Monday, April 13, 2009

Harry Kalas 1936-2009

Rest in Peace Harry Kalas. We, in the greater Philadelphia area will miss you terribly. The Phillies won't be the same without you.

Harry was preparing for the game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Washington Nationals in Washington DC. He collapsed in the booth before game time and passed away at the hospital. The Phillies were asked if they wanted to postpone the game but they chose, instead to honor him by playing because that's what Harry would have wanted. The Phils won that game, 9-8. Harry died doing what he loved to do... working for the Philies.

Harry was the announcer for the 2 times the Phillies won the World Series. He was there when Mike Schmidt hit his 500th home run in April 1987. He was there when Tug McGraw threw the last strike to win the World Series Championship in 1980. He was there when the Phils won the World series again in 2008. (Ironically, his son, Todd was the announcer for the Rays). Harry Kalas announced games for the Phillies for 38 years, since 1971. His distinctive "IT'S OUTTA HERE!" will be missed by all who heard him and loved him.

This is Jason Stark from, talking about the late great Harry Kalas, the voice of the Philadelphia Phillies.


Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

I just saw this on the news. So sad.

Janie at Sounding Forth said...

Awwww. That is sad. He will be greatly missed.

RecoveringActor said...

Actually, the 2008 world series was the only one that Harry was allowed to call. In 1980, it was against basebal regulations for the local announcers to call the games. They changed the rule three years later, in 1983. But then the Phils wouldn't win for another 25 years. So last year was the first world series Phillies win that Harry ever called. No one can say "It's OUTTA HERE" quite like Harry.

But my favorite Harry quote will still be: "Chase Utley... you ARE the man"

Kat said...

I still miss Harry Carey. Now another legend is gone. Rest in Peace Harry. I bet you and Mr. Carey will have a blast talkin baseball in heaven.

Charmaine said...

I went to a Phillies game once.

I got hit in the head with a ball twice.

I am NOT kidding.

I can't remember a thing that happened before that.

hee hee

Joanie M said...

Char, you wouldn't have heard Harry anyway. He was on the radio and TV.

Mary Ellen said...

Just wanted you to know I said a little prayer for Java. I hope your furry baby comes home safe and sound.

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Adrian said...

I love the way your girls get into it, Sprite is just a beginner so we'll see if she truly goes all out for the holiday.
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