Thursday, April 16, 2009

Beloved Phillies announcer Kalas dies

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
since 1971,
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 : ).
Do you like baseball?
What's your team?


Grandma J said...

Oh yes, I love baseball, and the whole world of baseball, and fans like me are saddened by the loss of Phillie's beloved announcer, Harry Kalas.

I love all baseball. If I have a favorite team, I would say I am a Rockies and Rangers fan. I was a Dodger fan for years. My brother in law was a catcher for them wayyyyyy back. And Tommy Lasorda is still a local in OC CA, living in the same neighborhood for decades...still celebrating Thanksgiving and other holidays at neighborhood gatherings. We shared the same church too. Did I tell you I love Tommy L.?

mimi said...

Wow, I'm stunned that it happened before/during the game. How sad! He looks like one of those just all around nice guys. I'm very pms today....that just put me over the edge:(

And R---my boys have this song on their playlist!

Eyeglasses & Endzones said...

Our family LOVES baseball....I grew up in Detroit as a Tigers fan but I have since converted over to all things Minnesota so we are Twins fan through and through.

We lost our announcer a couple of years back and Harey Carey of course...Reassly sad!

Busy Bee Suz said...

Not much of a baseball fan here...sorry to hear this sad news though. Take care, Suz

April said...

That is sad news, Rebeckah, but sounds like he died doing what he loved. God rest his soul...

jennykate77 said...

That's really sad. I know when the Cubs lost Harry Caray, my husband and many other Cubs fans were devestated. People like Kalas and Harry Caray are hard to replace.

We love baseball! I'm sure you've already guessed that we're Cubbies fans. ☺

Much love♥

Edwina at The Picket Fence said...

Great to hear from you girl!!! This baseball news was very sad indeed. We love baseball here in Florida and our favorite team besides FSU baseball would have to be the NY Yankees

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

I love a good baseball game.
Harry will be missed for sure.

thezeninyou said...

So sorry to hear about that! May he rest in peace. I do like baseball. I am a die hard White Sox fan. I grew up on the South Side of's a part of me ;)

Marilyn said...

Aaww that is sad. I remember when Harry Cary died---never the same.

Martha (FL) said...

Very sad news about Harry Kalas. I don't think I really remember baseball before him!!! I do like baseball, don't watch it much on TV, but of course my team are the PHILLIES!!!

Grandma J mentioned Tommy Lasorda, did you know he was born in Norristown.

He And Me + 3 said...

That is very sad...we are Tiger fans. We love baseball.

Mental P Mama said...

I was so very sad when I heard this. What a wonderful man.

smiles4u said...

Sorry to hear this. I like baseball and I am a Minnesota Twins fan!

littletoesandcheerios said...

Oh, very sad. And for him to die right there in his favorite place.

Liz said...

We are not baseball fans so I have never heard of this person. Still sad though.