It’s been a tragic opening week for Major League Baseball so far. First the Los Angeles Angels lost promising young pitcher Nick Adenhart in an auto accident after a drunk driver struck a car he was in after making a start on Thursday morning. And now comes the news out of Washington D.C. that long time Phillies play-by-play man Harry Kalas has died at the age of 73.
Kalas was in Washington with the Phillies for the Nationals home opener when he was found passed out in the broadcast booth and taken to the hospital. Details are still emerging on what happened, but all we know for certain at this point is that Kalas has passed away.
Philadelphia Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas is dead at age 73, team president David Montgomery said today.
The 73-year-old Kalas, known for his distinctive “Outta here!” call on home runs, was found by the Phillies director of broadcasting at about 12:30 p.m., Montgomery said.
I must say that ever since I started subscribing to MLB’s Extra Innings package on my television a few years ago, one of my favorite things to do was watch a Phillies game when they were broadcasting the Phillies feed. Kalas had one of those voices that’s instantly recognizable, and was a joy to listen to, even if I wasn’t a Phillies fan.
He will be missed by many, that’s for sure.