stumbled upon this sad news elsewhere. You had to figure it was going to happen sooner than later but you'd hope that he would be relaxing in the off-season. Phillie fans have turned the page to a new era with Mr. Kalas' passing. The same can be said with NFL Films where he also did a lot of voice-over work as well.

I'm definitely biased but the only other baseball announcer I'd put on the same platform with Mr. Kalas is another "Harry", the late Mr. Carey.

He will be missed.
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Old 04-13-2009, 02:34 PM
 
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I think they were on the same level, both Hall of Famers. Kalas did more nationally with NFL films.
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Old 04-13-2009, 03:07 PM
 
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Harry Kalas was one of the most prolific sports announcers of our time. He spent decades with the Philadelphia Phillies and also the National Football League. Kalas was involved with all the Super Bowl Videos with NFL Films for 25 years. Kalas called a number of NFC Championship games in that time frame as well.

Harry Kalas was also involved with the longtime one hour NFL show "Inside The NFL", which was on HBO for many years before switching to Showtime. He had one of the most distinctive voices ever.

He was also one of the best broadcasters ever as well. He will be greatly missed. RIP, Mr. Kalas.
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Old 04-13-2009, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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I teared up when I heard this. I remember going to a Phillies Photo day about 10 years back and Harry Kalas was the person I was most excited to see. He's the only one I posed in a picture with.

Loved that dude.
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Old 04-13-2009, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Silver Spring, MD/Washington DC
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I heard about Kalas' death immediately before today's Phillies/Nationals game in DC, the Nationals' home opener. Kalas died only 100-200 feet at most from where I was sitting and only a couple hours before I got to my seat. Also, even though I live in the DC area now, I visited my parents this past weekend and watched a little bit of Sunday's Phillies and heard him announce. Little did I know Sunday's Phillies/Rockies game would be the last game of Harry Kalas' career/life.

Harry Kalas truly was one of the giants in sports broadcasting. Obviously, all Phillies fans including myself have high regard for him, and one only needs to go to mlb.com to see the regard many of his fellow announcers had for him, as well as many current and former players. But as is noted above, Harry's influence also extended to the NFL, where he broadcasted games for Westwood One for many years and also served as the primary voice for Philadelphia area-based NFL Films for over 3 decades. Not coincidentally, his passing is also mentioned prominently on nfl.com.

There are two positives about Harry the K's passing - first, he got to announce a Phillies' World Championship before he passed away (in 1980 team announcers were not permitted to announce World Series games - that was changed the following year after complaints by Phillies fans). Second, he now again gets to spend time with his best friend in baseball, Richie "Whitey" Ashburn, as well as boyhood baseball idol, Mickey Vernon (who himself only died a few months ago).

RIP Harry. All Phillies and/or NFL Films fans will miss you.
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Old 04-13-2009, 07:05 PM
 
Location: SE Florida
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I loved Harry and Rich Ashburn together in the broadcasting booth. Harry was one of the best and combined with Rich Ashburn they were made for each other. I remember him saying that "something is wrong with your prostrate" and laughed and still get a laugh outta both of them and their sayings...

You are a real gentleman.. RIP Harry.
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