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Monday, April 13, 2009

A Great Voice Silenced: Harry Kalas Passes Away

Harry Kalas, the legendary broadcaster who had been the voice of the Philadelphia Phillies since 1971, collapsed today in the broadcast booth prior to Philadelphia's game against the Washington Nationals and he passed away a short time later at a Washington, D.C. hospital. Kalas was 73 years old.

Kalas won the Pennsylvania Sportscaster of the Year award 18 times. In 2002, the Baseball Hall of Fame presented Kalas with the Ford Frick award, the highest honor that can be bestowed on a baseball broadcaster. Kalas' distinctive baritone delivery also probably made him the most well recognized NFL Films narrator other than the "Voice of God" himself, John Facenda.

Basketball fans know that Kalas provided some of the narration for "Dr. J's Basketball Stuff," the video of basketball instruction combined with career highlights that Julius Erving made near the end of his Hall of Fame career. I will never forget the opening words of Kalas' voiceover of Erving highlights on that tape: "He is known and loved around the world as the Doctor--Dr. J."

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posted by David Friedman @ 4:33 PM



At Tuesday, April 14, 2009 9:01:00 AM, Blogger madnice said...

he was the voice of the people. a very sad for sports. the word legend is tossed around to frequently and the meaning of the word is diminished. Kalas; however, is a true legend. If anyone heard John Kruk on the radio yesterday you could tell what he meant to the people and players in Illadelph.


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