Harry Kalas, 1936-2009

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Baseball suffered a major loss on Monday with the passing of Harry Kalas. You are invited to share your remembrances and tributes to the legendary broadcaster in a comment below.

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I was only introduced to your voice a few years ago, but my dad can’t tell an old Phillies story without mentioning who was behind the microphone. I am thankful to have had a final opportunity to hear your voice this first week of the season. You will be greatly missed Mr. Kalas.
-Mark
http://philliesperspective.mlblogs.com

I will miss Harry, but I am happy for him he could leave this world doing what he loved. My condolences to his family.

im gonna miss you harry you where the best voice in baseball and im so glad that the team won the world series last year and you got too call it. I remenber having my tv volume low and blasting the game online to hear you call it . You where the best and always will be . You will be greatly missed Mr. Kalas.

On a very short list of my all-time favorite sounds, Harry’s voice is tops. Listening to him always made me happy (whether the news was good or bad for the Phils!) I cannot imagine the rest of this or future seasons without him cheering on our boys. Thank you Mr. K for being such a huge part of my Phillies-listening life. You will be missed.

May I add my condolences to the Phillies’ family on Harry’s death. While I have traveled around the world with the military and have listened to most MLB ply-by-play announcers, Harry rates with Mel Allen, Vin Scully, Jack Buck and Harry Carey as the most recognized voices in the game.

Harry’s passing is not only a loss for the Phillies, but for fans of the NFL as both a play-by-play man but as the voice who succeeded the legendary John Facenda on “NFL Films”.

God Bless you, Harry. He is waiting for you to join Harry, Jack and Mel.

Kalas had one of the greatest voices in broadcasting and more than that he was one of the nicest people in the world.

Last summer I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Kalas at Dodger Stadium after a Dodger / Phillies game. He didn’t come out and just hop on the team bus but instead signed some autographs for myself and others around and then hung out for over 35 minutes just telling stories.

It is always nice to get to meet the people that you admire and enjoy in sports but Harry Kalas took that to the next level. He was just one of us, a fan, that loved the game and loved sharing his thoughts and stories. He shared that when he was on the radio and when he was outside the booth as well.

John
Major League Ballhawk
http://ballhawk.mlblogs.com

Your voice will never be forgotten!!!

I grew up in Fort Wayne, IN as a Phillies fan. One of the greatest days in my young life was successfully being able to tune in a Phils game on AM radio one evening in the late 70s. Once I found 1210 AM I listened to as many games as I could. The reception ranged from clear to static-filled depending on the time of night, weather conditions, etc., but the constant throughout those years was Harry’s voice. His voice will ALWAYS be “baseball” to me. I will miss it dearly. Rest In Peace, Harry.

So sorry for the loss of Harry Kalas for the Phillies baseball team and for the city of Philadelphia. He will be greatly missed by all of the fans and the country. He was widely known and was a favorite. I had the opportunity to meet Harry over 20 years ago and had my picture taken with him. When I heard of his passing, I had to find that picture.
He was the voice of the Phillies and will long be remembered as such. No one will be able to replace him.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and the Phillies organization.

HARRY YOU are MR. PHILLIE.

I have been a personal friend of Harry Kalas and his first wife, Jasmine, since the late 70′s. We spent many wonderful times together having lunch before a game or in the hotel after games on the road. We were also friends of Whitey and losing him was a bad time for us as well. Now both of our lovely friends are gone and things will never be okay again. What a deep, empty hole they both leave in our hearts. At least, knowing both of them so well, I know they are now reunited. Rest in peace my sweet, sweet friend. I send all my love and prayers to Jasmine, Todd and Brad.

I feel like I just lost an Uncle! My husband and I met while working at the Vet and both grew up with the Phillies. It is going to be difficult to listen without him just as it was when we lost Whitey. Now they are reunited and calling games in Heaven. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and the Phillies Family. I can just hear him singing “High Hopes”. We miss and Love You Harry!

I will miss Harry Kalas broadcasting for the Phillies. Ever since I was a kid I have loved listening to Harry doing the Phillies play-by-play announcing. Watching the games will never be the same without hearing Harry’s increadible voice. He definately was the best announcer any sport has ever had. No matter how bad the Phillies were doing Harry always had a way of cheering you up. I am so gad he was finally able to announce the game where the Phillies won the World Series. Hearing Harry announce that last strike made it that much better. I’ll miss you Harry you were the best!

I grew up in the late 70′s and early 80′s listening to your voice on the radio with my dad. This was a period before the internet and before comcast and mlb tv. If you wanted to follow the phillies from a town 3 hours away you listened to the radio. We would go downstairs in our basement and turn on the game. It was nice me and my dad and your voice. I learned alot about my dad during those nights and about life in general. You were apart of that and I fill as if I lost a part of my childhood today. This past year I had the opportunity to take a tour of the new park and the most memorable part of the entire tour was not being on the field but was being in brodcast booth and seeing your chair etc. It brought back all those fond childhood memorirs of me and my dad. You will be missed not only by the inner circles of baseball but by countless others like myself who share similar memories of mine.

I grew up listening to Harry and to think of watching them and never hearing his voice again is just so difficulT.My prayers are with his family and Phils’ fans at this time.Godspeed Harry.

For me, Harry was truly the voice of the Phillies. Listening to the games on radio or TV just won’t be the same without hearing that amazing voice. He and Whitey are together again, calling the games from heaven. Rest in peace, Harry. Phillies fans everywhere will miss you!
Sue
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Harry Kalas was the Phillies, the players come and go but Harry…………….how we will miss you…………………..

I’ve been listening to Phillies broadcasts for more that 55 years. Saam, Campbell, Ashburn — I’ve heard them all. Harry was the best. All of us fans have lost something very special. Sympathies to the family and the team. This is a very sad day.

It breaks my heart to hear of Harry’s passing. The feeling is a pit in my stomach, similar to one I have experienced when a family member has died. Harry’s voice punctuated by summer nights, and now that I live on the West Coast, was one of those distinctly “Philadelphia” things that I love so much. Harry was such a treasure and we should remind ourselves at this hour of grieving, that folks like Harry simply can’t be here forever, and we need to savor every moment with them. Harry was the best.

All Philadelphia lost a favorite uncle today. Hard to imagine baseball without that voice.

While I am not a fan of Philadelphia Sports teams, my heart and prayers go out to the family of Mr. Kalas. He seemed to be part of a dying breed of sportsjournalists. He did not have to be loud to prove his worth. His voice was fatherly, smooth and assured, especially in his calls on NFL football and NFL films. I am sad that now it seems that sportsjournalism in print , camera, and microphone is predominated more and more by loud, obnoxious voices who care more about controversy than the games and insult the very public they are called to serve. Mr. Kallas was never like that. Philadelphia, you were blessed to have a gentleman sportsjournalist in Harry Kalas

Thanks for all the memories Harry. You truly are the best. I miss you deeply. Thank you for all the years, especially when the Phils weren’t good. I am so happy that you finally got to call a World Series victory.

I will never forget the time I actually got to meet. It was in 1994. I was waiting with a friend to see some players after the game. Well, you came out and all I had for an autograph was a brown paper bag. You delightfully signed it. And has you drove off in your car, you waved to me as I took your picture. Thank you for that memory.

God Bless you as you are now with your friend Whitey.

I am 36 years old and a lifelong Phillies fan. I have never known the Phillies without Harry Kalas – he was the great voice of the Phillies as far back as I can remember. The players, coaches, and managers came and went, but Harry was always there. It was one of the great things about this ballclub – if you’re a Phils fan, then you get Harry Kalas, the best broadcaster in baseball. I’m just glad that last year he got to see the team win it all one more time. He was a class act and he will be missed. He is irreplaceable.

As a lifelong Phillies fan and pseudo-milatary brat, I’ve listened to Harry from the Jersey shore to the Phillippines (during the 1980 playoff run). As I have lived in the midwest for the last 15 years, there was nothing better then being able to pick up the Phillies broadcast in the car and catching Harry doing the middle innings. I listened to him instead of the watching the TV during last year’s World Series. Its tough listening to the Scott and Larry struggle with their emotions today, because I want to cry too. A sad,sad day.

Harry was the Phillies. His voice unmistakeable. Harry truly bled Phillies red. We all will miss him terribly. Watching the Phillies won’t be the same. I am watching the game today and its not the same, there is something missing, an emptiness. Harry will forever live in our hearts. I am glad Harry got to see us win one more World Series. RIP Harry. We are blessed to have had you some many years in the Phillies family.

It will be hard to watch or listen to a game without hereing Harry’s voice. Just think harry is now with he’s best from whitey asburn. Harry you will miss. God bless you Harry Kalas.

I’m a Cardinals fan, but I’d watch Phillies games on MLB.TV just to hear Harry’s voice. He pulled me in no matter what the situation. I thank the baseball gods for Harry and am glad that at least he got to go out on top. He will be missed, dearly and forever.
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/

I couldn’t believe the Phillies were going to replace Bill Campbell with a non Philadelphian…Harry Who?…but then i fell in love…my God he even replaced John Facenda at NFL films, he was that good… and the rest is history…I have High hopes that he is in heaven watching the game with Whitey smoking a big old cigar…Weren’t we so very lucky to have had them for so many years…Sometimes, God is just good…

I’ll add my memories to those talking about picking up 1210 all over the country. I remember getting it in Atlanta, West Virginia, and, most recently, driving down to far SW Virginia to visit my daughter and having Harry and his colleagues for company on those long drives. My daughter told me about following the Phillies last year, sometimes going out to the car the hear Harry. We are all very sad this evening.

I remember one time after a game, my dad and I were walking past the parking garage outside the stadium, and we heard Harry’s staple voice. We followed it and there he was, signing autographs through the fence. He kindly signed a ball for us.
My favorite Harry memory is when he sang “Auld Lang Syne” at the last game at the Vet. He was great and will never be forgotten. Ever.
-Dan
http://twelvesixcurve.mlblogs.com/

Harry Kalas has been synonymous with the Phillies literally since as long as I can remember; I was born in 1972. One of three daughters, I grew up sharing my father’s love for the Phillies. I cannot hear Harry’s voice without also feeling the warmth and joy of my childhood days, without feeling very near to my dad, whom we also lost much too soon. Harry’s voice has been a gift to me especially these past 13 years, an enduring link to beloved memories. We treasure upright, passionate, kind people like Harry. Baseball has lost one of its all-time greats today. We share in our tears — and in our gratitude that Harry got to witness and call the Phillies’ 2008 championship season, so long in coming. Peace to the Kalas family and all who loved him.

i am so saddened by this news. i dont think any televised phillies game will EVER be the same again. thanks for the memories, you will be missed!

The Phillies games will never be the same. My condolences to his family and the team.

Harry Kalas was the only Phillies announcer I really knew. Every game since I was born, in 1992, he called. I couldn’t imagine anyone else behind he mic but him. He will be greatly missed. I can still hear the echoes of his World Series winning call. “STRUCK HIM OUT!!.” Some of his calls will live in my memory forever. Harry, the entire city of Philadelphia loves you and misses you. The remainder of this season is for you. The team to repeat will fight to repeat for you. We will always have high hopes for our team the Phillies.

Kevin

i was born in june 1971 and your first year was 1971 with the phils. i know nothing but harry kalas and the wonderful memories he left me and many others over all these years!!! baseball broadcasts will never be the same for me…love ya harry!!!!

Philadelphia has lost a great legand. I remember as a kid listen to the radio games with my Dad and hearing Harry voice. You could always tell he loved the game. My Dad also just passed away this year and I took him to a photo night game and he was so glad that he got to meet Harry. That meant more to him then the players that day and Harry stopped and talked to him for about 5 mins.
To Harry’s family my thought and prayers go to your family

Harry, we’ll miss you !!!!!!!! Our loss is heaven’s gain……..Thanks for the great memories…………

my condelences to his family and friends. thank you harry! spring never arrived for me and now my children until we got to hear your voice it was a rite of passage. you will be sorely missed but never forgotten. i know whitey has a nice cigar waiting for you wish i could hear the banter! God bless you harry for He has blessed us with you

my condelences to his family and friends. thank you harry! spring never arrived for me and now my children until we got to hear your voice it was a rite of passage. you will be sorely missed but never forgotten. i know whitey has a nice cigar waiting for you wish i could hear the banter! God bless you harry for He has blessed us with you

i will always remember his golden voice. you could tell just by listing to this gentleman,he loved life,baseball,and “DA PHILLIES”.part of harry past away when “whittey ” died,we all knew that. and now just as then. part of philly died my deepest condolences to the Kalas family. we all will miss him

Of the many things to love about the Phillies, hearing the voice of Harry Kalas was one of the best. I’ve been a Phillies fan for 50 years, and raised my two sons to be fans as well. Although we each have our own favorite players and personal memories, one thing we all three have always had in common is our love for the sound of Harry, Whitey, and Wheels bringing the game to life.

There are lots of great and memorable announcers in the game, but having a great delivery is only part of the story – being able to connect completely with the fans is the real test of a broadcasting great. Harry did that better than anybody, and always brought out the best in his partners as well. Philadelphians are truly lucky to have the knowledgable, comfortable reassuring voices of the people in Harry, Wheels, and others over the years.

Harry Kalas was not only loved by the fans, he was truly loved and respected by the players too. Over almost 40 years in Philly, Harry was always seen by players as a friend, a mentor, a fan, and a teammate. He always had a positive thing to say to pick somebody up, and a way of overlooking any flaws or problems that others might zero in on. I’m so glad Harry was recognized and honored by the game of baseball with his induction to the Hall of Fame.

Thanks, Harry for the memories – for bringing us the thrill of each special call and for teaching us how to love the game!

While Philadelphia has lost a legend and baseball has lost one of the greatest voices in broadcasting, I can’t help but think that somewhere up above Whitey is reaching out his hand – a pipe clenched in his teeth, and beckoning to his friend to join him in another booth where the team will be reunited to continue talking about the game they loved.

Joe G.

Summer will never be the same.Great announcer Great person

For as long as I have been a Phillies fan the only voice I know is Harry’s. As I watch the game today, it felt like i was watching the game on a different network because I didn’t hear “Outta Here!” My orayers are with the Kalas family and the extended family of Phillies fans around the world who will miss our brother Harry. God bless all of you. I will always remember the call of the final game of last years championship. I was watching it with my son who was two at the time, and as soon as Fox played Harry’s call of that final pitch, my son said, “Daddy, struck him out!” He did his best to sound like Harry. It brought a tear to my eye, as did hearing the news today. Thanks for the memories Harry.

I’m 25 years old and a huge a Phillies fan. Some of the greatest memories as a child was hearing Harry Kalas’ voice. I loved listening to him broadcast all those games and especially hearing him calling homeruns. Just hearing him say OUTTA HERE just brought chills everytime. I was so happy last season when he finally got to call a World Series championship. I will never ever forget hearing him call the last out. I have it memorized in my head. I wish I got to meet him. I feel like I lost an uncle. My heart goes out to Harry’s family and friends, the whole Phillies organization and Phillies fans everywhere. Rest in Peace Harry, I will miss you.

I am completely shocked and speechless and very affected by this news. When I turned on my TV in 1986 and I flipped channels, I came across a baseball game played by the local major league team: the Philadelphia Phillies. I was seven years old then and didn’t know what a baseball really was or what I was watching, but I heard a voice that was so catchy that I just couldn’t stop watching. It was the voice of a man named Harold Norbert Kalas. I am 30 now and will always be a little kid when I remember Harry. Whether it’s baseball season, football season, basketball season or whatever, fans of Harry Kalas will NEVER admit that they ever forgot those two famous words that were born when Greg Luzinski hit a bomb at the Vet: “OUTTA HERE!!!” When Harry and “Whitey” Ashburn were assigned to each other, I believe that was, is, and always will be a blessing not only for those two, but for us all. Two of the greatest voices in history are gone. Heaven gained another gift. God’s gift has come home. I will never forget Harry the K. Harry the K’s will live forever in Citizens Bank Park and Harry Kalas will live forever in the hearts and souls of Harry’s fans. My thoughts and prayers go out to Todd and Kane Kalas and the rest of the Kalas family. I hope to represent his fans when I say that I love you, Harry. I will miss you, Harry. I hope you give ‘em hell in heaven and I’m glad your bad health is finally OUTTA HERE and you are rewarded with a permanent home, a home where you belong: Heaven Stadium. A stadium with a broadcast booth so wide and crowded with such great people that there will be no other. R.I.P., Harry. I love you.

To Harry’s loved ones…we are so sorry for your loss.
My husband and I have broken hearts today. Harry was a beloved part of our lifelong dedication to the Phils…there will never be anyone to fill the shoes he and Richie have left behind. We know that Harry will never be forgotten. “Outta here” will echo forever.

I had the honor of working with Harry as radio producer in the early nineties. Please follow the link below for some of my memories and thoughts on this very sad day.

Billk

http://hubpages.com/hub/Harry-Kalas

Harry will never be forgotten by the world of baseball. He was to the Phils, as Buck was to the Cards, or Skully is to the Dodgers, or Harwell is to the Tigers, or Rizzuto and Allen were to the Yankees, or Caray… or Brickhouse… or Brenneman…. For us Phillie fans he was our voice of summer. Never again will someone say “Looong drive, way back, it’s outta here” and have it mean so much as when Harry said it. I will continue to watch and listen to the Phils, but it won’t be the same. Harry will be missed, but the memories remain.

Thank you Harry Kalas

I feel like I lost a dear uncle today when I heard the news. Although I live in the DC area and work in DC, I am a life long Phils fan. I am 46 and Harry’s voice was the one thing that I could count on year after year. I will always remember his tag line, “Struck Him Out!” I am glad the Phils were able to win one the World series one more time for Harry. Good bye and God bless Harry, us Phils fans are much better for having known you.

How sad it is lose such a great person as Harry Kalas.We will all miss him.I was twelve years old when he came to Philly he’s the voice of the Phillies I will always remember.
God bless the Kalas family as we all greive together for the
loss of Harry

As many fans of baseball and the Phillies, the game today was secondary to the lose of a great man who transcended the sport and his profession. When I was teaching the love of the game and what it meant to be a Phillies fan to my son, even he at age 6 knew how extra special Harry was as an announcer. One of the first drawings I can remember from my son was a ballplayer hitting a homerun and next to it in a bubble was Harry’s “it’s outta here”. No other tribute needs to be mentioned . Kids, men, mothers, grandparents, everyone, we all are less today then we were at the start of the day. God bless Harry- Go Phils

The only thing going through my head right now is “Outta here, home run, Michael Jack Schmidt.” That familiar voice, and how he always called Schmidt by his full name. When Fox played him calling the final out in the World Series, that was when I knew I wasn’t dreaming. God has got to be a Phillies fan, because he has the two best announcers up there with him right now. Thank you for all the memories Harry, you weren’t just an announcer or a fan, you were likely a family member. We will miss you.

My condolences to the family and friends of Harry Kalas, a man who could spin a baseball tale unmatched by few others. As a lifelong Mets fan with vivid memories of the triumvirate of Lindsay Nelson, Bob Murphy and Ralph Kiner, Harry could connect with any baseball fan driving within earshot of his voice. When driving within radar of a Phillies station and not knowing the station number, all I needed to do is listen for the sound of Harry’s soothing voice. May his memory be for a Blessing.

