13 April 2009


Philadelphia Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas has died after passing out in the broadcast booth before today’s game against the Washington Nationals, team president David Montgomery said.

"We lost Harry today," Montgomery said. "We lost our voice."

Mr. Kalas, who turned 73 on March 26, has broadcast Phillies games since 1971. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002 as the recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award.

Kalas also narrated for NFL Films, broadcast Animal Planet's annual Puppy Bowl and did the voice-overs for the Chunky Soup commercials.

Harold Norbert "Harry" Kalas was born in Naperville, Illinois, graduated from Naperville High School in 1954 and graduated from the University of Iowa in 1958.

Kalas began his career in 1962 calling minor league games for the Hawaii Islanders while he was in the United States Army stationed in Hawaii.

Kalas made his major league debut in 1965 with the Houston Astros. He was hired by the Phillies in 1971 and was the master of ceremonies at the 1971 opening of Veterans Stadium, and was paired with Andy Musser and Hall of Fame player Richie Ashburn.

Kalas joined NFL Films in 1975, and remained there until his death today

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