The legendary broadcaster for the Philadelphia Phillies, Harry Kalas, passed away the afternoon at the age of 73, shortly after collapsing in the broadcast booth at Nationals Park. The team is in Washington, D.C., today for a 3:00 p.m. game and were, Tomorrow, to visit the White House to celebrate its World Series championship last October. That event has been canceled.
I grew up listening to Harry call games and, regardless of whether you are a baseball fan or not, his voice–that voice–transcended sports broadcasting. Harry was known to be an exceptional man with a big heart, and in a town known best perhaps for its lack of class when it comes to all things professional sports, he truly showed enough for all of us.
RIP Harry Kalas 1936 – 2009. You’ll be missed.