I was never a big phillies fan but I couldnt wait for the season to start Just to hear Harrys voice. He was one of a kind sportscaster no matter what sport. I just wish his friends and family Nothing but the Deepest sympathy. Harry…..Rest in Peace..you were the Best!!!!!!!

You were the voice that was there for 3-4 hours a day all summer long. When my Mother passed, you were the comforting voice to clear my mind. My son at 2 started saying “that ball is outta here” He is 3 now and I am sure he will never forget the famous “Watch that baby fly” Thank You Harry the K, for the memories and I am so happy to have heard World Champions in that one of a kind voice.

I think they should play a clip of Harry’s voice at every home game this year…. ” Job well done Harry”

While I didn’t know Harry personally, his loss feels personal to me. Harry’s voice was the sound of summer to me, and he and his wonderful voice will be missed. My condolences to Harry’s family for their loss. It is hard to imagine Phillies baseball without Harry, and he will be in the hearts and memories of Phillies fans always.

From this Cardinal fan, may I extend my deepest sorrow for this Phillies loss. Mr. Kalas will definitely be missed. As much as I am saddened by his passing, I find some joy in knowing that he did get to see the 2008 Phillies win it all.

My Condolences to the family Phils fans will never forget Harry and all the memories . Thank You Harry May God Bless You

Today truly was a sad day for Phillies fans everywhere. Hearing about the passing of Harry Kalas was so shocking. I honestly didn’t believe it at first. Then turning on the game and hearing that he died was hard to take. Hearing all of the other announcers crying and fighting it back was tough. I know that Phillies baseball announcing will never be the same. Hell baseball won’t be the same. He was one of the best announcers of all times, and had such a memorable voice. To think I will never hear that legendary voice saying “Watch that baby…its outta here,” is rather hurtful. The first Phillies game I attended he stood up and took the microphone and sang “Take me out to the Ballgame.” It was a game I’ll never forget. Then going to the game the night they honored Harry and Whitey, and bringing home the bobble heads. Then there of course was the game that was all about Harry, when they gave out slammers, that when you slam it, you hear some of his great lines. He will truly be missed by so many. Listening to the Phillies will never be the same. At least he got to go in the way he wanted, doing the thing he loved! Yesterday was the last time we all got to hear him and his excitement for a Homerun and a Win! Here’s to Harry! May he Rest in Peace, but Never be forgotten!

I was in a meeting when Harry passed today. I found messages from friends and family on my office phone and spent the balance of the day returning those calls. What is it about a person that can bind so many people together? Clearly, it goes beyond Harry’s distinctive voice. He had that rare ability to connect directly with his listeners.

Despite growing up in Baltimore Oriole territory, I became a Phillies fan in 1964 at the age of 7years old. I remember watching and listening to the games with By Saam, Bill Campbell, and Rich Ashburn. At first I wasn’t enamoured with Harry, but after several years, I began to enjoy him.

During Harry’s second season with the Phils, I begged my Dad to take the family to see a double header in the new stadium. The trip from Gettysburg, Pa was a long one. My family sat through a Steve Carlton 1 hit victory a very forgetable nightcap loss to the Expos. Talk about love!

My Dad passed in 1993 and I have to believe that he was there today to welcome Harry. Even though Dad was primarily a football fan, he respected Harry and enjoyed his voice.

Thank you for everything Harry. You are truly unforgettable.

Harry was special to me. Not only was he a childhood idol, his true giving to our family was a site to behold. I will never forget his reaction when I wanted him to sign a 1971 Phillies program during his first year. “Oh, wow!” was his response. He even announced a get well wish on the air after my auto accident last year. He made me feel special. What a class guy. Harry, “you were the man.

Harry was the most humble person I ever met. I will never forget last year when he refused to take my seat when our train from New York last year was standing room only. He made it a point to give to others even though he was over 70! He was a truly special icon.

It is so hard to think about never hearing harry call the game anymore. I aws at opening day with my dad in1971 only 3yrs old now 40 the only voice i know is harry! all us fans are gonna miss him. i have been lucky enough to hear him call alot of memores for the phillies including 2 world championships! I know he is happy right now back with his long time friend richie ! looking down on us and the phillies. he will be sadly missed by all of us. Lets win one more championship for harry guys!! RIP harry we love you :)

I couldn’t believe Mr. Kalas was gone when my husband told me. We watched the game today and it was bittersweet. And the Comcast Sports crew is doing a wonderful job honoring his memory. Who can forget Harry singing “High Hopes”? It won’t be the same listening to a game. God Bless his Phamily, Phriends and the Phillies organization.

First, I’d like to give the Kalas Family and the Philadelphia Phillies family (I am a life long member of that family) my deepest sympathy.

My happiest memories are the two World Series Wins and of course Mike Schmidt’s 500th home run.

Harry, I will truly miss you calling the games. I don’t get the television broadcast where I live but I do have XM Radio and always looked forward to the fouth inning to hear you. You were simply the best.

May the Lord be with you and always with you.

In the early 80′s I can remember when my dad would be watching a game and I would hear Harry’s voice and come running to watch the game with him. My father past away last March 2008 and it has been a tough one year. Now this, it feels like another piece of me has been removed. Summers reminds me of either going to the Vet with my dad or watching a game at home and hearing Harry’s voice. It felt natural and just so right. There is a hole in my heart and the heart of the phillies that I feel can not be filled. Harry you will be missed and I wish you and your family God Speed. Harry you will never be forgotten. Thank you so very much for all the years and memories.

Harry The K, your bad health is OUTTA HERE!!!!!….the game of baseball will never be the same without you….i’ve been a lifelong phillies fan and i grew up listening to your distinctive voice along with whitey, the sweet sound of “Swing and a miss, struck him out!!!!! the philadelphia phillies are 2008 world champions of baseball!!!” will be echoed forever….and i know you’re up there smokin a cigar in baseball heaven with whitey, you will be missed deeply God speed to you, and to the Kalas family, may i extend my sincere condolences in this tough time.

It is going to be hard to listen to the games without hearing Harry’s voice. I have listen to his voice since i was little. He will greatly missed!! Everytime i heard his voice i knew it was baseball season!! We love you Harry and you will be missed!!

I’m 39 and lived in Philadelphia all my life. Life and the Phillies will go on but listening to the games will never be the same. The comfort of Harry’s voice on spring and summer nights (and some amazing fall evenings) represents a bridge from my father to my childhood to my 8 year old son. My sympathies to his family and to all fans who his voice and character touched over the years. Harry always had his corny, midwestern high hopes, and some of that couldn’t help but rub off on us tough, cynical Philadelphians. Thank you for giving us a lifetime of audio memories.

For the City of Philadelphia my prayers are with you i am also in mourning of the passing of lengedary Harry Kalas. Even tho I am a Pittsburgh Pirates fan I always loved to listen to Philles games as well and hearing Harry calling ball games he will always be one of my heros in the broacast booths I am going to miss him deeply and as I close I will say MAY GOD BLESS YOU HARRY KALAS. A fond farwell and goodbye. From Kenny Weaver Martinsburg,Pa

This is a complete shock to me. I’m on vacation and here our beloved Harry passed away. I grew up listening to him and Whitey as a kid and into adulthood. Harry was one of a kind. That 80 series was a kids dream come true for all us fans and the guys in the booth alike. I remember the parade, Harry and Whitey, and the joy I felt being a Phillies fan. Harry I’m sure last season was for you as much as it was for the players. Like the Zink, Gene Hart, and Whitey you will be terribly missed

I feel like i lost a close friend today. Harry we are going to miss you so much – you can never be replaced. May God bless your family. And may they get some comfort in knowing how much you were loved by so many. Watching and listening to the Phillies will never be the same. Rest in peace my friend.

We love you harry,tell whitey we say hi

There can never be another Harry Kalas. He wasn’t only a broadcaster to us, he was a family member. I’ve never met Harry, but I feel as if I lost a part of me. I will never forget the summer nights down the shore falling asleep with my head on my Mommom’s lap listening to Harry call the game. I never knew Harry, but his place in my heart is real. Harry loved the Phillies and there was no doubt that he felt the pain and the elation that we as a city felt. We laughed, cried and sang together for 38 years and our lives will never be the same without him. We know he’s with Whitey now, watching over our Phil’s. The void in our hearts cannot be filled by anyone else, but there is no doubt that Harry will live in our hearts forever.

Throughout the years, no matter how bad the Phillies were playing, I would always feel drawn towards the TV or the radio as a kid just to listen to Harry Kalas tell the story. A Phillies fan through and through, he still never seemed biased in his announcing. Perhaps the thing I’ll remember most about him are the things I don’t remember: his consistent calling of the game that made it so enjoyable to watch and listen to. He is every bit responsible for the success of this franchise as any player, and the void just simply cannot be filled by anyone or anything. Like so many of my generation, I grew up listening to him. He is responsible for most of my baseball knowledge. These are things I will never forget. Goodbye Harry. We miss you!

Harry and Whitey together again. Calling the game from their heavenly booth. We love you both!

I was lucky enough to hear Harry while a kid growing up in Houston. Philly fans may not relate, but to a 10 year old, Harry made the Astros failed run at the 1969 NL West real. 40 years later, I still remember the honest excitement as a 4-20 team from April was making hay in August. I don’t know if there is an archive, but if anyone can find an August series between the Astros and the giants, there is a Kalas call of Larry Dierker striking out Bobby Bonds and Willie Mays in the same inning. He made it alive, I was running around the house like a madman. He made the game alive, he made the commercials (Lovera, the great state’s great cigar!!!) come alive. I am a baseball fan because of the magic of the radio and voices like Harry Kalas.

To hear his voice as I grew up, it was always a call to the transistor radio of the 1960′s.

Harry’s voice will never be silenced. Thanks for the memories..

Like everyone else, I grew up listening to Mr. Kalas calling the Phillies games, and he was the best there will ever be. Philadelphia baseball will never be the same without you Mr. Harry Kalas… God Bless you and your family, and may you rest in peace.

Thank you Harry. You have given Phillies fans so much, with your wonderful voice, and your demeanor, and you are already missed. I am so glad that we won last year so that you could fulfill your dream of calling a winning World Series moment. My condolences go out to your family, and all of your friends (all of Philadelphia). Thank you.

Shocked…just shocked. Guess I should have been prepared since I’ve been listening to him since I was 4 years old but it’s so hard to accept. I remember meeting him at my first Phillies game in 1974, and remember hearing Schmidt’s 500th home run call as I was studying for an exam at my aunt’s rowhome in Juniata. We lost an icon today. Now he’ll be making calls in heaven with Richie Ashburn. We will miss you Harry.

Thank you Harry. You have given Phillies fans so much, with your wonderful voice, and your demeanor, and you are already missed. I am so glad that we won last year so that you could fulfill your dream of calling a winning World Series moment. My condolences go out to your family, and all of your friends (all of Philadelphia). Thank you.

The man may be gone, we love you and miss you; but the voice will live on forever!

An institution has ended. No other voice brought as much shear pleasure to listening to Phillies baseball as ‘HK’ did. If there is an ‘other side’, one can only hope Ashburn and Kalas are back together again in some other time, place or dimension bringing baseball play-by-play pleasure to others — like they did for us.

O, how we will miss you, Harry. It will never be the same again. Thanks for all those years and God Bless. Say hello to Whitey for us.

As a fair weather Phillies fan, I can’t claim the personal loss of Harry Kalas as others, but I had the incredible luck of twice meeting him. About 25 years ago, I was sitting in a roof lounge of a hotel in San Francisco and in walks Harry Kalas and Richie Ashburn. My SF hosts had no idea who they were, but I was totally floored. I sheepishly went up to them and asked if they would mind taking a picture with me and Harry said, “C’mon Whitey.” They were great sports and posed with me and the picture, a little blurry, remains a great memory for me. Eight years ago, Harry Kalas was at a fundraising luncheon for one of the Phillies favorite causes, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). I was asked by the program organizers to introduce the guest of honor and was lucky enough to have Harry Kalas call me up to the stage. As I walked up to the mike, I commented that it has to be one of the greatest honors in the world to have one’s name announced by Harry Kalas. He smiled. And today on his passing, I thank him again for bringing back this special memory.

I’d like to think he and Whitey are reunited now. I’ll always remember their unique take on the nightly trivia question. “How about that… ?” Whitey would guess. When he missed, Harry always said “A good guess… but IN-correct.”

You will be unbelievably missed, Harry.

I don’t know how to listen to a Phillie’s game anymore. I do not think anyone in Philadelphia will know either. Philadelphia lost a friend today. A friend that we went to the ballgame with us every time we turned on the game on TV, on the radio, or went to the ballpark.

I have never…never listened to a Phillie’s game without him. I would turn the radio on in favor of the Philadelphia announcers over the National announcers.

Now I have lost another part of my childhood and I don’t know how a baseball game should be told and I am sad.

Have a cigar with Whitey Harry,

Bless you.

Harry was pure class. – “High Hopes” should be the new 7th inning stretch song at the Bank.

Goodbye to a friend, not only to those who knew him, or were blessed to be able to work with him as I was, but to the millions of fans who listened to that glorious voice.

Harry will be calling the games from above, now with Whitey at his side.

God Speed my friend.

One of my earliest childhood memories was hearing Harry’s voice on the radio for each and every Phillies game. For me, he was the Phillies! I cannot even imagine watching or listening to the Phils and not hearing his voice.
It is a sad day for all Phillies fans. My deepest condolences to the Kalas family, and to the entire Phillies organization.
We love you Harry, and we will always miss you!

Goodbye to a friend, not only to those who knew him, or were blessed to be able to work with him as I was, but to the millions of fans who listened to that glorious voice.

Harry will be calling the games from above, now with Whitey at his side.

God Speed my friend.

I would like to send my condolences to the family and friends of Harry Kalas. No one will ever be the voice of the phillies again.

As a teenager,my friends and I would gather in field in our cars to listen to any baseball we could find.
When we found th ePhillies on the air.
then we found the voice of Harry, man that was special!!!
I’ve been a Phillies fan since 1976.

Let’s do it again!!!
(For Harry)
Gary Q.
Biggest Fan in Virginia

I have known the voice of Harry Kalas for most of my life, and I am going to miss him tremendously. My condolences to his family.
I don’t know of anyone who loved the Phillies as much as he did, and I don’t know of any broadcaster who is loved as much as Harry. He will be remembered in our hearts forever!

I grew up listening to Harry. My dad was a huge phillies fan dating back to connie mack stadium. My dad would sit on our patio listening to the game on a transiter radio. I would fall asleep listening to Harry Kalas. My dad passed away in December but not before seeing his beloved Phillies win the world series. Harry got to see the same. I hope he and my dad will meet in heaven and watch them win again.

I moved to the Philly area in 1991. I have always been a baseball fan, my previous team being the Texas Rangers.
Upon coming to the area, I was introduced to the announcing duo of Whitey Ashburn & Harry Kalas. I like millions of Phillies fans I fell in love with this team, players and broadcasters. My favorite day of the year is when pitchers & catchers report to Spring Training, my least favorite is the last game of the season. I listen to every game on the radio, even while at the games or on watching on tv. the radio play by play is the way to “see the game”.
When Whitey died, I told a friend “The man that shared my passion and whispered in my ear nightly has gone”. Harry lived on to call more games and to call the 2008 World Series winning play- with his son in the Tampa Bay broadcast booth. It was a thrill for him and a joy for us fans. He was the voice that drew you into the game, made you feel like you were there and excited you with each play.
Now with the passing of Harry, the two of them are together again calling games from Heaven.
We will surely miss him… coz he is OUTTA HERE!
Thanks for all the games and memories!!!

My deepest sympathy to the Kalas family.

The news of Harry’s death brought tears all afternoon. Then I thought about my mother who went to sleep Tuesday night, October 28, 2008 and never woke up. Mother was the first person I called when the Phillies won the Series in 1980 and it saddened me that she never saw the second World Championship. But now she (and Whitey) can hear all about it – play by play, in fact – from the best in the business. There’s something to smile about.

To me, he was the greatest baseball announcer of all time, anywhere. I can’t remember listening to a Phillies game without Harry at the mic. While I loved some of their greatest players like Schmidt and Carlton, Harry WAS the Phillies to me. That’s why I traveled to Cooperstown to be with him on his special day. He was my idol growing up — I wanted to be him, not a Phillies player. I was never so nervous meeting anyone in my life as I was went I got to meet him briefly at spring training a few years ago. He politely signed a hat for me, which is one of my greatest treasures. Thank you Harry, for making some of the happiest moments of my youth even more special. The Phillies will never be the same.

Right now, Harry is up there with Richie doing commentary on the all time legends game. Phillies games will never be the same :-(

I am deeply saddened at the loss of Harry Kalas. I had the privilige of meeting him years ago at Resorts in Atlantic City. I told him that I had enjoyed his broadcasts for many years,& looked forward to many more. He thanked me for listening all these years, through the good & bad years of the club. We talked a little about the upcoming season, and if this would be the one for the second World Series title. Thankfully, we got to see that come to pass last season. He’s now broadcasting once again with Whitey in Heaven, & hopefully I’ll get to hear him again someday. Mark in SJ

A home run will never sound the same and a victory will never have the same feeling then it did with Harry calling it. His death was so sudden but he died doing what he loved. We love you Harry and will miss you very much. Thank you for all of the memories.

Being born in 1967, I have no memory of watching a Phillies game without Harry’s voice. I was at work today when I got the e-mail announcing his death and I felt like I lost a friend. My deepest sympathies to his family. Who can ever forget him calling Schmitty’s 500th HR! Last year when we got to two outs in the top of the 9th, we turned the TV down and put the radio feed on because there was only one man I wanted to hear calling the final out. “Swing and a miss, struck him out. The Philadelphia Phillies are 2008 World Champions of Baseball” That memory will live until the day I die. Rest in Peace Harry, you and Whitey are reunited again!

First, my prayers are with the Kalas family. I can’t believe he passed so suddenly. He was Phillies baseball and was truly the sound of summer for every Phillies fan. You will be greatly missed Harry. Phillies games will never be the same.

Today, is truly one of the saddest days I can ever remember. I was born in 1969,my fourtieth birthday is in two weeks. I have been a Phillies fan since the day I was born, and rarely ever miss a game, whether its radio,tv, or in person. Today, when I heard Harry died, it was like losing a best friend or family member. He has truly been in my life for all of those years and in all of our lives. I think of times sitting on my grandparents porch out in Westchester, Pa when I was little, listening to Harry on the radio, something I still love to do even with the tech boom. Harry, taught me about baseball and why I love it and why I love my team, the Phillies through all times,good and bad. Harry made it easy to get through all those times,losing a favorite player, team not doing well, rebuilding, and yes, winning championships. Its someone like him that would get us through this. I am so privledged that I was able to listen to him for my whole life and almost all of his career. Growing up in south jersey, he was part of your family. You would here his voice doing football for NFL films, or basketball for the local colleges,national commercials and of course his love, the Phillies. I took pride in that, he was so great and yet just one of us. I was lucky enough to run in to Harry a couple of times over the years of going to the ball park or just out in the city, and he was truly the friendliest man you could meet. He would say hi to everyone, sign autographs, or just shake your hand. He was great. I have a lot of favorite players, and favorite teams in Philadelphia, I am a Die-Hard Philly fan. I am that way because of family heritage and Harry Kalas. I would have to say,”The greatest acquisition the Phillies ever acquired or ever will, is Harry Kalas!” I will miss you and miss hearing that famous call” that’s Outta Here!, but I am the better for having listened to you for so long. Thank You so much and say “Hi” to Whitey for all of us. Bye Harry, you will be missed.

