BREAKING NEWS: Harry Kalas Dead At 73

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Mon, April 13, 2009 02:26 PM | Comments: 82
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Hall of Fame Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas has died at age 73.


UPDATE (2:18 p.m.): I’ll post a remembrance after today’s game, which is still scheduled. More details should come in later today.

UPDATE (1:41 p.m.): Statement from David Montgomery: “I think it’s serious. Our thoughts and prayers are with Harry.”

UPDATE (1:29 p.m.): Allegedly Kalas was found passed out in the press box at Nationals Park. Kalas recently recovered from heart surgery, missing spring training but joining the team for the season opener.

From the Twitter of John Finger of Comcast SportsNet:

Harry Kalas rushed to GWU Hospital. Details to come.

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  • Posts: 0 Andy

    Oh my, this is terrible news! My thoughts are with you, Harry.

  • Posts: 0 L. Rosco

    I saw this on Philly.com. I’m not much of a prayer, but my thoughts are definitely with Harry today.

  • Posts: 0 JohnKruksLoveChild

    Hopefully it is minor, he’s had some complications over the past year or two that have required hospital visits, but nothing serious.

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  • Posts: 0 Chase Mutley

    Just saw this on philly.com too. Took the wind out of me. I hope everything is ok.

  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    Aw man. This iis one of the last legends left in broadcasting. I hope he fully recovers.

  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    OMG I hope and pray he’s ok….I’m a student at GW, and it would be awful if anything happened to him right on campus…

  • Posts: 0 Dave

    Saw this on ESPN…apparently Dave Montgomery said it “is serious” and the visitors clubhouse at the Nats’ park is closed to outsiders

    Hope he recovers, and fast. Best PBP man going.

  • Posts: 0 Kevin

    Just heard there will be a press conference at 2pm. Anybody else hear this?

  • Posts: 0 Havoc

    Have to echo everyone on this. Grew up listening to Harry, all we can do is hope and pray he’s ok.

  • Posts: 0 Kieran Kelly

    I hope Harry K is alright. I love that man. His voice just instantly puts me in a better mood.

  • Posts: 0 Mike

    I hope Harry is ok. I could never imagine watching a phillies game without him. I turn the radio on when he switches. My prayers are with you Harry K.

  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    I grew up listening to Harry & Whitey like we all did. Those guys both mean a lot to my memories of baseball.

  • Posts: 0 Sean A

    I’m prayin for the best outcome for him, truely a great man.. I just hope everythings alright

  • Posts: 0 TonyG

    Harry is a true class act in every sense of the word. You better get well, Harry!!

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    This is just rumor at this point… but I heard that Harry may have passed..

    A friend of a friend is in the know.. and I’m not saying that to scare anyone, just saying what i’ve heard..

    Keep him in your prayers.. and brace yourselves

  • Posts: 0 Joe Bonsall

    praying for HARRY!!!!!

  • Posts: 0 Mallory

    Todd Zolecki’s Twitter was just updated with “Tragic news. Harry Kalas had died.”

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    wow.. He hung on long enough to see them raise the 2008 banner, and collect their World Series Rings..

    It sounds bad, but that was the first thing I thought when I read the repot of him passed-out in the press box..

    What a blow to the organization, the voice of the Philadelphia Phillies has died.

  • Posts: 0 Ryan

    The Phillies have lost an iconic voice in the world of baseball. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  • Posts: 0 jess

    Philly fans will mourn this day. Our thoughts and prayers are with those close to him. We lost a legend today.

  • Posts: 0 Hugh

    Oh, Harry. You will be missed as much as you will be remembered. Thank you for so many amazing years as the voice of the Phillies and for being such a great man. Say hello to Whitey for us!!

  • Posts: 0 Chuck P

    Say it ain’t so… is this truth or rumor?? I mean, I heard that he collapsed at lunch on 610 and 1210 but neither station indicated that it was fatal. Washington Post and ESPN are the only ones indicating that he died…

    Nevermind… just updated the Phillies website… he has died. Wow. I’m speechless.

  • Posts: 0 Ryan

    rest in peace harry…summertime won’t be the same without you.

  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    He was basically one of the last legendary annoucners in all of sports left. Its just not gonna be the same. This is going to be a rough game today for the players and announcers. And its going to be really wierd for a long time after that listening to the games or watching without him.

  • Posts: 0 Mike D

    Good luck as you call the home runs St. Peter hits to win the Great Game in the Sky, Harry.

    Summer without Harry Kalas. Phillies games without Harry Kalas.


  • Posts: 0 JohnKruksLoveChild

    A piece of baseball dies with him, it just won’t ever be the same. Harry was there from my youth to present day, his voice is the very soul of the game.

    Swing and a long drive, he’s outta here. God speed Harry, nobody did it better.

  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    We have lost a great one. This makes me even more thankful that the ’08 Phillies got the job done. His final out call will be even more legendary now. Rest in peace, Harry.

