Monday, April 13, 2009

Harry Kalas

Very sad to hear that longtime Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas (above, second from right) died today.

It's very strange - I was just thinking about how I couldn't ever remember a time when Kalas wasn't the voice of the Phillies (he debuted in 1971, when I was six); one of the few remaining things in my life that had always been there.

Kalas was especially great when partnered with the late Richie Ashburn (above left). The duo had a laid-back style that is sorely lacking in broadcast teams today - especially on national broadcasts.

So happy that he was there to call the World Championship last year - the games just won't be the same without him.