I just can not believe it! You will be sorely missed Harry…. A home run call or a game will never be the same again. Im from the Lehigh Valley Originally but live and work in Ireland now , you have made me feel at home listening to all the games on MLBTV..I will never forget from the time I was 5 years old listening to you call phillies games on the radio. Rest in peace and thanks for all the years! Im so happy you got an opportunity to witness another World Series title , i know how much you wanted this…….
God Bless you and your family!

Baseball’s soundtrack is Harry Kalas’s voice. His love for the game and enthusiasm made every game such a joy to listen to. The Phillies will never be the same again.

My deepest sympathies go out to his family, friends and the Phillies organization. He will always be loved and remembered in Philadelphia area.

- Keith McDonnell

Harry is going to be missed dearly. He is one of the reasons I loved watching the Phillies games soo much. He always made them fun and i loved how he always put his personality in his broadcast. And last year, when he made the last call for the Phillies and announcing that they won the series was the best moment for me. You could feel and see that he was just as happy and excited as we all were. I’m going to the game this Sunday, and I know that it’s not going to be the same knowing that he isn’t with us anymore. I’m going to miss him very much and my thoughts and prayers go out to the Kalas family and the whole Phillies organization. RIP Harry Kalas!!!

We’ve lost a legend today. I can’t imagine watching or listening to a game without hearing the voice. My prayers and sympathies go out to the Kalas family as well as the Phillies family. God be with you Harry!

The Voice of The Phillies…. This is a voice that you as a fan, friend, Fanily member, or Philly could only know as the best. when you grew up in Philadelphia and heard his voice there was so much excitement that only the fans of Philadelphia could understand. I only heard Mr Kalas’s voice when watching the games in Phiadelphia, when I moved to Texas I could not enjoy the games as I did in philly, I loved the excitement that he brought to the game and without Mr Kalas the game will never be the same. RIP Mr. Kalas. My prayers and thoughts go with your family, friends and fans on this sad day. You will be missed forever.
Prayers are with you from Texas. You are and will be the best there ever is MR K the Voice of Baseball.

My first memories of him were from football, as the voice of all those NFL Film pieces I would see on ESPN growing up. It wasn’t until about 1994 or 1995, one night, when I was driving to my wife’s (then girlfriends) house. I normally listen to 850 WEEI in the car, however, the signal is weak in the night time (anybody know why???). So I scan the dialed, and it stopped on 1210 AM. There was his unmistakable voice. Calling a Phillie game. I was so used to him from NFL Films, but each night from then on, I tuned into 1210 AM to try and catch a listen. It was great to hear his call of last year’s world series clinching moment. He will be missed, but never forgotten. RIP Harry.

Greg
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What a sad, sad day in Phillies history, but how lucky I was to have listened to him since 1973. I’ve been a disheartened Phils fans this last decade or so, but a reason to always tune in was to hear Harry. And living in Flemington, without Comcast, it was usually over the radio. I was so happy for him to have been able to call last year’s world series and attend all the ceremonies this year. I’ll always remember listening to his winning call live, on a radio delay as we watched he game, and making everyone cheer the first few moments in silence to wait for Harry’s call. Then it was official.

God bless you Harry and thank you. You will always be baseball to me.
Jim M.

I grow up listening to Harry with my dad, although I am not a Phillies fan I loved listening to him do games. Today baseball lose a great man. Harry when you see Richie smoke a big cigar and call a game for all of us. God bless the Phillies, his family and friends. Outta here!!!!!!!!

Philadelphia Phillies Nation has truly lost a GREAT AMBASSADOR. To the Kalas family, we love you dearly and we loved Harry. His style and grace will always be sorely missed to all who have listened to him over the years as I have. I am originally from Philadelphia, but now I live in the Washington DC area. Harry Kalas is to Philadelphia Phillies baseball as Harry Caray was to Chicago Cubs baseball. Harry you will be missed dearly, Rest in Peace friend. We love you.

The Phillies should do a silent broadcast or at least a silent inning or two, sometime soon to honor Harry Kalas. What else do you do when you lose your voice.

I was in tears today when I heard the news, and every time they played any of the calls Harry made I got goose bumps. Harry you will me missed. We are lost a dear friend.

My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

As a 38 year old Philly Phan, I never knew anyone else but Harry behind the microphone. He was that unmistakable voice behind the mike that brought the stadium to life, no matter where I was. He was the voice comming from beneath my pillow when I was growing up. As an adult, there are few things in life that remind you of your childhood, but Harry doing the thing that he loved the most in life would allow me to revisit those years with a few simple words…. “That balls outa here!!” Godspeed Harry. Thank you for all of the wonderful years of enjoyment.

J.R.
Scranton, Pa

Wow, what a shock!!

Growing up in Philly, Harry was the voice of Phillies. I did not really understand his impact on the game until I left for college in 1993. I took him for granted.

I went to PITT and we watched the Phillies in the first playoff games in 13 years. After a few games, we realized that we could faintly get 1210 AM at night in the ‘Burgh. So for the rest of the games we turned down the TV sound and turned up the radio.

It was like being at home!!

o what a sad day….Harry has been the voice of the phillies ..the heart of the phillies….the excitement…and part of our family for many years. I can still hear Harry saying this ball is outa here.
Tears filled my eyes on hearing of his passing.

Thank you Harry for being part of my life for many years, and creating an excietment that no other could create.

Harry look down on us now, wih your friend Whitey and know that you’ll be so missed by all the fans in Philadelphia..

rest in peace
Diane

I have lived in the Philadelphia area all my life. Have always been a Phillies fan. Harry Kalas was an Icon in this area. As many people would say, I would turn off the national coverage and always listen to Harry. You are going to be missed immensely. I would like to say my condolescences to the Kalas family. He was a great man in and out of the booth. He was very heartwarming person. It is going to be tough not being able to listen to that voice say “This ball is outta here”!!!!!! You will never be forgotten!!!!

For as long as I can remember, Harry has been the voice I always looked forward to hearing every spring. I have been listening to him since I was 6 or so years old, cheering on the Phils. He can never be replaced. Thank you Harry, for all the time you gave us. Good luck with your future in Heaven! Say hello to Whitey. We will miss you.

I am heartbroken about the loss of Harry. I am an avid fan of the Phillies and Harry. He is a class act. My condolenses to the organization and to his family. I just know he and Whitey are up there smoking cigars and calling the big game in the sky.

I am heartbroken about the loss of Harry. I am an avid fan of the Phillies and Harry. He is a class act. My condolenses to the organization and to his family. I just know he and Whitey are up there smoking cigars and calling the big game in the sky.

We’ll miss you so much Harry! It will never seem quite the same without you, but what a way to go “outta here”. We love Philly and you.

I am heartbroken about the loss of Harry. I am an avid fan of the Phillies and Harry. He is a class act. My condolenses to the organization and to his family. I just know he and Whitey are up there smoking cigars and calling the big game in the sky.

Harry was simply the best. There was a magic when Harry & Whitey did a game. The main reason all the fans loved him was that he cared as much as we did. To honor him I believe his microphone should be retired right next to the retired #1 on the wall of honor where it belongs.

To the Kalas family, Your father has been a part of my life since I was in little league in 1973 when he came to our banquet. He was so insightiful and so full of knowledge. The memories of him and Whitey will be with me forever. Your Father was family to me and will be missed,but never forgotten. Thank-you so much.

As a life long fan of the Fightin’s, I feel like a member of my family has passed – and too soon – and too suddenly! Yes, “Outta Here” will never sound the same from anyone else again, but I will also cherish the call of that last out in the World Series and the little comments like, “Chase Utley, you ARE the man!” during a game last season. We have had a lot of losses in the past few years (Whitey, Vuck, Tugger, and now Harry . . . ). We have many angels in our fan club now.
There IS baseball in Heaven and boy does it have some great announcers!!!
Prayers and thoughts and condolences to the Kalas Family.
Kate Donegan

first id like to say that watching a phillies game on tv wont
be the same for me or my family ever again ! coming home
and watching a game with my 10 yr old son night after night
was so enjoyable. just hearing harry’s voice was very
comforting in a fatherly way. he was part of our family
as the phillies are. he will surely be missed.we are so happy
that he enjoyed last years world series, he called a great game. I hope the phillies do something very very special to remember this great human being who was loved by many.
mabe a game in total silence. mabe something built at
at the ballpark to remember him forever, near his fellow
great announcer richie ashburn. rest in peace my friend

tony c.

To a friend I never met, Thank You.

This man helped tuck me in at night when I was a child, was a guest in my home, a companion in the car, and helped me celebrate two World Series (even if the first one was after the fact). But we never met.

Despite not knowing Harry Kalas, I still feel like I’ve lost a long time friend.

I’ll miss the wonderfully long pauses of silence during which you could hear hotdog vendors in the background, or Harry lighting a cigar. I’ll miss the the passion in his voice as he called a game, and the portraits his voice painted for Phillies fans.

From “Michael Jack Schmidt” to “Mick-ie Mor-an-di-ni” to “Chase Utley, You Are The Man!” – Thank you for making memories that have fueled a lifetime love for the game of baseball.

I remember one day I was in the Commerce bank (which may have turned into T.D. Bank already, I don’t remember) and we saw Mr. Harry Kalas there. I was in shock, and I wanted to say ‘Hello’, but I didn’t I don’t remember why I didn’t though. I really wish I had.
I will miss the voice of the Phillies, Mr. Harry Kalas, and I speak for everyone when I say that he is one announcer who will live on forever, even if he is not on Earth any longer.

Harry Kalas is and always will be the voice of the Phillies. He was first class all the way and a true gentleman.

Two years ago at the Phillies Phestival, I was lucky enough to meet Harry. Although the staff and wranglers tried to move the line along quickly, Harry took time to talk to each fan. He signed every autograph and personalized whatever you asked – even though he wasn’t suppposed to because of the line. He did so with a smile on his face the entire afternoon. He even took a picture with me.

You can tell that he lived for and loved the game. He was happy to share memories with fans. He will always be remembered as one of the true greats. He is a true legend and will sadly be missed by all.

But, he will always live on with the memories we have of him and the memories he gave us – Michael Jack Schmidt’s 500th Homeun, The 1993 Pennant Clinch and the 2008 World Series to name a few.

May god bless Harry and the rest of his family. Things won’t be the same without him.

me and my dad and my best friend george will be lost with out harry it will not be the same but baseball most go on as harry would want it. god bless you harry and your family. my friend called me today to tell me harry passed away i did not think it was true until i could hear him cry and we both cried. but i had to turn the raido to 1210 to make sure and all the people where talking about harry and his death and his life then i cried again. it will not be the same we love you harry

I was always a Phillies fan, but what made me an everday fan was a Phillies vs. Mets game back in 2007. The score was ten to ten in the bottom of the ninth, and the Phillies won it eventually elleven to ten. Harry Kalas announced the winning RBI, a single that Chase Utley hit up the right field foul line. The excitement in his voice was amazing.
Then I watched the News when I got home from the shore the day the Phillies clenched the NL East that same year. Harry Kalas announced the last pitch, a flawless curveball by Brett Myers, and went off on one of his runs. The excitement in his voice, the fact that the Phils hadn’t gone to the playoffs for fourteen years, and my passion for the Phillies carried me to the 2008 season.
Harry Kalas announced the last pitch of the World Series on the radio, and I turned off the Fox announcers to listen to him. I loved everything about the way he did it, just like I did for the clencher and the Mets and Phils game.

I was always a Phillies fan, but what made me an everday fan was a Phillies vs. Mets game back in 2007. The score was ten to ten in the bottom of the ninth, and the Phillies won it eventually elleven to ten. Harry Kalas announced the winning RBI, a single that Chase Utley hit up the right field foul line. The excitement in his voice was amazing.
Then I watched the News when I got home from the shore the day the Phillies clenched the NL East that same year. Harry Kalas announced the last pitch, a flawless curveball by Brett Myers, and went off on one of his runs. The excitement in his voice, the fact that the Phils hadn’t gone to the playoffs for fourteen years, and my passion for the Phillies carried me to the 2008 season.
Harry Kalas announced the last pitch of the World Series on the radio, and I turned off the Fox announcers to listen to him. I loved everything about the way he did it, just like I did for the clencher and the Mets and Phils game.

Harry will be greatly missed by all. You talk about a heart and soul of a baseball team he was the greatest of the Phillies. Any time you listen to him you knew with out a doubt that he loved the game as well as the players and the fans of Phillie. There will never be another like him. He gave his love of the game to all of us who heard him. We were truly treated to the best in Phillie.
May God give you comfort Harry and enjoy that big ball field in the sky.

Phillies front office, lets see Harry remembered on the wall in the out field along with the other Phillie greats

now games can be called the right way up heaven with harrry and richie togather again calling phillies games and talking about baseball like me and george and my dad remmber that was great times we will miss you harry but know you and richie can talk about last season good bless your family. i got high hopes

Listening to a Ball game will never be the same.
I can hear “that ball is outta here” in my sleep.
Let’s rename the ballpark to honor Kalas and Ashburn.

I haven’t wept in a while, but I wept as I watched Larry Andersen react to Harry’s passing. I wept for Harry, his family, his colleagues, and all of us fans who really felt they knew him just through listening to his wonderful voice on TV and radio. He had a heart of gold and a voice as smooth as silk. Some of my fondest memories were of sitting in my dad’s truck listening to Harry and Whitey work their magic as we were driving. I am so sad on this day, but so grateful that I had the privilege to listen to Harry call the games for my Phillies. I’ll never forget his call of the ’2008 World Champions of Baseball’. I’ll always be a Phillies fan, in large part due to Mr. Harry Kalas. What a truly fantastic human being he was. We loved him and he loved us. We’ll all miss you Harry.

Jason

One Helluva a Voice, one Helluva Man. R.I.P., Harry

i am as big a baseball fan and as big a phillies fan as one can possibly be…i live for the phillies and love harry…the phillies are more than a team, they are the class organization in baseball…other than the amazing, hard nosed team, CB Park is tops in baseball, charlie manuel is a loveable winner and leader, and harry kalas was the best…he was one of a kind and can not be replaced…words cant describe how i lucky i feel to have had him in my life for my 27 years and how unlucky i feel now that i have to miss him for every game…i feel like i’ve lost a friend and thank him for every word…RIP Harry the Fightin’ Phils will never be the same

As a boy growing up in Pennsylvania, I will never forget Harry reminding us that it’s time for a Tastykake Tastybreak, or something to that effect. I believe it was the 6th inning. I would then run to my father and tell him it’s time for my Tastykake because Harry Kalas says so! I will never forget him and his booming baritone voice. Deeply mourned in Texas.

I have been sobbing since I found out at the game today…just shocking. I posted a trubute to Harry on my site. I am out of words.

Jenn
http://philliesphollowers.mlblogs.com/archives/2009/04/we_will_miss_you_harry.html

I remember the first time I ever heard Harry Kalas announce was in 1980 when I was only 5 years old. I will never forget his homerun calls especially when he called Mike Schmidt 500th homerun. I also remember writing him a letter where I told him that I wanted to be a broadcaster just like him one day. He later wrote me back and told me to come to the ball park one game and he will take me to the broadcast booth. In 1996, I had the honor of meeting him where he took me up to the broadcast booth and showed me what he did and how he would broadcast the games. That was the best day of my life and I will never forget it. It will be hard to listen and watch a Phillies game without hearing Harry Kalas. Harry Kalas and Richie Ashburn are back together again broadcasting games up in heaven. Rest in Peace Harry Kalas, you will truly be missed and never forgotten. I love you Harry and Thank You for the memories. Lisa L. Aguero

I remember the first time I ever heard Harry Kalas announce was in 1980 when I was only 5 years old. I will never forget his homerun calls especially when he called Mike Schmidt 500th homerun. I also remember writing him a letter where I told him that I wanted to be a broadcaster just like him one day. He later wrote me back and told me to come to the ball park one game and he will take me to the broadcast booth. In 1996, I had the honor of meeting him where he took me up to the broadcast booth and showed me what he did and how he would broadcast the games. That was the best day of my life and I will never forget it. It will be hard to listen and watch a Phillies game without hearing Harry Kalas. Harry Kalas and Richie Ashburn are back together again broadcasting games up in heaven. Rest in Peace Harry Kalas, you will truly be missed and never forgotten. I love you Harry and Thank You for the memories. Lisa L. Aguero from NJ

I feel such an empty feeling today.How will we be able to get thru this season?I grew up 2 blocks from Veterans
Stadium and was 12 when the Stadium opened.Harry was a big part of my childhood.I will always cherish his memory.
I remember vividly spending my summers in Atlantic City with so many other Philadelphians,and always on a Sunny Summer day the game was always blaring on the radio his voice was such a constant.I miss Whitey,now Harry and I see my childhood drifting away.God bless you Harry and thank you for being in my life even though I never met you
but I knew you so well.

I’m only 20 and I’ve only been watching the Phillies for about five years or so, but I can’t imagine watching or listening to a Phillies game without Harry in the booth. One time I got to sit in the Hall of Fame Club at Citizens Bank Park right below the announcers and it was neat to be able to watch him do the thing he loved up close. In between innings and after the game fans threw stuff up into the booth for him to sign, and now I wish I had done the same. Most memorable for me are the homerun calls in general, and that one call a couple years ago when he said “Chase Utley, you are the man!” It seemed so unusual for a man of Harry’s age to use that phrase, but in a way it was so Harry because he was just so passionate about the game. His death makes last year’s championship even more special knowing he left us with his Phillies as defending champs. Especially after all those years of him broadcasting Phillies teams that couldn’t even make the playoffs, but still being able to entertain us and keep us watching with the Phillies 15 games out of first place. This loss has really hit me hard, and I didn’t even know him, so I can’t imagine what his friends and family are feeling. Thank you Harry, for all those wonderful memories, and may you rest in peace.

The voice of the Phillies was silenced today. We will miss you, Harry. “It’s outta here” just won’t be the same without you. God Bless you and condolences to your family.

Harry, you may be gone but you will NEVER be “Outta here!”

To the Kalas family: My deepest sympathies from my family to yours! I’m 42 years old, and Harry “introduced” me not just to the Phillies, but to baseball when I was about 4 years old not quite 5. He wasn’t just an announcer, he was “THE” announcer. It didn’t matter whether he was on TV or the radio, I was “home” no matter where I was when I heard him call any game. I had the honor of meeting him with my best friend from HS the summer before I turned 35 years old, and it was like I was 12 years old again. I could barely speak when I shook his hand. He greeted me warmly with a smile, and offered an autograph without blinking an eye. I thanked him, and watched him head to the booth. I had always looked forward to hearing him call a game, but after meeting him back in 2001 it took things to a higher level. I’ve lived out of the Philly area for almost 20 years, but not far enough where I couldn’t get “home” when I needed to hear a game.

