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VeeckAsInWreck
04-13-2009, 12:42 PM
Legendary Phillies annnouncer and voice of the NFL has been taken to the hospital.

http://www.philly.com/philly/hp/sports/20090413_Kalas_passes_out__taken_to_hospital.html

My thoughts are with him.

soxinem1
04-13-2009, 12:56 PM
They said he collapsed right before taking the mike, and was found passed out. Man, I hope it is nothing serious, but I expect the worst....

palehozenychicty
04-13-2009, 12:57 PM
Legendary Phillies annnouncer and voice of the NFL has been taken to the hospital.

http://www.philly.com/philly/hp/sports/20090413_Kalas_passes_out__taken_to_hospital.html

My thoughts are with him.


That's terrible news. His call in the World Series clincher was great. :(:

VeeckAsInWreck
04-13-2009, 12:59 PM
The link I posted has been updated. It's official Harry Kalas has just passed away. :rip:

soxinem1
04-13-2009, 01:02 PM
What a shame. Condolences to the entire Kalas family.

Sockinchisox
04-13-2009, 01:03 PM
RIP Harry, a sad sad day for baseball fans. :whiner:

Kogs35
04-13-2009, 01:05 PM
RIP Harry you will be missed:whiner:

PKalltheway
04-13-2009, 01:08 PM
Wow....that's just really sad to hear....RIP Harry, we're gonna miss you. At least you got to call another Phillies world championship.:rip::whiner:

salty99
04-13-2009, 01:09 PM
Rip.

Soxfanspcu11
04-13-2009, 01:10 PM
I don't mean to sound insensitive but who is he?

Can someone fill Me in?

Thanks and I am sorry to hear this for his family, friends and fans. Sad news.

Jerko
04-13-2009, 01:10 PM
Farmio just announced it too. RIP

IspepAloc
04-13-2009, 01:15 PM
I don't mean to sound insensitive but who is he?

Can someone fill Me in?

Thanks and I am sorry to hear this for his family, friends and fans. Sad news.

He's most notable to me as the narrator/announcer on a lot of the NFL Films footage.

VeeckAsInWreck
04-13-2009, 01:16 PM
I don't mean to sound insensitive but who is he?

Can someone fill Me in?

Thanks and I am sorry to hear this for his family, friends and fans. Sad news.

Go to the 1:58 mark of this video and you may recognize his voice. In the offseason he was the voice for the NFL.


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gobears1987
04-13-2009, 01:22 PM
I'm watching my 85 Bears DVD tonight to honor him.

EuroSox35
04-13-2009, 01:22 PM
I went to ESPN.com to see if they had anything on the Dye/Konerko HR milestones and see this shocker, RIP

gobears1987
04-13-2009, 01:23 PM
He's most notable to me as the narrator/announcer on a lot of the NFL Films footage.No one could ever top Facenda, but Kalas certainly was the best man to step up after Facenda's death.

Sox
04-13-2009, 01:28 PM
oh no....how sad. My condolences to the family. :rip:

WhiteSox5187
04-13-2009, 01:29 PM
Tragic. RIP.

EuroSox35
04-13-2009, 01:37 PM
Their game starts in about a half hour, I'm guessing they'll still play, but it's gotta be very weird to have to call this game for the Phillies. The game must be the last thing on your mind...

michned
04-13-2009, 01:43 PM
Haven't read any of the obits yet but I believe Harry was a Wheaton native.

esbrechtel
04-13-2009, 01:50 PM
very sad...RIP

VenturaFan23
04-13-2009, 01:58 PM
How tragic. I loved his voice. RIP :(:

chisox77
04-13-2009, 02:29 PM
Harry Kalas may have been one of the best sports announcers out there. Terrific and distinct voice and very smooth. He was an Illinois native, just don't know what town he was from. God bless him and his family.

VeeckAsInWreck
04-13-2009, 02:30 PM
Here's the story from Yahoo! There's a mention of Harry falling in love with the game when his dad took him to see a game at Old Comiskey Park.

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news;_ylt=Aml3omsSDnm0xDyaVVUIDYs5nYcB?slug=ap-obit-kalas&prov=ap&type=lgns

EnglishChiSox
04-13-2009, 02:46 PM
Harry Kalas may have been one of the best sports announcers out there. Terrific and distinct voice and very smooth. He was an Illinois native, just don't know what town he was from. God bless him and his family.

Quite, he's probably one of two men you watch a baseball game just to listen to them call it. RIP.

thomas35forever
04-13-2009, 02:54 PM
The sports world just lost a great voice. I'll always remember him for his NFL Films work, but I liked his call that ended the World Series last year. RIP Harry.:(:

MeteorsSox4367
04-13-2009, 02:59 PM
In addition to his work with the Phillies and NFL Films, I also remember Harry Kalas doing Notre Dame basketball in the late 70s and early 80s.

RIP, Mr. Kalas. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Kalas' family.

illini81887
04-13-2009, 03:01 PM
Harry Kalas may have been one of the best sports announcers out there. Terrific and distinct voice and very smooth. He was an Illinois native, just don't know what town he was from. God bless him and his family.
Naperville, he graduated from that HS

Jjav829
04-13-2009, 06:52 PM
Damn, that's a shame. He had one of the best voices in broadcasting. I guess it's fitting that he died in the broadcasting booth.

RIP Harry Kalas

StillMissOzzie
04-13-2009, 11:59 PM
He's most notable to me as the narrator/announcer on a lot of the NFL Films footage.

Add me to the list of those who knew his voice as the NFL Films narrator long before I knew he was also the voice of the Phillies.

RIP, Harry. The sports world will miss you.

SMO
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nasox
04-14-2009, 12:02 AM
RIP. At least he went after calling a Phillies World Series win for the second time.

Hitmen77
04-14-2009, 11:37 AM
Naperville, he graduated from that HS

Here's a nice story that includes some talk about his Naperville days.

http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=286162

It says he graduated from "Naperville Community High School" in 1954. It is now called Naperville Central HS. I didn't realize he was from the area.

EastCoastSoxFan
04-14-2009, 12:56 PM
Not only one of the great announcers in all of sports; but by every account I heard while living in Philly, one of the all-around nice guys in all of sports...

thomas35forever
04-14-2009, 03:53 PM
I'm watching my 85 Bears DVD tonight to honor him.
In the '85 Bears championship video I have at home, when Kalas describes the team's blowout victory over the Redskins, he says the Bears were "Winning Crazy" while another recent Chicago sports team had been referred to as "Winning Ugly." Great stuff.

TomBradley72
04-17-2009, 10:32 PM
I attended the Phillies game tonight (in town on business, stayed an extra night to see the ballpark), and they had a great tribute to him throughout the evening: pre game video, his 3 sons throughout the first pitch to three Phillies, Schmidt, Kruk and Rollins. Then his son Kane, sang the national anthem...did an incredible job. For the 7th inning stretch, the whole sell out crowd sang "High Hopes" along with Harry on the video board (must have been one of his favorite songs?) and chanted "Har-ree, Har-ee" at the top of their lungs.

I didn't really know much about him, but to be part of that tonight was a great experience and he was incredibly loved in Philadelphia.

InKennyWeTrust
04-17-2009, 11:17 PM
The Philly CSN scoring bar has an HK symbol on the left side, like an armband. Pretty creative in my opinion.