Today, one of the great voices American sports broadcasting has ever known passed away. Harry Kalas, man behind the mic for the Philadelphia Phillies, Eagles and NFL films, died suddenly at the age of 73 before a game in Washington DC. He was found unconscious on the floor of the broadcast booth around 12:30 Eastern, and pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Whether you lived in Philadelphia or not, Harry Kalas was the man, and I for one will miss just knowing he’s around. When I was in high school I did some work for an MLB pitch-charting service who happened to have Curt Schilling as a client, and listening to Kalas give play-by-play at the Vet will unquestionably be the lasting memory of the many hours I spent watching tapes.
Check this brief video detailing the progression of Kalas’ career made prior to his death.