He is the very definition of class. Everyone who watched/listened to your interpretation of each game will never be able to thank you enough Harry. You were the heart and soul of the Phillies for all of us. Rest in peace!

It has yet to sink in on how different listening to the Phils will be from now on.
I was a teenager when HARRY THE K came to Philly in 1971.
They were Godawful!Young Bowa and Luzinski were called up from the minors. The trade for Carlton, Maddox- the Phils were pretty good!
World Champs by 1980.
The excitement of the time conveyed by Harry carried us through the late 1980′s 1990′s 2000s until 2008.
We all have lost a great friend.
God Bless you Harry (say hi to Whitey)

I’ve lived on this earth for 29 years. I feel as though I’ve been a Phillies fan since my mother gave birth to me on March 3rd 1980. Obviously as a small child I didnt remember that team but my grandfather reminded me through the early to mid 80′s of how special they were but also that no one but Harry could call a game and a homerun. In alot of ways HK reminded me of my grandfather and I’ve grown up listening to him almost my entire life through radio, tv or football recaps. When I heard the news at work that Harry was found unconscious in the announcers booth shortly after 12pm today and David Montgomery saying it was very serious I could only pray for the best. I truly didnt expect to hear that a living baseball legend would have passed away today. I watched a tribute just a little bit ago on our Phils MLB website on some of Harry’s special moments and I was moved to absolute tears. It is truly sad and devastating because I feel like I lost a family member. For as many years as I have heard Harry’s voice it is devastating to know that I will never hear his live voice announce another game again. With so many memorable moments in my life there’s so many that I could describe. Knowing that Harry was robbed of calling the last out in the 80 World Series and then being able to call the last out last year is one of my favorite ones and I will never forget. You could always tell no matter what he was doing he absolutely loved this team the fans and the city of Philadelphia. He was a scholar of the game and one of the most amazing voices I have ever heard in my lifetime. But I know that Whitey now has his best friend with him in the announcers booth in the sky. I can only wish my sincerest condolences to the Kalas family, the Phillies Organization and to the fans that lost our most beloved fan, announcer and friend today.

for 20 years i have listened to harry kalas’ voice on the tv or on the radio. it is going to be hard not hear his voice anymore but he went in the way all phillies fan would have wanted him to go. my condolances to the kalas family and to all phillies fans who loved his voice.

Harry I have listened to and cherished your voice for seventeen years. The love, passion, and grace you have brought to the game will never be forgotten. Your voice, your comical elegence, the excitement and joy you bring to every Philadelphia Phillies game has given Phillies fans the sense that our team is perfect in every aspect of the game; all the way from the players, to the front office, to our one of a kind broadcast team that no one can top. Whether I am watching the televison or listening to the waves of radio suddenly a Phillies game can never be the same. That pride and joy, that sense that nothing can go wrong because we’ve got Harry, these are the moments that are now gone and can never be repeated but can and will always be remembered. Thanks for a hell of a ride the past seventeen years Harry; you will never be forgotten.

IT IS A SAD DAY FOR ALL OF US HERE IN PHILLY. BUT I KNOW THERE IS SOMETHING GREATER OUT THERE. AND THIS IS ONE LITTLE STORY THAT MAKES MY FAITH STRONGER. HARRY ONCE TOLD A STORY ABOUT WHEN HE WAS A CHILD,HIS DAD AND HIM WERE AT A WASHINGTON SENATORS GAME, HE WAS AROUND TEN YEARS OLD. THE GAME WAS IN A RAIN DELAY AND MICKEY VERNON POPPED HIS HEAD OUT OF THE WASHINGTON DUG OUT, VERNON LOOKED AT HARRY, PICKED HIM UP AND BROUGHT HIM IN THE DUG OUT AND INTRODUCED HIM TO HIS TEAM MATES. AFTER THAT HE SIGNED A BALL FOR HIM. FROM THAT MOMENT ON HARRY LOVED THE WASHINGTON SENATORS AND BASEBALL. WE ALSO KNOW HE LOVED HIS PHILLIES AND THEY LOVED HIM. HARRY LEFT US TODAY FROM WASHINGTON. WHERE HIS BELOVED PHILLIES WERE PLAYING HIS FAVORITE TEAM AS A CHILD. A WHILE BACK WE LOST ANOTHER GREAT PLAYER AND BROADCASTER, RICHIE ASHBURN. RICHIE PLAYED MOST OF HIS CAREER HERE IN PHILLY AND HIS LAST ONE AS A NEW YORK MET. HIS JERSEY NUMBER WAS ONE. AFTER THAT RICHIE TEAMED UP WITH HARRY AS A BROADCASTER. HARRY AND RICHIE WERE PERFECT TOGETHER. WELL, WHEN RICHIE PASSED AWAY HE WAS IN NEW YORK GETTING READY TO CALL A PHILLIES, METS GAME. THEY PLAYED THE GAME THAT NIGHT. THE PHILLIES WON, ONE TO NOTHING. RICHIES JERSEY NUMBER. SO TODAY, EVEN THOUGH IT IS SAD FOR US, I KNOW THEY ARE BACK TOGETHER AGAIN. CALLING ONE GREAT GAME SOMEWHERE ELSE. GOD BLESS YOU HARRY. YOU WILL BE MISSED BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN.

Harry, thanks for always being there on those summer nights when there was nothing to do but watch my boys take the field under your voice. You’ve been such an inspiration to me and to so many fans everywhere. I never met you, but it seemed as if you were one of my good friends. You taught me so much about the game and about how to be a good, genuine person. Im only 16, so i dont remember the days when u worked with whitey. But i will always remember sitting on the couch with my dad and listening to you explode with excitement when chase made another incredible play or when ryan blasted another homer. You meant so much to me that today after hearing of your passing, i went out to second base during my game and wrote your initials in the dirt. I will never forget listening to you call it when the phils won the 08 world series. I turned down the tv so that i could hear you call it. Im proud to have said that i got to listen to you on a daily basis and i know that you will have an incredible time in heaven with whitey. God Bless you Harry. Thanks

Harry Kalas will be missed by everyone!!! He was the true voice of Phillies baseball. I remember listening to Harry and Whitey doing games in 1971 when I was only 10 years old. I had the privilege of meeting him once in 1991 in Clearwater and he was a nice as can be. Once again, Harry us Phillies fans will miss you deeply.. Jay, Boynton Beach, Fla.

As a child, I came to love baseball through a small transistor radio that I listened to under my pillow. Hearing Harry Kalas make the call defined the game for me. He shaped what was “normal”–other announcers just don’t sound “right.” Over the years I’ve heard other fans rave about their local announcers, but no one can replicate Harry Kalas calling a Mike Schmidt home run, a Larry Bowa defensive gem, Bake McBride racing around third, a Steve Carlton slider, Garry Maddox cutting off a ball headed for the gap, Greg Luzinski sending one to the upper deck, Tug McGraw with another heart-stopping save. These are the sounds that define baseball (and my childhood) for me. I am so very grateful.

I heard the news today while at work and just couldn’t help but cry. Harry, I didn’t think this day would come so soon. I want to thank you for so many of my childhood memories with the 1993 team, and making this year’s championship just that much sweeter. I am immensely grateful that I had the privilege to listen to you for as long as I can remember. We all loved you, Harry. We will continue to love and honor your memory.

You have become part of the family. Geez to just see you at the ring ceramony… Who would every believe we are here talking about you in the past. Rides home from the Jersey shore, or even just rides in the car and listening to you play by play will never be the same. No one could ever fill your shoes buddy. What can we say but we miss you already Harry. Thanks for the memories.

For the past 16 years I have been raised to know this legendary voice. To me, it is without a doubt the most recognizible voice in all of sports. When I heard the news earlier today about this tragic loss my heart immediatly sunk. I felt empty as I still do as I type this. When you spend all 16 years of your life listening to the same voice basically everynight during the spring summer and fall it becomes so familiar that you feel as though that person is your family. Thats how i view Mr. Kalas. He’s like a grandfather thats sits down with me everynight to watch the ballgame. I don’t plan on missing anygames anytime soon but I can gurantee it will be very tough for me to watch the balls flying out of the part without hearing someone yelling “IT’S OUTTA HERE!” I’ll miss you Harry as will everyother true Phillie Phathful. Goodbye Mr. K, rest in peace.

I heard over the radio that Harry collapsed as I drove away from school today. A few minutes later, I heard of his passing. I almost had to pull over to re-gain my composure.

Harry, the city of Philadelphia and its fans love you. You were Phillies baseball. From early April, to the midsummer nights, to those Septembers, whether the team was going for 70 wins or for the playoffs, you made the game interesting.

I may only be 20 years old, so I can’t sit here and write about your call in 1993, or you Michael Jack 500th home run call, but I’ve heard them many times.

I do know that once the Phillies won last year, I may not have heard your call live because of all the craziness and excitement that went out, but one of the first things I did when I got home that night…or early morning was go online and find your call of the final out. Little did I realize at the time was that I would hear that call hundreds of times in the next few months. Not once do I ever get sick of it. I heard it today on 610, going into school around 11 am, and I still smile whenver I hear it, no matter how my day is going.

I remember at the parade cheering your name louder than most. I thought to myself for a second, wow this is only the announcer. But of course, you were not just any announcer, you were Harry Kalas, the voice of the Philadelphia Phillies for almost 40 years.

“High Hopes” will never be the same. A dramatic home run call will never be the same. I’ll always remember you when I hear names such as Mickey Morandini.

Thank you for the memories Harry. You will be missed, but you will never be forgotten.

Our prayers tonight go to the Kalas Family and Phillies Family….No one can replace Harry. Even when the Phils lost some games, he found something positive and hopefu to say. That is a rare quality in a person. I especially always loved his sign-offs too…..for he wished all of us at the end of each broadcast he did……”Good Day or Goodnight Everyone” and it was always heartfelt….so we bid you a Farewell and Good Night Harry, May you rest in Peace…Diane & Bill

Dear Harry:

I will miss you. In fact, I don’t think that Phillies baseball will ever really be the same for me and for so many others – without the cadences of your voice punctuating the game played over the radio on a summer evening. Thanks for the memories of last fall – it was so magical a time.

As a kid watching the Phillies play on TV with my grandpop I can and will always remember Harry calling Mike Shimdt’s 500th home run and hearing Harry calling the last out of the Would Series. It feels like I’ve lost a part of my own family and knowing that I’ll never hear him call a game again.My heart goes out to his family and co-workers.Harry you will be missed!!!!! RIP

Harry, to me you are Spring! When I hear your voice for the first time in March I know summer is right around the corner and we can get the chance to hear you call another Home Run shot “It’s Ouuuuuuuta Heeeerrre!!!” There’s no one like you that does what you do. To think that you’re up there with your pal Whitey, Tug, and Pope. You were the voice from heaven above, and now your heaven’s voice of baseball. We will all miss you Harry the K. Thoughts and prayers go out to the Kalas family and the Phillies organization.

I grew up with Harry and the Phillies and in losing Harry I feel like my childhood is over. Nearly all of my most cherished memories with my dad involve the Phillies and Harry’s calls. He understood the Phans and embraced us for what we are – passionate to a fault. I will never forget his poem to the Phaithful in his 2002 Hall of Fame induction speech and the ceremony in August 2002 where Harry was honored at the Vet. Not to mention his great calls, endless optimism, and his beautiful soul.

RIP Harry – we love you. Share the inside stories of the 2008 Champs with Whitey up in heaven – the angels couldn’t have a better duo calling Phillies games for them. You may be gone but you will never be forgotten.

All my sincerest thoughts and prayers are with the Kalas family.

Harry, I have listened to you from as far back as I can remember ever since I was a little girl. I would always listen to the Phillies radio broadcast of pretty much every game in my room or on WPHL TV when I was growing up. Then I moved to Arizona and I would always try to listen to satellite games on the radio and yearn to hear your voice again. When I would go back east to visit, I would be sure to catch a broadcast of yours. Even though I never met you, I count you as a friend. Your voice was a comfort all of those struggling years we endured together as Phillies fans. Last October was a highlight, this April a lowlight. RIP Harry, you will ALWAYS be the voice of the Philadelphia “Fightin’ Phils” Phillies!

I always wanted to meet Harry Kalas. I’ve been listening to his voice since before I was born during the summer of 1980. My mom told me that, as an infant, she put me in front of the television to watch the World Series and I seemed to know exactly what was going on. I believe it; I seem to be born to watch baseball. I even had the moment planned because I knew the story I wanted to share with him: In 1993 (of course), I listened to a radio broadcast of a game that was 1.) on late and 2.) being shown on the premium channel that we didn’t subscribe to. Harry called the ninth inning with Whitey Ashburn, and Whitey said to Harry, as Darren Daulton stepped up to the plate, “Did you ever get a feeling?” After the next pitch, Daulton hit the ball out of the park to win the game. I’ll never forget that game, along with most of the games played in 1993 (if I didn’t watch them on television, I heard them on the little purple radio I hid under my bed for such occasions, like late-night west-coast games) as well as last year’s games and World Series victory. It’s fitting that Harry finally called that last out since he couldn’t do so in 1980. I specifically muted the television and turned on the radio for that last half of an inning, and I cried as I heard Harry say, “Swing and a miss! Struck him out! The Philadelphia Phillies are 2008 world champions of baseball!” I can type those words verbatim because I can’t help but stop and listen to Harry make that call every single time it’s on television. It’s also fitting that his son Todd, announcer for the Rays, had some air time with his father during one of the World Series games. (Too bad the official MLB dvd cut part of that off, for no good reason.) I love that father and son were able to share such a love of baseball that almost transcends traditional baseball stereotypes because of the special relationship Harry shared with every Phillies fan. I’ve had students tell me that they prefer Tom McCarthy to call the game over Harry. One said that it sounded like Harry wasn’t calling the games that well, that he was too old to do it anymore and should just slide off the mike and give it over to Tom sooner rather than later. I had to tell him that I’ve been listening to Harry all my life and that I couldn’t imagine a game without hearing him call it. Another student just last week told me that he didn’t really like listening to Harry but, since it was so important to me, he hoped that Harry would be around next year, just for me. I also, today, told that same student that I was upset I’d miss today’s game because I had to work through it. I didn’t find out about Harry’s death until I got home around 7:00 tonight (the usual time for me to push everyone out of my way so I could watch baseball). My brother left me a voicemail about it this afternoon, but I was working and didn’t get it. It’s probably best that I didn’t hear it, as I would’ve driven off the road. What? No, not Harry. The Phillies are meeting President Obama tomorrow! (That meeting, by the way, has been postponed indefinitely.) Like Larry Anderson, it’s going to be hard for me to listen to “High Hopes” again. That was the theme of the 1993 season (possibly my favorite in Phillies history as well as Harry’s), of the 2008 season, and even of all the losing seasons (and there have been many of them). I can’t believe I’ll never give him my anecdote (which I know he would appreciate as it would involve both a memory of Whitey and a memory of a child listening to a baseball game), or complain about moving to New York and having to deal with Mets fans, or how he carried me, with The Voice, through the bad years. I so desperately have been trying to get to a game for the last couple years to do this, but no one would go with me. I felt like I needed to go soon, too (his decline in health has been obvious, but I think everyone who loves him has been in denial), but, as always, I didn’t make it. I’ve been reading articles and blogs and have been watching videos all night. (My favorite is this one.) Comcast rebroadcast yesterday’s game, Harry’s last, and I couldn’t help but shed a few when Harry called Chase’s and Stairs’s home runs yesterday because no one, NO ONE, will replace his “Outta here!” The only person I know to share the same enthusiasm for the Phillies was Harry Kalas. It’s going to be hard for me for the rest of the season, but at least he finally called that World Series game, at least he threw out that first pitch this season, at least he had that 2008 World Series ring, if only for a few days. He will be missed by millions, but possibly by none more than those of us born during that 1980 season who have been destined to wait so long to hear that championship declaration.

I feel like I lost a member of my family today. My earliest memories of being a Phillies fan always include Harry’s amazing voice. When he was broadcasting, his stories, his voice, and his “Outta Here!” made it so enjoyable to watch a baseball game. I’m sure many people out there became baseball fans or became Phillies fans because of Harry. During the amazing ’93 season, your enthusiasm and excitement was contagious. From the painful losing seasons after, your calming voice helped me to keep faith in the Phiillies. Even when the results weren’t what we liked, your voice always put a smile on my face. During this past season, the greatest baseball season of my life, you were just as big a part of it as Hamels or Utley or Victorino. I can’t imagine the World Series celebration or Victory Parade without you. Harry the K, you were the greatest. You will be sorely missed.

OMG I couldn’t believe hearing the news today of Harry. I cried and felt heartbroken! Our prayers and thoughts go out to the Kalas family and all the Phillies. I love his voice so much I have him as a ringtone on my cell. His voice will never be replaced! I feel like I’m one of his best buds…
A few years ago I had the opportunity to attend an outing for Tug McGraw and ALS. There I met Harry and had my picture taken with him, it will be cherished forever!!
I love the Phillies so much (for the pass 30 plus years and on), listening to you Harry, just sent excited thrills through my blood, again never to be forgotten.
We’ll see you and hear you again in heaven one day!
God Bless

I’ve been so upset about Harry’s passing today. I grew up in Delran, New Jersey and even though I live in Ky I still got to hear Harry call Phillies games on 1210 am on my stereo. Harry was a childhood hero, as are all the Phillies.

I used to listen to my radio as a kid before I went to sleep and made sure I heard the end of the game and even the Seiko Star of the Game Show. I’ll never forget the “that ball is outta here, home run Michael Jack Schmidt!” calls.

Like others have said, he was the voice of Phillies baseball, and in my biased opinion, the voice of Major League Baseball. I always thought Harry was the best broadcaster. I’ve heard the Bucks, Joe and Jack, Harry Carey, Vin Scully, and lots of other great broadcasters, but Harry was the best. Harry and Richie Ashburn were a real joy to listen to. I’ll never forget either one of them. I always liked how Harry would call the players by their nicknames, like Michael Jack or Schmitty, Lefty for Carlton, Charlie Hustle for Pete Rose, Mr T for Al Holland, Bull for Greg Luzinski, Dude for Lenny Dykstra, Dutch for Darren Daulton, Krukker for John Kruk, and so on.

Harry, I miss you and all the Phillies fans who listened to you miss you. We love you and we will never forget you. Thank you for everything.

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I have been privileged to listen to three announcers whom I’d rather hear than watch television because not only were (and in one case is) very good at describing the game, but they also captured the emotion of the game and taught you a lot about the game. The two who have passed are Harry Kalas and Jack Buck.The one remaining is Vin Scully. Harry was a great announcer and a wonderful person and I hope someone has a cigar for him and his spirit wherever he is.

Seasons come and go. Players come and go. But Harry was a constant. A Hall of Fame broadcaster and a Hall of Fame person.
Thank you and God bless you, Harry. I am deeply saddened and my condolences go to the Kalas family, and to everyone who, like me, found you to be the voice of Summer. It will never be the same.

