WASHINGTON (AFP) —
Broadcaster Harry Kalas,
whose "Outta here" home run call
was a staple of Philadelphia baseball for almost 40 years,
died after collapsing at a game.
Kalas, 73, collapsed in the broadcast booth
before the World Series champion Phillies' contest
against the Washington Nationals.
"We lost our voice today,"
Phillies president David Montgomery said.
"He has loved our game and made
just a tremendous contribution
to our sport and certainly to our organization."
Kalas, whose baritone voice had kept
long-suffering Phillies fans abreast of their team's news
was beloved by the team's faithful.
He usually called only the middle three innings on radio,
but when the Phillies won their second World Series title last autumn,
Kalas was on the mike for the final out of the clinching game,
and then joined the on-field celebrations.
His colleague Scott Franzke said that
Kalas was always willing to record his trademark "Outta here!"
line for fans who wanted it on their answering machines or,
more recently, voice mail messages.
"Players come and go," Franzke said,
"but 'Outta here!' - that's forever."
There was a moment of silence in Kalas' memory
before the Phillies-Nationals game,
and at other ballparks around the country on Monday.
Copyright © 2009 AFP. All rights reserved.
This is what is happening in my neck of the woods right now.
Very sad stuff!
I bet you will find LOTS of interesting things to read about today
over at Mama Kat's page.
Hope on over : ).
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What's your team?