  • Posts: 0 Aqualad08

    To the Kalas family and to Phillies fan everywhere, from the bottom of this Mets fan’s heart, my thoughts are with you as we all say goodbye to a class act…

  • Posts: 0 Paul

    Soo sad. I am a Mets fan but today my heart goes out to Harry, his family, the entire Phillies organization and fans. RIP you will be missed.

  • Posts: 0 Tim C

    This was so upsetting to hear. I am just shocked. RIP Harry.

  • Posts: 0 Jamie

    What a tragic loss. I’m so happy he got to see the boys win it all and get their rings. He’ll be impossible to replace, but we know he’ll be calling the game from the booth in the sky.

  • Posts: 585 Brian Michael

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    I’m gonna stop by GW hospital and leave flowers or start a vigil after the game…if it’s still played.

    We’ll miss you Harry.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck P

    It won’t be the same… fitting that he goes out on top, that is for sure. What a tragedy… the only voice that I’ve ever known. I remember feeling betrayed when they cut back his innings. I remember feeling like Wheels was a punk. I was at game 5; I’m thankful that I got to hear/see one of his lovely renditions of “High Hopes.” This is a sad day for Phillies Phans and baseball fans, alike. Sorely missed…

  • Posts: 0 matt p

    god bless harry. Ive been listening to harry for all my life with the phils.

    Philles without Harry…. say it aint so. we love you harry.

  • Posts: 0 Joedad

    Hard to believe Harry. We will miss you here and thank you for being the voice of our beloved Phillies. I know that you are now calling games again with His Whiteness.

  • Posts: 0 j cole

    listening to 1210, can’t keep my composure. replaying top of 9th from game 5…

  • Posts: 0 NC Jason

    I am numb right now..

    After I moved to NC I bought XM radio and listen to just about every game. I always looked forward to the 4th, 5th, and 6th innings because that is when he called the games.

    Glad he finally got to call a WS game (remember in 80 CBS had exclusive rights) and it was the calls and letters from Phillie fans that got the rule changed.

  • Posts: 0 Good Night Joe Carter


  • I’ll ALWAYS remember HARRY KALAS!


  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    Goodbye Harry…you were the voice of the Phillies for my entire life..watching games will never be the same…I’m still in shock and disbelief…lets hope you look down on the phils from heavan and they do you proud!!

  • Posts: 0 Woodman

    We have lost a baseball GIANT! As a senior in high school, living in Virginia in 1971, Harry was my link to the Phillies. Nightly, I would pick up the radio broadcast and listen to Harry’s call of the game. This tradition continued through my college years. My, how he could paint a picture with his deep baritone voice. A true LEGEND. He will never be replaced. One of a kind ICON. Rest in peace, Harry!

  • Posts: 0 L. Rosco

    Harry’s wife Eileen was a customer of mine when I managed the Suncoast in Springfield Mall. I knew her last name but it never occured to me that she was THAT Kalas. I called her when she ordered a movie and left a voice mail, but when the recorded message came on I immediately realized who’s number it was. I call back about 4 times just to hear the voice, and even told Eileen this wehn she came to pick up the movie.

    She gave me Harry’s tickets for a series against the Expos (it was a while ago). They were good seats!

    For anyone who wants to know, Harry Kalas love “The Day of Wine & Roses.”

    You are in my thoughts sir!

  • Posts: 0 adam

    RIP harry, smoothest voice and classiest announcer in baseball. the phils and NFL films will miss you dearly.

  • Posts: 0 ED8070

    Harry will be truly missed- no one can call a game like he can. Harry and the Phillies have always been one and the same. All of my phillies memories include Harry calling the games. No one will take his place. Now he can be reunited with Whitey once again. R.I.P. Harry

  • Posts: 0 Evan

    Harry’s voice is something I can conjur up at will, its tattooed on my brain. Everyone in Philly loved his play by play, his manner of speaking, and his love of the game and the Phils.

    He leaves the world with millions of fans and admirers. The man will always be a part of Philly to me.

  • Posts: 0 Mr North Jersey

    As a NY Mets fan I can relate with you fans having lost Bob Murphy a few years back myself. Kalas voice will be missed NFL Films will never be the same. I send my condolences to Mr Kalas’s family & friends.

  • Posts: 0 Phil

    I’m really choked up over this. I’ve been teary eyed since I found out. He was the voice of the Phillies and it will be hard to ever watch or listen to a game ever again.

  • Posts: 0 randy

    I will never for get hearing Home Run Micheal Jack Schmidt growing up…made me the phillies fan i am today…I live in Virginia and listen on the radio for him every game.

  • Posts: 0 Richie

    “Harry you will always be the voice of the Phillies! You will always be in our thoughts and prayers. A baseball game could never be called quite like you called it. Ten, twenty years from now I will still hear your voice.”

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Harry and his family. In all reality his extended family is all of us fans!!

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