I was fortunate enough to spend a few minutes with Harry Kalas last April in Pittsburgh. By blind luck, I wound up at the same hotel as the team. When they came back from their game, the players headed inside, but Harry walked right up to a group of us, sat himself in the middle and shared a couple of cigarettes with us (I’m embarrassed to admit). It was great. I chatted with him for a while, talking about his remarkable career. His voice was a remarkable sound – it truly was the voice of summer. There will never be anything like it again.
My heart goes out to the Phillies, Harry’s family and friends and the fans. I will miss him greatly. I’m sure he will be watching over the Phillies wherever he is.

Harry was bigger than the phillies although he never acted that way. He was one of us a fan a friend and a lover of the greatest game ever invented.I’m so glad that he got to call that last out of our world series victory.

I think as a tribute to Harry all Phillies Phans should record the final call of the World Series on their cell phones and use it as their ringtone.At least for the season.I think that would be awesome to hear that call thousands of times a day all over the city.GOD BLESS YOU HARRY, RIP!!! YOU WILL BE MISSED!!!!

I was nine in 1993. It was the year that I fell in love with the Phillies. I loved “The Dude” and “Wild Thing” and “Dutch” but, more than them, I grew to love the voice at the mic: Harry Kalas. I’d disobey my parents and stay up till late to listen to the games all summer.

It’s a funny thing, being a Phanatic. It’s not the players that we love. Sure, we rout them on and some of them hold a place in our hearts. But the majority of them are loved only as long as they are performing. If someone is a bum, we boo — Just ask Turk Wendell.

No, it’s not the players, it’s the pinstripes. It’s dollar dog night and booing the Mets. It’s the organization that we dedicate ourselves to. And, because no man embodied the organization as he did, it’s Harry Kalas that we all fell in love with.

Good Bye Harry. I miss you.

One can only think Harry and Richie are callin’ a game at the field of dreams. How rare to have an announcer be larger than life, bigger than a player and the voice of generations of fans. An unforgettable voice. Here’s to you Mr. Kalas!

Good Bye Harry, listening to a Phillies game won’t ever be the same. You will be missed by all who have had the privilege to hear your voice and the excitement that you share with all of us. I feel as though you were a friend that I never got a chance to meet, but will miss just the same. Thank you for being you!!

It was sort of like the scene in Cloverfield where the kids are out in the street, trying to figure out what the hell’s going on after they hear a bunch of loud noises. All of a sudden, the Statue of Liberty’s head flies by the kids, landing on the ground amidst a pile of flames. The kids were shocked–not just because they almost got clobbered by a giant metal head, but because something that’s been a seemingly permanent fixture of their lives, their culture–that’s been there as long as they’ve been there and, in their minds, should always be there–has just displayed its mortality for all to see.

That’s what I felt like today when I found out Harry Kalas had died.

I’m 28 years old. For 28 years, I’ve been a die-hard Phillies fan. For several years out of those 28, I worked in radio. I was always surrounded by broadcasters, and at one time, I was a broadcaster myself. I’ve known and worked beside a lot of good broadcasters–great broadcasters, even. But I can’t think of any other broadcasters whose levels of poise and classiness surpass or even match Kalas’s. Not even close.

Much of my Phillies experience has been narrated by Kalas. His style and catch-phrases just sounded *right*. Over these 28 years, I got so used to his style that I found that hearing anyone else talk about the Phillies on the air just seemed so…unnatural. When I watch Phillies games, I tend to tune out the sportscasters, no matter how good they are, and I have my own running commentary going in my head…and it’s always in Kalas’s voice. Because that’s the voice–the only voice–that sounds right, sounds natural, to be talking about our Fightins. (Yeah, I know Kalas had a partner, but his voice isn’t the voice I remember. Kalas had that “it” factor going for him more than Wheeler does.)

I know it’s gonna hit me hard next time I’m driving through the Philly area, tuning into a Phillies game, and that familiar voice isn’t coming over my airwaves. I’ll feel like that Statue of Liberty head is hurtling toward my car in a very Something-Just-Isn’t-Right-Here sort of way. I’ll feel shocked, I think, because that’s when it’ll hit me–when there’s someone else talking in his place, and I’m there to hear it. Right now it hasn’t really sunk in, because I can still hear Kalas’s voice in my head, and I haven’t had to hear anyone else’s voice saying the things that Kalas used to say. For 28 years, he was always there, and throughout that time I’ve known only Kalas’s voice as the voice of the Phillies.

Today, despite the fact that people were inevitably talking on the air, broadcasting baseball commentary…there was radio silence from a sports broadcaster who was beloved, talented, and utterly memorable.

In my 28 years, I haven’t really felt a significant impact from the death of any type of celebrity-type figure–until today. Today is the day I’m learning the tough but inevitable lesson that even legends don’t live forever.

Out of both habit and nostalgia, I’m pretty sure that every time Ryan Howard or Chase Utley, and members of generations of future Phillies after them, hits a home run, I’ll always replay “…this ball is outta here!!!” in my head. In Kalas’s voice, of course–the way it sounds best. The way it just seems right.

–Nikki
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I have lost a part of my childhood, my adolescence and my middle age, all through the death of our wonderful announcer Harry Kalas. My first memory of Harry is when I, as an 11 year old boy, would sneak a radio under my pillow, so I could listen to the last innings of summer Phils games ending after my bedtime. Just yesterday, as a 48 year old father, I took an afternoon nap to the soothing voice of Harry calling the Rockies game. He was a part of my life. He was family. He was the Phillies. He is irreplaceable. My love for the Phillies will continue to burn strong but there will be a huge absence without Harry calling the games. God bless you Harry Kalas. Hope there are home run hitters in heaven. God’s turn to hear your great calls.

I have lost a part of my childhood, my adolescence and my middle age, all through the death of our wonderful announcer Harry Kalas. My first memory of Harry is when I, as an 11 year old boy, would sneak a radio under my pillow, so I could listen to the last innings of summer Phils games ending after my bedtime. Just yesterday, as a 48 year old father, I took an afternoon nap to the soothing voice of Harry calling the Rockies game. He was a part of my life. He was family. He was the Phillies. He is irreplaceable. My love for the Phillies will continue to burn strong but there will be a huge absence without Harry calling the games. God bless you Harry Kalas. Hope there are home run hitters in heaven. God’s turn to hear your great calls.

Growing up as a kid I listened every night on the radio. For so many years you were the voice that the city of Philadelphia knew and loved. You will always be missed. Listening to the games just will never be the same.

April 13 2009 is a day I’ll never forget. Today I lost a part of me. A grandfather figure. I’m 24 years old and since the time I knew anything I’ve been a baseball fan. I come from Pennsylvania so obviously i’m a Phillies fan! I can remember being 7 years old, playing ball out in my back yard on a hot July afternoon impersonating Harry Kalas “Long fly ball deep left center field THAT BALL IS OUTTA HERE!” Even though I never had the luxuary of meeting you in person Harry I grew up with you in my household. I want to thank you for all the great games and i want to commend you on a job well done. Even though you’re gone Harry, your spirit lives within us all. Take care my friend

An absolute legend with an otherworldly voice. As a Mets fan with the opportunity to hear Phillies broadcasts I’m proud to say I’ve flipped back and forth on TV occasionally. Sometimes the channel just got stuck on the Phils station. I was looking forward to another season with Harry. He was the best.

On behalf of all NY Mets fans our hearts go out to Mr. Kalas’ family, friends, the entire Phillie organization and the people of Philiadelphia. Harry was a class act and had an unique voice that will be missed all year long. He not only was the voice of the Phillies but also for NFL Films. In 2004, Bob Murphy (a Mets broadcaster who retired in 2003) passed away. I would like to think that somewhere in this great galaxy of ours, Harry Kalas, Richie Ashburn and Bob Murphy are doing the play by play for a never ending series between the Mets and Phils that takes place at Shea and Veterans’ Stadium respectively. Harry the “K” will be missed by all sports fans from every team and city.

I’ve spent a lot of the evening thinking about it, and I think my best memory would be sitting on weekend mornings with my dad when I was a kid, reading the box scores in the paper and doing a sports broadcast, recording on some boat of a cassette tape recorder. And it would ultimately dissolve into trying to mimic Harry doing a home run call. I think anywhere else in the country this sort of story would be met with some raised eyebrows, but I think in Philly/South Jersey/Delaware/Phillies Nation, it’s probably one that’s repeated by many. I’ve always had an unspoken goal to be a sports broadcaster solely because of listening to him while I was growing up. One of a kind. I’m living out west now, and I was looking forward to being able to listen/watch Harry on MLB.tv this season. I’m saddened for that, but more upset for the Phillies family and his family. At least there’s the solace that he was able to be such a big part of the 2008 Championship and that he was so universally loved in Philadelphia and around sports in general. May he rest in peace…you’ll be deeply missed.

I’m 40 and a lifelong Phils fan. My first baseball experience came from watching PHL17 and listening to Harry and the gang. I moved from Trenton to Charlotte, NC, when I was 10 but kept in touch through the voices of Harry, Whitey, Andy, and Wheels on 1210. To this day, baseball is still my favorite sport thanks to them and my Dad. There will never be another for me. Thanks, Harry, and God’s speed. Though your earthly microphone has been silenced prematurely, Heaven has gained the best play-by-play man around.

Harry was a signature voice. I grew up listening on my radio, on Ch. 17, and thankfully could pick up games in Souther Carolina when we lived there for a while. I could hear him on NFL films and Westwood One and always knew that was ‘my’ announcer for the Phila. Phillies. He was so good the rest of the world wanted a piece of him. I could feel a part of him leave us when Whitey passed years ago and now he passes and a part of us has left too. We’ve been so spoiled to have him in the booth all these years. I didn’t know HK personally but it feels like I did. Maybe someone already said it, but “He’s outta here.” How fitting that the team gave you a World Series just before you left the yard. I pray you are with the Lord Harry Who is the resurrection and the life.

I loved the way Harry Kalas announced games. He had a very distinctive voice. He also announced with some good people like Whitey, Andy Musser, and others. I loved the way he announced Mike Shcmidt’s 500th homerun, whenthe Phils won the National leauge division in 2007 and the end of the World Series call last year. I will also miss his “It’s outta here, Homerun” call when someone hits a homerun. I hope there is a memorial in Philly. I would like to go. Harry you are a true hero and will be sorely missed. My condolences go out to his family.
Brooke, Harrisburg, PA

What a sad, sad day for my family and the City of Philadelphia. Harry may be “outta here,” but will never be forgotten. I have “high hopes” that he has been reunited with Whitey. :)
May God watch over the Kalas family and all of Harry’s extended family in baseball, in Philadelphia and across this country. Harry, RIP. You can never be replaced.

As I sit here typing thoughts that could express my felling of dismay and shock, that I can no longer and will no longer hear Harry Kalas call Phillies games, it is just utterly inconcivable to me. Growing up in the Philly Suburbs, playing Little League in the early evenings in the spring and early summer back in the mid to late 70′s, I can remember rushing home from the ball field to catch the game on TV til about the 7th inning and after being told to go to bed…grabbing my Emerson transister, 9 volt radio, and sticking the single ear ear piece into my left ear just so I could hear him call the last few outs of that game. Hanging on every single word with the faint crack of the bat in the background.
I feel out of love with the Phillies organization in the mid 80′s and all the way through the 90′s, but during that time the people I never feel out of love with was Harry and Whitey. Two men who tought me more about baseball then any and all of my coaches. If God’s has a league of past players, the great and not so great, playing up there, Then I can say for certain that Harry Carey, Richey Ashburn, and Harry Kalas are calling the games. Even the Man above who knows it all, will himself learn something new from those three. May God comfort you Harry and I’m certain Harry C. and Richey will show you to your seat and microphone in the booth…GOD BLESS

I loss a good friend . I have been a Phillies fan since 1965 and i was 11 years old when Harry Kalas started broadcasting for the Phillies. So, For over half of my life, I grew up with him. Me and my friends when we wre little use to try and copy his great voice. Now he is broadcasting for God.

PHILLIES JOURNAL – 2002

Harry Kalas received the Baseball Hall of Fame Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in Baseball Broadcasting. Harry began broadcasting Phillies games in 1971, about the time the team started to get good. Harry was there for Steve Carlton’s phenomenal year, for all the years of Mike Schmidt’s great career, for the 1980 World’s Championship year, even though the networks wouldn’t let him work the Series, and for all the ups and downs since. I wonder if Harry and Chris Wheeler, who has been with him in the booth since 1977, know what a comfort it is for Phillies fans all over the region, to listen to them bring the game into their autos on the road, their picnics at the shore, or into their living rooms and dens all over Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. At his acceptance speech in Cooperstown, Harry grieved that his pal Whitey Ashburn wasn’t there to share the moment. Harry and Rich over the years seemed to enjoy needling each other to the delight of fans who looked forward to the oft-repeated exchange— Harry: “Whitey hit .302 for those dreadful 1962 New York Mets.” Whitey: “.306,” long pause, “Harry.” Or, “You’re standing on my wire,” long pause, “Harry.”

I grew up in a family of die-hard Phillies fans. My first memory of a family trip was to Vet Stadium in 1981 to a Phils game when i was 4. Harry was always there with us at every game, on the radio, on tv, at the stadium. Hearing his voice was more than just play-by-play or commentary. He was part of our family. We will miss him dearly. He will always be the voice of the Phillies in my memory. Thank you Harry.

I can’t imagine what the announcers went thru yesterday. I was glued to the TV & Radio to hear the emotions Larry, Chris, Scott & Tom. How you guys got thru that broadcast is beyond me. Harry is such a legend, a man EVERYONE loved & looked up to.

No one could fill his shoes but wouldn’t it be nice to have his son, Todd, join our Phillies Phamily as an annoucer for the Phillies (instead of the Rays)!

RIP Harry ~ you were an amazing man with an amazing voice. You are with Whitey, Vuk & Tug! Keep on smiling!

Immeasurable loss..
I’ll never forget driving to NYC for work very late in the evening and a game with the Mets had just picked up after a long rain delay and suddenly Harry Kalas was screaming over a Ryan Howard HR and it was so thrilling I started driving faster and faster and I got pulled over.
I told the cop what was going on (I blamed it on Harry Kalas and the thrill of the moment, THEN said to him, wait, you’re not a Mets fan are you?) and he smiled, asked me the score, and let me go.
Phillies comebacks will never sound the same.

I herd Harry for the first time when I was 9 yrs old and it’s hard to imagine listening to a Phillies game without Harry. It’s a very sad day in baseball. I was at the ring ceremony game just a few days ago sitting behind homeplate. When Harry came out he got a standing ovation like he deserved. I am happy to have particapated in that moment.
You will be missed Harry.

I started going to and listening to Phillies games in 1971 as a teenager – the same year Harry joined the Phillies organization. He has been a very important part of my family’s life since then. My kids grew up listening to Harry and we all loved him like he was a member of our family. We even traveled to Cooperstown to see Harry inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. We love you Harry and you will be sorely missed not just by my family, but by everyone in Philadelphia. You were a special man and the best baseball broadcaster ever. Rest in peace Harry. We know you and Whitey are together again and will be watching over the Phillies and hopefully guide them towards another World Series.

Harry Kalas was the only voice of the Phillies I’ve ever known. For over 30 years I tuned in to listen to him call games. I remember running home after I got off the school bus in 4th grade and listening to the last 9 innings of the Phillies 10-inning, 23-22 win over the Cubs. My friends and I would play baseball in the front lawn and do our best Harry imitations for our “home runs”. When I moved to central NJ and couldn’t get the Philly stations, I felt like I’d lost something … but thanks to the growth of the internet, I was able to enjoy Phillies games again. Now baseball will never be the same.

I remember going to Phillies games as a child. My dad always brought a radio with him so he could hear the play by play. I used to love listening to it while I watched the field. I didn’t know who the guy on the radio was, but he was always so excitied! Now that I’m older, I don’t follow baseball much, but I am a HUGE Eagles fan! The first time I listened to a Westwood One broadcast of an Eagles game, I heard the voice that I had heard as a kid! I was yelling, “I know that guy!”. He had a fantastic way of getting you into the game in the first 5 seconds. Just listening to hime got you all riled up! The voice known as “The Voice” will be sorely missed. Although, Harry Kalas may be gone, “The Voice” will never be silenced in the hearts of the Philadelphia fans. God Bless.

Like so many of us posting comments, I’m a Philadelphia native and life long Phillies fan. I was just 1 year old when Harry came to town. Growing up, the voices of Harry and Richie became the soundtrack of my summers. Harry’s voice always brought me a sense of comfort and security. His play calls were a reminder of many happy summer days as a child. Everyone on the playground wanted to be the 9th inning hero for the Phillies, and we all imagined Harry calling our names as we hit a walk off home run, or threw the final strike to win the World Series. I’m so happy I was able to appreciate Harry before he left us. I wish my children would have had an opportunity to grow up with Harry too.

Thank you Harry for being such a big part of my life without even knowing it. You were a true professional, but more importantly, a good man. God bless you, and say hello to Riche for all of us.

Thanks Harry I grew up listening to Harry and Ritchie with my Dad and my brothres I always remember Harry call of Schmidts 500th homerun and Harry’s call od Ledege’s stike out last year at the World Series Thanks Harry for the memories and God Bless you!

I remember listening to Harry Kalas and Richie Ashburn on the Phillies network here in Sunbury, PA… I remember there conversations about the game and them announcing birthday’s and especially Harry when he would call the home run.. Just hearing Harry’s voice like the national anthem being sung. Each and every home run was like that.. When you would hear Harry you would know Phillies baseball was back and ready to be played.. One of the games I remember him broadcasting was the game against the Dodgers in LA when the phillies were down 10-1 and the Phillies came back and won the game.. I think the score was 11-10… The important thing was when you could hear his voice and his big entusiasm when the phillies would come back and win.. You could hear or close your eyes and picture every single moment with each pitch and see the players doing as he said they were doing.. He is going to be sorely missed.. To the Kalas Family God bless you in these difficult times.. God just as Someone stated has Richie and Harry broadcasting the games up above.. RIP Harry.

I was an instant fan of Mr. Harry Kalas. Such a unique voice and kind person. While watching comcast sportsnite this morning I started to cry while they honored this wonderful man. How strange to cry for someone you never met; however you feel an instant bond with this wonderful kind person. I will truly missing hearing your voice. I send my prayers to your family, Phillies players and staff and all the fans of Mr. Harry Kalas.

How happy GOD must be to welcome you home. Rest in Peace!

I feel as though I lost a friend yesterday. It hurts.
Harry’s voice saw me through my childhood (my first bedroom TV at the age of 7, a black-and-white that got 3 channels, but it got he Phillies every spring summer night) and into adulthood. He was there as far back as I can remember, Phils games serving as background noise or the focus of evening. They were always on in my home(s), Harry’s pipes o’ gold filling the air with peaceful tranquility and occasional outburts of joy at unexpected Juan Samuel, Pete Incaviglia or Chase Utley heroics.
One of my lifetimes’ supposed constants is no more. He will live on forever though, as the great ones (of whom there are only few) do.
Now he belongs to the ages.

