Monday, April 13, 2009

RIP: Harry Kalas, age 73

Truly a shame. At least he got to enjoy the Phillies' title last year.

Longtime Philadelphia Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas has died at age 73.

Team president David Montgomery announced the death Monday a short time after Kalas passed out in the broadcast booth before a game in Washington against the

Montogomery's voice was cracking as he said that "we have lost our voice."

Kalas had been with the
Phillies since 1971 and was known for his distinctive "Outta here!" home run call.

1 comment:

Marc said...

I would bet that if you had asked him, he'd say he went out the way he would have the broadcast booth.

Short of Bob Sheppard, who I'm obviously biased towards, Harry Kalas had the coolest voice out there.

The only other voice who compared to his was Don LaFontaine, the guy who did every action movie preview. Most started "In a world where..." He did that funny Geico commercial last year where we saw he face for the first time.

Harry was a top 3 coolest announcing voices with LaFontaine and Sheppard. With Sheppard a frail 97 now, we could lose all 3 within a year.

I hope the Law & Order guy takes his Lipitor!