What can I say you were the best and sure will be missed. I am glad you finally got to call the World Series last year. I am sure this is how you wanted to go. No one will ever fill your shoes.
My condolences to the family.

Cathie Leahy

Sorry this is so long, but I’ve got a lot to say.

Today’ the Philly baseball world is in mourning after the sudden passing, yesterday, of Philly baseball broadcasting great Harry Kalas (March 26, 1936 – April 13, 2009). Even the Philly sky is dark, cloudy and crying.

We really had it lucky with not one, but two baseball broadcasting greats at the same time in the broadcasting team of Don Richard “Richie” “Whitey” Ashburn (March 19, 1927–September 9, 1997), and Harry.

I grew up in Lewistown, in central Pennsylvania. The family are big Phillies fans, in fact, they’re fans of all Philadelphia teams. We never missed a game on the radio.

Unlike most broadcasters, these two had a passion for the game that came across over the airwaves. They really got excited whenever one of the Phills would hit one out of the park. I just loved the way they would get us excited through their calling of the game. Another thing was the anticipation of would the ball get out of the park as Harry would actually describe where the ball was headed. Then you would hear Harry’s signature call, “That ball is outta here! Home Run Phills!” Those are a qualities that will be hard, if not impossible, to replace. I guess it really cannot be replaced.

When it came time for me to decide between Pittsburg and Philadelphia as to where I would like to have a career, it was my fanship of the Philadelphia teams that made that decision easy. I came to Philadelphia in April 1984 to attend a computer training school. After the training, I got a job in Philadelphia with a company where I have worked ever since. I have enjoyed many great moments in Philadelphia sports history. I now live with my wife of 13 years in Clementon, NJ very close to Philadelphia and still follow Philadelphia sports scene with pride! As for my wife, it hasn’t hit her as bad as her family is from New York and they are still big New York fans. I understand that.

But my wife is having trouble understanding my mourning, saying he lived a good long life. I guess this is something only a real Philadelphia sports fan could understand. But it’s much more than the fact that he lived a long life. It’s all the memories, and the fact that there will be so many aspects missing that Harry brought to the game. The phrase “That ball is outta here!” should never again be used as it was something signature to Harry Kalas. There were his spontaneous renditions of the songs “High Hopes” and “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”. There were his memorable calls of Michael Schmidt’s 500th home run, his call of the last out at the 1993 National League Series, and best of all, the final out of the 2008 World Series Championship.

All of these calls have been reprinted in the Philadelphia edition of today’s Metro newspaper and most likely in today’s editions of every other Philadelphia newspaper as today, Philadelphia remembers a sports legend. Also in the Metro is Harry’s last home run call; a home run by Matt Stairs.

It’s great that Philadelphia won the 2008 championship as for some reason Harry missed broadcasting the final out of the 1980 World Series Championship. At least he got to do one.

The way Harry Kalas lived his life was the way he passed. He was in the broadcasting booth in Washington DC, getting ready to broadcast a Phillies @ Nationals game, when he just passed out. He was taken to the hospital and later pronounced.

Yep. Today, the Philly sporting world is feeling a void as devastating as Katrina! A blow that may take years to recover from, but we will survive!

I was born the same year Harry Kalas started his journey with the PHILLIES, 1971. His trademark voice, is one I remember well from my childhood, and will forever sorely miss. My deepest sympathies to his family, friends and the PHILLIES on his passing 4-13-2009. My father always used to have the games on when I was little (still does!), I followed suit. Mr. Kalas is a legend, a familiar voice from my past and present, may his legacy live on! My son is 10 now, and I have him hooked on the PHILLIES (of course, with the help of my father). My heart holds you near still, death can not silence your voice to me, nor to countless millions more….. May you find peace………. love, Kimberly Uhler, (her father Charles, and son Dakota)

THe Players….Schmidt, Carlton, Christensen, Trillo, Maddox, Mcbride, Bull, Bowa, Boone, Moreland, Ruthven, Saucier, Rose, Perez, Gross, Unser, Wilson, Denny, Holland, Diaz, Parrish, Altimirano, Tekulve, Samuel, Dejesus, Hollins, VOn Hayes, Charlie Hayes, Stone, Wilson, Bell, Dykstra, Daulton, Krukker, “T the GReene”, Mulholland, Rivera, Schilling, Mroandini, MCgraw, Reed Bystrom, Murphy, Davis, Stocker, Sarge, Incaviglia, Burrell, Combs, Dernier and so many others….why do i remember?…..the Voice made them known, made them friends, made them heroes.

He will be SORELY missed by us all
“WHITEY” he’s coming to see you! !

I was Stunned to hear of the passing of Harry Kalas, To Me Personally Life will never be the same, He has always been apart of my life and every Phillies fan in this city, its the only voice i knew when watching the fightins and he will truly be missed. I would also like to send my condolences to His family and the entire phillies organization. I am blessed to have had that great voice representing my favorite team throughout my life so far and even more so to hear him call the final out last yr when the phils beat the rays for the world series title. Now You and Whitey can call that big game in the sky.

As a twenty year, lifelong, fan of the Phitin Phils, I love every aspect of the game. But it was Harry the K who made it real and made me the fan I am. I remember back when I was only 5 or 6, driving around with my dad on summer nights, and just hoping for a big home run or a big strike out from Curt Schilling to hear him scream “OUTTAAAA HEERRREE” and “STRUCKKK ‘IM OUTTT”. He truly exemplified what Phillies baseball stands for and it’s going to be years until we will be able to hear see a home run and not wish Harry was calling it.

RIP Harry the K

My fiancee and I feel like we’ve lost a close member of our family. Harry was our hero. We often joked with eachother about the “third person” in our relationship, as we’d say one of the reasons we fell so deeply in love was both of our loves for this wonderful man and for the Phillies organization. We can both remember hiding in our rooms as kids listening to Harry’s radio broadcasts when we were supposed to be sleeping for school the next day… every time we heard his World Series call, we’d tear up with happiness, no matter how many times we’d heard it by then… More than for ourselves, the team, or the city, we wanted this World Series win so badly for Harry. He was the heart and soul of Philllies baseball for us… a true fan who loved the team win or lose, just like Terry and I did. More than just a wonderful voice was the passion behind it that resonated with every call… that’s what touched us, and I’m sure so many, so deeply… We were at the World Series Ring Ceremony and we cried when we saw you throw the first pitch b/c we were so happy you saw a World Series win and would get a ring. We love you Harry and my heart goes out to all of those who had the honor of calling you family or friend, as I cant even imagine the magnitude of their losses right now…. Harry, I keep remembering my favorite call of yours. I wish I could hear it again. I was 10 years old and Mariano Duncan hit a grand slam homerun that clinched the NL East title for the Phils. I can’t remember what I did yesterday, but 16 years later, I remember with goosebumbs your call of “GRAND SLAM BY THE DUNK!!!!” and I shed a tear… I’ll miss you. :(

Before I was actually taken to my very first Phillies game in 1973 when I was 8 years old. I first watched them on TV against the Mets and I just about remember the excitement of the voice, “FROM SHEA STADUIM IN NEW YORK, IT’S THE PHILLIES VERSUS THE METS !!! I wasn’t really paying attention simply because I was so much into the game and hoping that they would win. Not quite sure if they did or not however my folks were commenting on Harry Kalas and the way he and Whitey were calling the game.

When I went TO MY FIRST game @ the Vet against the Pirates (unfortunatly they lost that night) There was a guy with a radio and it Harry did not sound happy that night. It’s true what they said that when the team wasn’t scoring any runs, you would hear it.

When I finally started watching full time on TV, it was good to see Harry and Whitey together along with By Saam, then a whole cast of characters. When I went to the vet and to the CBP, I wish I could have brought a radio so I can hear Harry.

That was the beginning of my childhood in Southern New Jersey. When Whitey left us, part of my childhood was gone and I realized we still had Harry along with a cast of characters. He still kept it real for all of us no matter what.

I was very blessed to meet him on 2 occasions, once @ the Vet, and the other during a signing of the Richie Ashburn DVD that I sent to my mother in Arizona along with Harry’s signature.

After the sad news, I came home last night and had to look for my 2008 Phillies Yearbook only to find Harry’s signature that simply read “Harry Kalas; HOF 2002″ That is something that I will always treasure.

Thank you Harry for keeping it real for ALL OF US, there will never be another one like him.

D. Morton, Glendora, New Jersey

The memory I have of Harry Kalas that told me he loved the Phillies as much as I did, or my father did, is one very few people mention, but almost everyone remembers when it’s mentioned.

It was 1976, and the Phillies had just beaten the Expos, 4-1 at Jarry Park, to clinch their first-ever NL East crown. Harry broke for the commercial before the post-game wrap-up. When the broadcast resumed, the cameras were turned on Harry in the booth.

As he did the “final totals and the recap”, tears were streaming down his face. Just like they were on mine, my father’s, and millions of other fans.

It was then that I *knew* … Harry loved this team like we did, and he was one of us. His broadcasts weren’t just reporting the game, they were as though he was on the phone to us, as a friend, telling us everything he’d seen at the game that night.

I’ll miss him, as will all Phillies fans. But I won’t be as sad because whenever I need to hear him, I’ll put on my 2008 WS DVD, flip the audio to “Phillies”, and be able to hear him all over again.

I think it is safe to say that it will never be the same watching or listening to a Phillies game again. As a life long fan, I can’t think of any Phillies memory without thinking of Harry. No matter what else was going on in life, there was something so calming about listening to Harry’s voice. It didn’t matter what part of the game or the score, good or bad, he always called the game the way it was meant to be called. He was truly a Hall of Famer. To have such a special meaning in so many lives just goes to show what a special human being he really was. I’m sure I speak for all Phillies fans when i say I’ll miss you Harry. Thankyou for all the great memories.

I grew up in Detroit and had the great good fortune of listening to one of the game two greatest broadcasters, Ernie Harwell, as a kid. I rejoiced when his call for “instant runs” paid off and I marvelled at how he could possible know that the “lucky fan” who caught that particular foul ball was from Livonia. I never thougth that I would hear someone as good as Ernie.

Then, in 1982, I moved to the Philly area and was blessed to hear the other best broadcaster, Harry the K. His voice was rich, and his vowels round. His “outta here!” punctuating a round-tripper or a K was delightful. And who can forget the way he said “Mick-key Mor-an-deeeeeeen-i,” which will always be my single favorite player call of Harry’s. He brought to the job the same love for the game, affection for players who worked hard and took their craft seriously, and abiding love for his team’s long-suffering fans that Ernie had. And he turned me into a Phillies fan.

No, I can’t claim the pedigree of many Phils fans, but I have put in my time and over more than 25 years, I’ve had my share of dashed hopes and disappointments, made more bearable only by the fact that Harry called them.

Harry Kalas was a professional who took seriously the call of the last pitch in the bottom of the ninth of the last game of a 90-loss season because the fans counted on him to do so. And yet he was not stiffly professional but warm and friendly–everyone’s ideal uncle, later, grandfather–full of stories with which to fill the wonderful, relaxed in-between time of a baseball game that makes radio calls of a ballgame one of life’s delights. I’m struck by all the tributes to his generosity, openness to fans, and lack of ego–struck but, though I didn’t know him except from a distance, not at all surprised, because along with the beautiful sound of Harry’s voice came the certainty that he was a gem of a human being.
As Jayson Stark and others have pointed out, Harry’s last few calls and appearances were perfect:
the last pitch of the World Series win last year
MCing the end of the parade at the Bank
throwing out the first pitch at the Ring game
the Matt Stairs homerun last Sunday

How fitting that he should die in the booth. He was a class act.

I thank Harry for making baseball such an integral part of my life. He was the voice of the coming Spring in the Grapefruit League then Spring and Summer and last year; all the way through Autumn. How fitting is that.
I grew up with Harry and Whitey calling the Phillies games in the 70′s and early 80′s. I’ve been to, listened to or watched every Phillies game I ever could regardless of their record. Harry taught me how to love both baseball and the Phillies.
All of our lives were enriched by his contributions to this great game.
Thank You Harry! You were the Greatest!
With Harry and Whitey looking over our team now from above, I have “High Hopes” that Cole Hamels’ declaration of going down Broad Street in that Parade “Again, Again and Again” come true.

Patrick

Memories of good times gone by
Our hearts hurt with a heavy sigh

Remembering the days of our youth
Trying to recall things like an amateur sleuth

Ohh thats right the Phils are away
Our guys By, Whitey and Harry tell us the play by play

Our childhood lives as innocent can be
Are recalled when they tell us what we can’t see

As we all slowly grow older
Their voices still come across bolder

But alas our hero’s reach thier end
It leaves a hole in of memories of youth that won’t mend

Gone are our friends in the booth
Gone but not forgotten is a piece of our youth

I loved Harry. He was a member of our family. Harry’s hanging in heaven now meeting some of his heroes and still talking baseball. We will miss you more than you will ever know.

There is nothing I can say that hasnt been said already. Harry will be surely missed and will never be forgotton. Atleast he got to see the Philles win the World Series one more time .My prayers go out to his family, friends and the Phillies organization. God Bless

In honor of the late and GREAT Harry Kalas, the 7th inning stretch should be changed from “Take me out to the ballgame” to ” HIGH HOPES ” It would be really awesome to know that we still have high hopes even though Harry is gone. We now have another angel in the outfield. REST IN PEACE Baseball as we know it will never be the same.

I think it would be a great tradition at Citizen’s Bank Park to play the “outta here” sound bite any time the Phillies hit a home run. It would cement his place in the park.
I hope the Phils are listening.

HAIKUS FOR HARRY, submitted with a heavy heart and many fond memories by Dave Sander, Newtown, PA.

Swing and a long drive!
THE VOICE will always survive.
A part of our lives.

Our loss, Whitey’s gain.
Memorable broadcaster
Gave joy with his calls.

That ball’s outta here!
Chase Utley, you are the man!
Tag lines to savor.

Big voice, bigger heart.
It’s always about the fans.
Thank you Harry K.

It’s going to seem wierd to either watch or listen to a Phillies’ game without hearing Harry’s voice. Things are just not going to feel the same. Goodbye, Harry, you’re going to be missed here in Philly.
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Where do I start Harry. You are all I know and heard when I watched the Phillies. I am not a fan of change so no matter who steps into your booth they will never fill your shoes. My thoughts and prayers are with the Kalas family. I feel like I lost someone very close to me, I also thought I would never cry over someone I never met before…but I felt like I knew you forever. I am waiting to see what the Phillies organization is planning to do to remember the all time greatest play caller in the history of sports. I would also like to start a petition to change Citizens Bank Way to Harry Kalas Way. Hopefully someone from the Phillies reads these blogs, you all know what he meant and will always mean to our city. RIP Harry love you

Harry Kalas deserves a statue outside of Citizens Bank Park to commemorate his importance to baseball and the one and only voice of the Phillies. Lets get to it!

Oh Harry how I miss you! I feel exactly as though I have lost a member of my family. My sincerest condolences to the Kalas family and to all those who loved this wonderful man. I have many happy memories of Harry and Whitey calling the games that I will carry for the rest of my days. No one could ever give the phrase “outta here” justice like Harry could. But we will continue to say it to ourselves with each Phillies blast out of respect. If there is baseball in heaven, Harry and Whitey will surely be teamed again to call the games.

To all of the Phillies family: Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of your/our endearing commentator Harry Kalas. I had the pleasure of meeting him twice on one of the elevators in the Vet and he treated me to an autograph and some wonderful stories about the Phillies.
I had the pleasure of meeting him again and again every time I heard him broadcast, the greatest thrill of all being the Phillies World Series victory in 2008. I will always cherish the many memories that are Mr. Kalas’ legacy to each of us. My thoughts and prayers remain with his family and the entire Philadelphia Phillies organization. With best regards, Robyn A. Kulp, M.Div., Chaplain, Philadelphia, PA

Harry, you brought so many great memories into my entire life. Baseball will never be the same for me without hearing your voice calling the games. I’m glad you got to go out ready to do what you loved best, and that it was with the World Champions. RIP and thank you again for all the wonderful memories.

As young girl I can remember be lulled to sleep by Harry’s Voice feeling safe Knowing Daddy was in the next room watching the game. As Adult Watching the game and Hearing Harry give a shout out to My Father in the hospital. Losing my Father a few years back but still feeling connected To Dad every time I hear Harry give the play By play of every game. I feel like I lost Dad all over again.
Daddy they Did it last Year and Harry announced it.

I lived in Philly for 40 years and relocated to South Carolina 15 years ago and was able to pick up 1210 on the radio at night to hear Phillies games. I remember the first time I was able to pick it up, I was so excited to be able to hear Harry’s familiar voice…it was like being home again. I’ll miss Harry!

I have to say that I am very sadden about the passing of Harry Kalas. Like many other people, Harry was the soundtrack of my childhood, and memories of going to games with my family. My boyfriend called me at work at tell me of Harry’s passing, only to realize that after our call, that this news would probably make me cry…. it did.

I was lucky enough, through my employment, to be able to sit in the dug out for the world series celebration on Halloween– and I have to say, I was more excited to see Harry Kalas then probably anyone else.

I grew up in Philadelphia, in the Kensington section, were we use to play baseball in school yards and stick ball in the street. When spring comes around, I think of those memories, and of Harry Kalas calling games– these memories will never be the same.

Harry was Philadelphia. They city is deeply sadden. I am very glad he got to call the world series win last year. Just like the team, Harry was a true champion.

I have to say that I am very sadden about the passing of Harry Kalas. Like many other people, Harry was the soundtrack of my childhood, and memories of going to games with my family. My boyfriend called me at work at tell me of Harry’s passing, only to realize that after our call, that this news would probably make me cry…. it did.

I was lucky enough, through my employment, to be able to sit in the dug out for the world series celebration on Halloween– and I have to say, I was more excited to see Harry Kalas then probably anyone else.

I grew up in Philadelphia, in the Kensington section, were we use to play baseball in school yards and stick ball in the street. When spring comes around, I think of those memories, and of Harry Kalas calling games– these memories will never be the same.

Harry was Philadelphia. They city is deeply sadden. I am very glad he got to call the world series win last year. Just like the team, Harry was a true champion.

Last summer I was receiving radiation and chemo-therapy. Some days I was even too sick to watch the Phillies games, but I was listening! A smile would come to my face when I would recognize his “That ball is ooooouuuuuta heeeere!” I loved listening to your announcing. Thank you for helping me through my treatment. Until I hear you again……..rest in peace Harry.

Gone Too Soon lyrics by Michael Jackson

Like A Comet
Blazing ‘Cross The Evening Sky
Gone Too Soon

Like A Rainbow
Fading In The Twinkling Of An Eye
Gone Too Soon

Shiny And Sparkly
And Splendidly Bright
Here One Day
Gone One Night

Like The Loss Of Sunlight
On A Cloudy Afternoon
Gone Too Soon

Like A Castle
Built Upon A Sandy Beach
Gone Too Soon

Like A Perfect Flower
That Is Just Beyond Your Reach
Gone Too Soon

Born To Amuse, To Inspire, To Delight
Here One Day
Gone One Night

Like A Sunset
Dying With The Rising Of The Moon
Gone Too Soon

Gone Too Soon

A perfect song for a perfect man! It’s going to be a quiet baseball season in Philadelphia this year and years to come.

I never thought that the first World Series I’ve ever seen would be the last one Harry Kalas called. But I’m so glad I got to hear him make it official during Game 5 (part 2) that we were the World Champions. I’ll miss him and baseball games just won’t seem the same without his voice.

My buddy Bill and I met Harry one December night back in the late 80′s. We were driving in Conshohocken when a silver Chrysler pulled up next to us. We thought it was a cop. The guy in the car asked us for directions to the Cathedral Village area in Andorra. Bill recognized who we were talking too right away, Harry offered to get us into a party he was going to if we got him to Andorra. We did and he took us to a Phillies Christmas party singing “We Three Kings” which got a lot of laughs . It was the greatest night of our young lives. We met some Phillies greats, ate cookies baked by the wives, sang carols and got autographs on paper plates(which I still have). Harry was one of the nicest, warmest and most gracious people I ever met. I will always remember that night, and that voice. God Bless you Harry. You and Richie can call the games together again.

I was young, growing up in Allentown, PA I remember sneaking a radio with Bert and Erny on the front, underneath my pillow it hurt my head but I could listen Phillies games even past bedtime. His voice will stay with me forever. Harry Kalas and Whitey were one of the greatest combo in broadcasting. RIP to them both.

I looked foward to hearing that voice every game. THAT BALL IS OUTTA HERE! I grew up listen to Harry. His distinctive voice i can notice anywhere. Harry will be truly missed. Thank you for all the memories. We will miss you Harry!

RIP Harry Kalas 1936-2009
-Justin

Harry Kalas will forever be in my memories. I was raised on baseball by the sound of his voice. He had a voice that would lull me into a sublime place where only baseball would exist. I am so glad he got another world series ring with Philly and that he got to throw the first pitch for the ring ceremony. You will be missed Harry. RIP

A story I always like to tell, is from a game in 1993. I was about 15 and was selected along with my two friends to go up into the broadcasting booths and do a “broadcast” to tape. I believe this can be done down on the concourse now for a fee, but back then you were selected randomly and it was free. So we get into the press area and down a shadowy hall we see a man and the glow of a cigarrette. My friend says “Is that Harry?!” and he steps into the light and we all yell “Hi Harry!” before the elevator door closes. He gives a big smile and says “How ya doin, fellas?!”. We were more excited about that than any athlete or celebrity we’ve ever met and we still talk about it to this day. We grew up with summers of stick ball, where Harry imitations accompanied every play. I wish we could have talked to him more, but I will gladly take this memory along with the thousands of games I’ve listened to with him painting the picture at all stages of my life.

My contribution to the endless list of Harry Kalas memories:

What Harry the K meant to me

I still remember getting a clock radio from my parents when I was in grade school. I remember thinking my parents must be the dumbest people in the world because at age 7 or 8, my bed time was 9:00, but no Phillies night game was ever over by 9:00. So, once I was tucked in and my parents left the room, the first thing I did was reach over and turn on the Phillies game on the radio. I spent countless nights in my childhood drifting asleep to the sounds of Harry and Whitey calling what seemed to be loss after loss (this was the late 1980s and early 90s).

I now realize my folks knew just what they were doing—it’s much easier convincing a bratty elementary school child to go to bed when he knows he can get to listen to the game. I never did stay awake through the final pitch until the night the Phils won the NL East in Pittsburgh in 1993. Yet, I seemed to spend my final waking moments for a large portion of my childhood listening to Whitey’s whit and Harry’s incessant optimism in a town of pessimists (I’m sure he was the only one who thought the Phils could overturn a 7 game deficit with 17 to play in 2007, and I’m sure he was the only one who believed they could overcome a 10-run 1st inning deficit against Pittsburgh in 1989).

I was too young in 1997 to fully appreciate the loss of Richie Ashburn to Phils’ fans. I’m still young, but I fully appreciate the loss of Harry Kalas. Harry was broadcasting for the Phillies for a dozen years by the time I was born. To me, Harry Kalas was not just the voice of the Phillies, he WAS the Phillies. Excluding national broadcasts, I have NEVER experienced a Phillies game without Harry the K. Even when I go to games, I catch his voice during the pre- or postgame show on the radio. For so many nights in my childhood, he was my only connection to the Phillies. I was not around to experience anything before Harry.
On a nice warm summer night with the windows open, I often still hear Harry calling some old Phillies game. Although I only met the man once, I feel like I went to bed with him (in a purely platonic way) hundreds of times. Harry was more than the voice of the Phillies; he was their heart and soul. I think Jayson Stark got it right when he said that in Philadelphia, if Harry didn’t call it, it’s like it never happened. No Phillies game will ever be the same–I will never be able to sit outside on a beautiful Sunday afternoon listening to the Phillies without thinking of Harry.

My heart goes out to the Kalas family and Phillie fans around the world; I’m just so happy he lived long enough to call the Phils’ World Series victory last fall—I know it always bothered him that he was not allowed to call the 1980 World Series. The world paid Harry back with that championship for all the joy that he brought to so many fans for so many years. Rest in peace, Harry, and if there is a heaven, I am sure we will be selected to broadcast every ball game played there.

Go Phils!

after EVERY HR @ Citizens Bank Park, they should play a classic Harry “OUTTA HERE !” over the loudspeaker.

that would certainly pump the crowd and the team while keeping the legend alive and creating a new tradition.

we dont have an organ player in the park anymore, at least keep Harry Alive for all future generations

Harry IS Philly baseball

i was so hurt by the news i heard on mon. of Harry’s passing. it was like losing one of my own family members. Harry was the voice i heard everytime i turned on the phillies. I still remember as a young child going to bed at 8-9 o’clock and turning on my headsets to listen to the phillies. Harry made it feel like you were at the game with his precise play by play. I always will remember his famous “outta here, michael jack schmidt ” calls. I am so happy that he was able to share in one more championship and maybe this will encourage the phillies to go out and make it back to back for harry. I also feel that maybe the phillies could make a recording of harry’s famous home run call and play it everytime the phillies hit a homerun that would be a nice way to honor him and keep his legacy alive. we love you harry R.I.P

1st I would like to extend heartfelt sympathies to the Kalas family and the Phillies organization! I am 43 yrs old so to me HARRYwas the Phillies, from the time I sat on my fathers lap 1 Sunday afternoon when I was about 6 to watch Boone,Bowa,Schmidt Till now with Howard ,Utley and Rollins! To me the first day of summer wasn’t in June it was that 1st broadcast in March when you would here” GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYBODY AND WELCOME TO JACK RUSSEL STADIUM IN CLERWATER FLA.” Those first words always brought a chill to my spine. I grew up with those 70′s Phils watching and listening with my father on the radio. he passed the spring of 81 so we enjoyed a the 80 WorldChampionship. this last W.S. was special because I got to watch it with my 5 yr old son. I always listened to the Phils and whether they were in a pennant race or 20 games with Harry you never knew the difference because he called every game with the same emotion! He was AWESOME! We’ll never forget those home run, strike out or, doubleplay calls or those certain name pronunciations. Last night I was watching a tribute to Harry and my son asked me who the man was in the white jacket and I had to tell him he was the one who says OUTTA HERE HOME RUN CHASE UTLEY, his favorite Phillie and that he had died and gone to heaven. We know he and Whitey are together again! I never met ya Harry! But you always felt like a friend and I’ll miss ya! Ed from Parkesburg Pa

I was born in’66 so I was only 5 years old when “Harry the K” came to town. He’s the only voice I think of when I think of our beloved Phillies. I am still in shock days later. Like Whitey used to say, “It’s hard to believe Harry.” At least now they are back together as a team. It was a sad day when we lost Flyers’ announcer Gene Hart, it’s an even sadder day now, even though the sun is shining in Philly today. People across this country that love to attack the Philly sports fans bear witness on Saturday when there will be Standing Room Only at the ball park when we pay homage to one of the true legends of the game. How fitting that his last post season call was his first live call of the Phils as world champs. God bless you Harry, you will be forever missed.

I know Harry’s in a better place, calling games with his buddy Whitey Ashburn for all the Angels in Heaven to enjoy. We’ll miss you Harry!

Harry was likable as soon as you met him. As a flight crew member, I briefly spoke with him and Larry Christianson on a flight to Houston. They were arriving a day early to get in a round of golf. A few years later, we took our son (about age 9) to a spring training game at Clearwater. We saw Harry outside the radio booth and he invited our son into the booth for a few minutes and announced his name and home town on the broadcast. He called Richie “his Whiteness”, and we remember Harry and his on air and off air personality as “his Greatness”.

Harry,
You will be forever missed my Phils fans everywhere. It hurts to think that your wonderful voice will never come through my radio again. The Phils just do not seem complete without you. I’m sure you and Whitey will be watching Phils games together from now on. I love ya Harry and always will!

Keely Gudonis

“Chase Utley….you are the man!”
One of my favs!!

Watch this dear soul go, he’s outta here, gone home, Harry Kalas! Heaven wins big! Thank you for a great game.

I had a sister who was blind from birth. She was one of the smartest persons I knew and the most superfan of Harry Kalas. When she graduated from Brandywine Jr. College with such honors as Dean’s List, President’s List, Who’s Who in American Jr. Colleges, in the late 60s, I called the Phillies organization to set up a meeting with Harry Kalas as a surprise gift to her. The organization returned my call and the meeting was set up. We were to come to the stadium, go to our seats, and someone would come and guide us to the broadcasting booth. Waiting for my sister, Beverly Lux, was Harry Kalas and Whitey also was there. She had no idea where we were being escorted, but when she heard Harry’s voice, she became so overwhelmed, stuck out her hand to shake his hand. Harry said, “Hi, Beverly, I heard I have a fan”. Well, she was so excited and happy, she said “it’s gonna be very hard for me to wash this hand Mr. Kalas” and that it was the “happiest day of her life”. Shortly before she passed she asked me how I pulled that off. I told her all I had to do was place a phone call and Harry Kalas was more than happy to meet with her! Again I wrote to Harry to tell him about my sister’s illness. Again he came through & sent her a get well note and a gift. Thank you Harry for the cherished memories. I know my sister was there to help escort you through the gates of heaven!

My Dad who was raised in North Jersey and was in fact a Yankees fan sparked my lifetime love of baseball and the Phillies by bringing me to my first games at Connie Mack Stadium when I was a girl in the 1960′s. However, I don’t think I became a true Phillies fan until I began listening to Harry Kallas’ and Whitey Ashburn’s broadcasts in the early 1970′s. Their enthusiasm for the Phillies got me through that terrible year for the Phils — 1972, when Steve Carlton won 26 games, pratically half of the Phillies’ wins that year. Before the advent of cable broadcasts, I would listen to many broadcasts on the radio. Recall my junior high and high school years in the early to mid 1970′s when the Phils gradually improved and became contenders at last. I can recall the excitement in Harry’s voice the year that the Phils clinched second place after finishing so many years in last place. Much of the fun of those years when the Phils made the Post-Season and at last won their first World Series in a century was listening to the announcing of Harry. In 1980, I was attending college at University of Delaware and I recall listening to staticky radio broadcasts of Harry’s voice as the Phillies battled the end of that season and clinched the Playoffs the last game of the season; and hearing Harry and company call the TV broadcasts of one of the most exciting Playoff Series ever– the Phils and Houston series. I have game 5 on tape and have watched it often over the years. One of my favorite calls of that game is when Phils fought back after being behind in that best of five series with Harry calling a clutch triple made by Manny Trillo: “Manny Trillo, a triple!!!!” To this day, I clap loudly when I see that play and hear Harry’s voice. Last year, when the Phils finally won their second World Series, I had been living in NYC for 28 years. I’ve remained a Phillies fan all these years and Harry’s voice was a mainstay in my love for the Phils all these years. In last couple of years I found a Philadelphia sports bar in Greenwich Village in NYC where I could watch the Phils playoff games with fellow Phillies fans in NYC. We went bonkers here in NY when Phillies won. I was so thrilled to hear Harry make the call when Phils won World Series, as well as his singing “High Hopes” on the field. Harry, thank you for helping to develop my passion for baseball and the Phillies all these years. You have added such a joy to my life and the lives of so many people. I was hoping to have you around for many more years, but we will all cherish the times we had with you. You’re a world class guy who looked at the bright side of life and never had an unkind thing to say about anyone. There will never be another like you.

I look forward to every spring just to hear Harry’s voice. My favorite memory is the 2008 World Series. I was living in northern NJ–the middle of Mets/Yankee territory–when the World Series was on. The day game 5 resumed, my cable and internet went down down but thankfully I could get the Philles on my car radio. That fact my cable and internet went down was a blessing in disguise because I sat in my car and listened to Harry call the final out and proclaim the Phillies as champs!! I still get chills when I hear that!

THREE CALLS:
Career home run number 500 for Michael Jack Schmidt!Chase Utley, you are the man!The Philadelphia Phillies are 2008 world champions of baseball!THREE MEMORIES:Sneaking a radio into bed and staying up past bedtime to listen to Harry call games when I was a child.Writing in “Harry Kalas, broadcaster” on my All Star ballot when I was 14, because the team was having one of its’ worst years and he somehow still made it enjoyable to watch.Turning the sound down on the national broadcast to hear a REAL baseball announcer call the game on local AM radio during the entire 2008 postseason. I will always hear your voice whenever I am watching the Fightin’ Phils. Thank you Harry.

We will all miss Harry the K. Each and every one of us that grew up listening to him, appreciate the happiness and cheer he gave us over the many, many years……..

A wonderful piece of what makes our lives so great has been lost, but will be forever cherished.

Even though I never meet Harry, I lost a great friend this week.

Lord Bless his family and close friends in this time of need.

Harry…………… “You are the man” !!!!

We will all miss Harry the K. Each and every one of us that grew up listening to him, appreciate the happiness and cheer he gave us over the many, many years……..

A wonderful piece of what makes our lives so great has been lost, but will be forever cherished.

Even though I never meet Harry, I lost a great friend this week.

Lord Bless his family and close friends in this time of need.

Harry…………… “You are the man” !!!!

I have had the honor of knowing three great sports announcers from the Delaware Valley – Roy Shudt, voice of Brandywine Raceway; Gene Hart, voice of the Flyers; Harry Kalas, voice of the Phillies. I had the distinct pleasure of meeting these men all in their worlds, so to speak – inside the announcers booth. These men would describe and tell events that unfolded in front of their eyes and in a split second repeat verbally the visual experience in front of their eyes. Whether it was a an extra inning game that would go into the wee hours of the morning, or the fastest two minutes in the harness racing world, or the fabulous call of the Broadstreet Bullies from the Spectrum – these men would give us, the audience, a treat every time they spoke. Their verbal recreations gave us a moment capture so that we could picture in our minds what was occurring as the announcer spoke. Harry, we will miss you along with the others..Ashburn, Kalas, Hart, Shudt…Voices and Memories that will last my lifetime. God Bless Harry Kalas.

My heart… is broken.

I feel as though a crucial piece of my childhood… is gone.

I have just lost a good friend… one that has provided me many years of not just entertainment… but comfort… and enlightenment…. and hope and inspiration. Me and millions of others will miss my dear friend Harry Kalas.

Every little boy and girl in the Delaware Valley who grew up in the 1970′s…. or 80′s…. or 90′s… that went to bed every summer night listening to a transistor radio under their pillows that they snuck in after bedtime to follow the exploits of our beloved Fightin’ Phils…. as told to us by the magnificent Richie Ashburn and Harry Kalas…. knows exactly what I am talking about.

I had to (and I know I’m not alone here) sneak that radio under my pillows, particularly on a school day, so that I’d be “fresh for school”. What I could never make Mom and Dad (well…. MOM, mostly, God bless her) understand…. was that those nightly radio sessions with Harry and Richie WERE school time. I learned a hell of a lot more from those broadcasts than I EVER learned in Geometry class, or Biology, or that silly damn art class that the Philadelphia Board of Education insisted was essential for my “enrichment” and “emotional development.” Oh… and by the way? Everything I know about STATISTICS…. I learned from listening to and watching baseball.

I retained much more from my years listening to the Phillies than anything I learned in school, in fact. You see… radio is the theater of the mind. And every time I (and millions of other little boys and girls) went to bed with tears in our eyes after (another!) Phillies loss… we could feel Harry reach through the airwaves and lovingly hug us and dry our tears, and gently place us back on our feet, reminding us that there will be another game tomorrow.

Harry taught us, without any of us realizing it at the time, really… that baseball, a metaphor for life… is a marathon, not a sprint. The fight is long, and you need to deal with one game at a time, and the season will take care of itself. And Richie… would always remind us, in his artful, subltle, understated Nebraska way, to suck it up…. “rub some dirt where it hurts”, and not let anyone ever see defeat in your heart or in your eyes. After all… this is PHILADELPHIA. Quitting is not an option.

Harry and Richie, this magical combination of two very distinct, but completely complimentary broadcasting legends…. taught us far more than balls and strikes, Or runs and hits. Life lessons… major life lessons… were taught here. They taught us that life is not about “grabbing the brass ring”… but rather about NEVER GIVING UP the quest for that brass ring.

Richie spent his entire career never winning the big prize… having been denied a World Series win in his career… and being denied admittance into the Pro Baseball Hall Of Fame, in spite of having a legendary career, until almost the very end of his life. Yet he never complained, never gave into bitterness, or self pity… he threw himself head-first into what he loved the most… his family, his fans, and the Philadelphia Phillies. And, please believe me… they were all one in the same to him. Richie taught us by example…. that you may not win… but if you throw EVERYTHING you’ve got into your life’s endeavors… and take on life’s challenges with joy in your heart… that you are NOT a loser.

Well, we lost Richie just about at the end of 1997 baseball season…. just a couple of months after I lost my Mom.

I was…. devastated.

Again.

Our whole great community…. all of “Phillie Nation”… mourned that incalculable loss. Harry Kalas most of all. It was SO hard to go on. The pain was just… almost too much to bear. But, armed with the life lessons that Richie Ashburn spent a lifetime imparting on us, Harry sadly, but unwaveringly, moved on with his life’s work…narrating the daily fortunes of our Fightin’ Phils…. imparting life lessons all along the way.

Harry Kalas was so much more than a voice on the radio. He was my friend. He was one of the family. He never missed a family gathering (thanks to my trusty transistor radio)…. a night at the dinner table on nights the Phillies were playing at dinnertime. One magical evening, in fact, at an end-of-the-year thank you banquet for stadium employees of the Phillies (which I was at the time), Harry LITERALLY was, for an evening, part of my family, sitting down at our dinner table at the banquet for the evening… taking about the Phils, sports, family… and life. And Harry never forgot, either. Years after that banquet, whenever he’d see me in the stadium, he’d pat me on the shoulder and ask “How’s your Dad?” Amazing that he would remember.

But that was just Harry. OUR Harry. He was one of those “bedrock” personalities. A Philadelphia, well…. INSTITUTION…. that you always assumed would be there forever. Harry was as huge a part of this community, in THIS generation…. as was the Liberty Bell. And he loved us… as much as we loved him. The man never had a smile far from his face or was ever without a kind word… ummm… I was going to say without ever a kind word for a stranger… but there WERE no strangers to Harry. He aproached every one in the whole world as if he were their friend… and they were his. And almost without exception… he was right.

A living personification of the word “class”…. Harry was ALWAYS generous with words of comfort and encouragement, particularly to newcomers. Yet in spite of his perpetual smile… Harry Kalas was not without setbacks… heartbreaks, in fact… in his life, both personally as well as professionally… although you’d never know it from looking and/or listening to the man. He was as restrained in articulating words of bitterness or disappointment in his own life as he was generous in lavishing words of prsise and encouragement in the lives of others.

Former Phillie great Curt Schilling said about Harry, “If you were to put a Mount Rushmore of Philadelphia sports up, Harry would have to be one of the four faces on that mountain.” Right you are, Schill.

I know that one of Harry Kalas’ biggest career disappointments was not being permitted to broadcast the Phillies 1980 World Series win. Here it was… the BRASS RING… AT LONG LAST…. yet Richie and Harry were denied their chance… after years of loyal service to the community…to participate in broadcasting that historic win to us… cruelly having had their microphones snatched away from them because of a short-sighted decision by Major League Baseball to grant exclusive broadcast rights of the World Series games to the networks. I mean… Harry and Richie did a re-creation broadcast afterwards, but it was just sad. Too little, too late.

One of the things I LOVE about baseball…. is that it is a living drama of adversity and redemption. MLB, after much pressure from the fans, soon reversed their broadcast policy and allowed local announcers to broadcast World Series games of their hometown teams. Well, the Phillies climbed the mountain a couple of times, and got close…. but NEVER quite got back to the status of World Champions again….

until that magical year of 2008.

Yes.

After another 28 years of loyal service to Phillies fans near and far…. Harry… OUR Harry… our Hall of Famer…. finally got to call a World Series Championship for his… for OUR… beloved Phillies. And even though Richie couldn’t be here to share it with us…. you KNOW he was our “Angel in the Outfield”… cheering us on every step of the way.

And now it’s Harry’s turn. As if he’s taught us all the life lessons he had to give us… he’s gotten the big “call up” to report to the next level…. broadcasting in that big stadium in the sky. I just know, in my heart of hearts…. Harry’s next post of duty is going to be reuniting with old friend and partner Richie Ashburn… broadcating nightly tales of our Fightin’ Phils… Chris Short going up against Cy Young… facing Babe Ruth, and Joe Dimaggio, and Mickey Mantle, and Ty Cobb.

Finally…. I’d like to say to those of you in my generation who grew up with the Phillies…. I know you’re hurting, and your heart is heavy…. but please don’t feel sad for Harry Kalas. He loved every day of his life. His life… was a triumph. A celebration of the human spirit. He died doing what he loved to do. And he loved every one of us and would not want us to spend a single moment of sadness or shed a single tear over his loss. Well…. maybe just a little. But not too much, mind you. Life goes on. There’s a game to be played tomorrow. Somebody’s got to step up to the plate.

Remember…. this is Philadelphia.

Quitting is not an option.

Harry… so long, pal… and thank you for everything.

I’ll miss you.

God Bless you.

I had heard about Harry Kalas offering to record your bridal party announcement at your weddings and thought, “What the hell. I’ll write him a letter.” I can’t tell you the exact date, but it was early 2006 when my husband got me out the of the shower to tell me I had a phone call. I told him to take a message and he said that I might want to get to the phone. So, of course I’m mad I had to get out of the shower, but also worried about who I would find on the other line. Well, I pick up the phone, say “Hello” and there’s the voice. We all know it. The voice of Mr. Harry Kalas!!!! I was starstruck. I’m surprised I said much of anything. He called because I had purposefully put my phone number in the letter I wrote to him. Never, in a million years, did I think he would actually call little ole’ me! We talked for about 5 minutes and I really have no idea what I said because I was just in awe! He did tell me that he would do our announcement and told me how to get him the information. Fast forward to June 17, 2006. I had asked my brother to do a little speech pre-Harry to inform the guests what they were about to hear and why I had decided to have The Legend announce my bridal party! Then, he started! First, our parents, then our bridal party, and then my husband and me! At the very end, he says “You better wish Chris and Liz well soon because they’ll be going on a honeymoon. They’ll be on a long drive. They’ll be outta here!” I will always and forever have that personal memory of the man, the myth, the legend … Mr. Harry Kalas. You will be missed.

Harry Kalas was one of the best sports broadcasters that ever lived. I am going to miss his homerun calls and his great style of broadcasting. He is with Whitie now in heaven calling the balls and strikes. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Rest in peace my friend. There will never be anyone like you.

In Philly, we were lucky enough to have one of the most unique voices in baseball to announce our Fightin’ Phils. His calls were amazing and his voice just fit the game, as a matter of fact, my mother says that he was part of why she liked watching the Phillies so much. I am just glad that Harry had a chance to make the call this past year for the World Series; hearing him talk, you could tell that he just truly enjoyed the game and what he did, and that made it even more enjoyable for the fans, the players, and everyone else involved.

Harry the K., we will miss you. You may be “outta here”, but you will always be remembered.

When I started sneaking opportunities to turn on my bedside radio to listen to the game in the dark, volume down low, it was By Saam and, eventually, Richie Ashburn calling those games. And I loved it. But when Harry and Whitey called the game, you felt as though you were getting the privilege to sit in the stands with a couple of good guys who really understood what they were looking at while they shared the great time they were having with you. You were welcome, and you were one of them. At the same time, they created the memories and made the heroes that become part of your life.
I’ve been touched to see the depth of genuine affection shown by Harry’s fellow broadcasters, the members of the front office and the members of Harry’s family. I just want to join all the other fans who never knew him personally to offer them my condolences. I will miss him, too.

My first memories of Harry Kalas are Saturday mornings in the 70′s watching NFL films highlights of the previous weekends football games. I knew then as a young child that Harry’s voice was very special. I, like so many, just loved hearing his voice during Phillies games. Harry and Richie Ashburn together were priceless. My condolences to the family. Rest in peace Harry!

Thank you so much for the warm and loving tribute today for Harry the K….I sat through tears ..watching and listening to a loving celebration of the man that touched our hearts…his boys made me cry …Kale is a picture of him and I wish to let you all know that Heaven Must Have Been Missing an Angel and took Harry from us all on Monday, April 13th. He is gone but will never be forgotten …my love and thoughts to his most Loving Family, The Phillies Organization and to the fans of Philadelphia that he so loved…RIP HARRY!
Carole Ingenito

I was born and lived in Philly for my first 26 years. I remember going to Connie Mack Stadium and then later to the Veterans Stadium to watch the games. When Dad and I were not at the stadiums, we would listen to Harry do the play by plays on the radio out back on summer nights on the chaise lounge. Later when I married and moved to NYC, Harry came back into my life along with another man–my husband who was an avid sports (and Giants) fan. Again, Harry made his presence and voice known as The Voice of the NFL. I’ve since moved to FL, but am now back in Philly taking care of my terminally ill mom. I’ve been here in good times (the Phillies winning last year!) and in bad (Harry leaving us last week and Mom joining him soon).
Harry, just had to write to say thanks for helping me go full circle, in getting back to my “roots.” Glad you’re with Dad now so the two of you can talk baseball. May God Bless you and your family always. We felt you were part of ours, as well. We won’t forget you, even though you’re “outta here.”
Rest in peace, gentle man!

My condolences to the Kalas Family and the Phillies Organization. Mr. Kalas will be greatly missed. I watched the tribute honoring him today though tear filled eyes. I would like to thank the Kalas Family for letting the Phillies fans pay their respects to Mr. Kalas. I would also like to thank the Phillies Organization for a wonderful tribute they put together today.

Thanks for the chance to say Goodye to a legand!

Thanks for the chance to say Goodye to a legand!

I love baseball. One reason for that love is my Dad. The other reason is Harry Kalas. I began paying attention to the Phillies in 1974 when I was 9 years old, and I immediately fell in love with the Voice of Harry Kalas. My friends and I played ball every day all summer, and part of our play included play-by-play just like Harry Kalas. I didn’t want to be a major league ball player. I wanted to be an announcer like Harry Kalas.

On July 10, 1979, I listened through the static on my radio to Harry call Del Unser’s third consecutive pinch homerun. I was happy with the Phillies win, and I cried with joy at the call that Harry made for that homerun. The next day, my friends all met at the baseball field, and our first question to each other was, “Did you hear Harry Kalas call Unser’s homerun???” Of course we did. Years later, I visited Cooperstown for the first time, and the first thing I did was find the bat Del Unser used to hit that homerun. I would give anything to hear that call again and share it with my kids.

My Dad coached my little league team, but he never saw a major league game until I took him to see the Greatest Phillies Moments of the 20th Century game in 2000. All the great Phillies were there, but the greatest moment was when Harry Kalas strode onto the green of Veteran’s stadium and welcomed all of us. Harry looked skyward into the rain and overcast and asked his friend Whitey Ashburn for a little blue sky. The clouds disappeared, and the game was on.

Harry Kalas made listening to a baseball game more than a pasttime. His voice provided fans a connection with the game that transcends balls and bats and dirt and grass. The man and his voice are timeless gifts for all of us who love the game, and anyone who stayed up late listening through the static of a summer night aching to hear Harry call, “Outta here!” live a little better and love baseball a little more today because of him.

Harry wasn’t just the legendary voice of the Phillies. To me, Harry Kalas was a companion – Someone who I spent almost every night with from April to October. Last year I missed only 11 of 162 games. That’s a lot of time to spend with someone. He was a smooth and steady background voice and someone who centered me.
This could, in part, be because I am a sports junkie. When everyone else was imitating Charlie’s Angels in grade school, my idol was Phyllis George. But that is beside the point.
Just like Jamie Moyer, I started to listen to Harry when I was about 9 with my grandfather and my dad around the kitchen table. I guess you could say I was drawn by his voice and the lessons he taught about baseball and about enjoying life. I remember listening when we moved into a house that required steaming the wall paper off of the plaster walls. Harry was with us that entire summer – every night until the last coat of paint was applied.
In 1980 when the Phillies won the World Series, we didn’t have Harry’s voice to calm our nerves. I was a wreck and felt compelled to sit in my superstitiously “special seat” while watching every game. My dad was at the game when Tugger Struck ‘EEEm Out to win the Championship.
I went to many Phillies games with my dad. At first I couldn’t understand why he listened to the games on his walkman when he was actually at the game. Later I tried it and nothing compared. I have since been known to listen to Harry call the Phillies games even while at an Eagles game.
In 1993, with my husband and new baby, I watched almost every game. My dad and I went to World Series Game 5 of the Phillies – Blue Jays series together (him with the ear piece on listening to the game). What a great memory. Their last victory of the season.
When my dad died in November of 2005 I remember thinking: Wow, Dad won’t get to hear Harry announce the games anymore. In April of 2006 when I heard Harry’s voice again I felt a comfort that I hadn’t felt since my dad’s passing. It was soothing. It was ok. Life went on and baseball went on.
Last year came full circle for me. My 11 year old son learned to love Harry, too. We watched those 151 games together and bonded. I was privileged enough to see in person the last game 5 (and 5 ½) when the Phillies became “World Champions of Baseball” once again. I heard Harry call it the next day and the next and the next. I never tire of hearing it.
Now all I can think is that Harry and Richie are together again calling the happenings of heaven and my dad and grandfather are able to listen and enjoy together. It’s bittersweet. Somehow I knew he wouldn’t be around forever but I didn’t know I would miss him this much. Or maybe, just maybe, I am missing my dad all over again.

Sincere sympathy to the entire Kalas family, your loss is shared by the millions of Phillies and baseball fans who recognized Harry as one of thee best voices in all of sports broadcasting.

I’m one of those people who actually heard Harry before most Phillies fans. In the summer of 1970, I was stationed at Ft. Sill, OK, prior to going to Vietnam, and since I couldn’t hear Phillies or Pirates games I had to settle for whatever was on the TV at the officers club. As was my wont, I probably had an adult beverage and began watching an Astros game. What caught my attention right away was the play-by-play announcer. My first thought was “what a set of pipes”. I later learned the guys name was Harry Kalas.

About a year and half later, I’m back in PA and it’s late in the baseball season. I stop by to see my dad and he has a Phillies game on TV (in those days we only got one game a week on the Lancaster Tv station). We started watching the game and I suddenly realized…I know that voice! My dad told me he’s a new announcer for the Phillies but he didn’t know anything about him. I told my dad that I heard Harry doing Astros games when I was at Ft. Sill.

Well, the decades have come and gone and now we all know about Harry and Richie and what a great team they were. My long-time companion had no interest in baseball until she heard Harry and Richie doing a game. She enjoyed the banter between them and actually learned the game. As a result, we made about 12 straight opening day games and if there was something honoring Richie or Harry, I had to order tickets for that game.

Thanks for the opportunity to share these memories. Harry and Richie are gone, but the memories they helped make will stay with us forever. Well done…

Mike D.
Lehigh Valley, PA

Harry the K…you are the man! I remember the first time I heard your voice. I believe I was about 8 years old..about 17 years ago. My father pulled me in to the family room to listen to you on the radio. He said…”You have to hear him call a homerun!” Not even 10 minutes later someone hit a homerun and I fell in love with Harrys’ voice since! He will be deeply missed by my family…It has been a week now that he has been gone..and I can’t stop thinking about him! I’ve been trying to imitate his voice…maybe if I get good enough the phillies will hire me to call the games! lol

I am so relieved that the Phillies got a World Series victory last year so I could hear Kalas call it, watching their games now just feels weird… RIP

There will never be another Harry Kalas……God blessed you Harry with a voice that will resonate for the ages. Listening to the games will never be the same and yet they will because we will all hear Harry in our heads. As someone close to me said, Harry will still be calling the games just from a higher view. Somehow I can see Harry and “Whitey” sitting side by side again.
God bless the Kalas family, the Phillies family and all of the fans!!!
R I P…Harry

When I hear Harry Calas a couple things run through my head
1. Micheal Jack Schmidt
2. The voice of NFL films
3. Notre dame Football
4. Vocie of the Phils

I have been a Phillies fan dating back to Connie Mack Stadium and for me personally Phillies baseball will never ever be the same. I am just so thankful for the many years that Harry the K was welcomed into our homes and more importantly our hearts!! I have many wonderful memories of Harry making wonferful calls especially the 2008 World Series. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Phillies Organization for a wonderful Memorial service the tribute was beautiful and so very moving. And to Harry’s family you are in all of our hearts and in our prayers!!

First off, my sincerest condolences to the Kalas family. Being a Phils fan since the days of Jim Bunning,Johnny Callison Clay Dalrymple and yes, even Rick Joseph I have seen and heard alot of games over the years. It’s so true when you hear the stories of sneeking out of a wedding reception to catch a quick score check for the game that night. Been there done that. Just knowing that I won’t be hearing Harry’s voice again when I tune in the car radio or watch the game on tv makes me realize how fortunate we were to have him for the time we did. We all know that we always had a favorite uncle or some other person, perhaps a neighbor who you related to that could make you laugh, or just feel good. I feel like I lost that uncle. God Bless you Harry.

Harry and Jasmine were my children’s (Susie and Lewis Morphew) Godparents in Houston in the 60s. I was so sorry to read of Harry’s passing. What a wonderful man! I would love to hear from Jasmine or Todd or Brad. I lost track of them thru the years but never stopped loving them.
Joanne Morphew Thompson… thompsonjo@comcast.net

I don’t have much to add, except to say that I sorely regret having never had the opportunity to meet Harry in person. I only hope that when he left us, he truly knew how important he was to the fabric of this region, and that for many of us, he was the only voice for the Phillies that we ever knew. Though I never met him, I truly loved him. Godspeed, and rest peacefully Harry Kalas.

I don’t know what could be said that has not already been said. I agree with one person who commented in that I feel like a part of my childhood is now gone. I can remember many a cool summer evenings in South Jersey with the windows open letting in a the sounds and smells. The lights in the house off because of it staying light out later. The big stereo in the living on with the sounds of Harry Kalas and Richie Ashburn calling the Phillies game. I can remember laying down on the living room floor as I listened visualizing evry call and every play. My dad, who himself has passed, would often use different calls Harry made over the years when we were excited about something. I haven’t lived in the Philadelphia area in about 15 years, but any time I heard Harry’s voice on anything, It always brought a smile to my face and brought back some wonderful memories. I will truely miss Harry. My prays to his family.

Harry was a great member of our freshman class at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa. And, though he left following his freshman year, he is still remembered as vividly and lovingly as any member of the class who graduated. We had our 50 year reunion as a class last October (class of ’58) and there was a lot of talk about Harry. We were missing him. Harry was smart, cute, fun, funny, and a very nice guy. Everyone loved being around him. He was the life of most parties, a real sweetheart. At the reunion, we were all so proud of him and his very famous public career. Now, following his death, the emails and letters are flying back and forth among class members about Harry, how much we liked him and how much he will be missed. We will all miss Harry.

As a long time fan of Harry’s and The Phillies, (I’m 57), I was moved to write a tribute song about Harry and get it recorded with a friend of mine who produced the “Opening Day” song that The Phillies played the past years on opening day. I would like to share my tribute to Harry, “The Voice Of The Phils”, with you. It can be heard and downloaded free at this Soundclick music site: http://www.soundclick.com/bands/page_music.cfm?bandID=819233

My wife and I miss Harry of course for all the games. We were at the memorial, and it was such a loving, yet sad event. The speeches by everyone showed how much he affected the ones who knew him.

John

He was a great great guy nd we’ll always have the memory of him announcing the final out of the WS

I have been a Phillies fan since I an knee high to a grasshopper and I will be 58 in December. Bill Campbell was excellent, but none can compare to the voice of Harry the K. Harry was a truly nice man, I knew that even though I never met him.
It is still hard to believe that Harry is gone and we will not hear his voice on a hot Summer evening. Harry is now reunited with his great friend Richie A. They are probably calling games in Heaven for our long gone baseball greats.
My husband and I miss Harry and Richie so much. Their relationship was so special. So comical, yet so professional.
Harry died doing what he loved. What a great way to go.
Another World Series win dedicated to Harry Kalas would be wonderful. GO Phillies!

I was so said to hear the news. He was the greatest broadcaster no question. I mean I think about how i heard him for alot of my life and how I heard his last homerun call but I didin’t think it would be his last. I can’t belive it. But his wall of fame ceramony was good. But hay at least he was alive for 1980 and final out called in 08. R.I.P. Harry we we will miss you

We’ll miss you Harry!! Yesterday they remembered you during their third time in a row being the NL East Champions. We are all happy that you passed on after getting to be their for their first World Series Win since 1980. We love you and miss you Harry. But you will live on forever in our hearts, and in our stadium.

Been thinking about Harry lately, while staying up late watching the World Series Games. You are missed greatly. Hope you are enjoying the games, this ones for you.

Though the Phillies didn’t win the world series this year,they did an amazing job; for you,Harry. RIP Harry.you’re greatly missed

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