Like Angels’ Adenhart, Phils Have Harry In Dugout

All season the Angels have hung the jersey of their fallen teammate, Nick Adenhart, in their dugout. Turns out the Philies have a similar tribute for the late Harry Kalas.

Harry Kalas White Loafers In Phillies Dugout Tribute

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See those white loafers behind Charlie Manuel from last night’s TBS NLCS telecast? Those belonged to Kalas, who was well known for his selection of bright footwear. (If someone sees Dick Williams or Marty Brennaman puttering around pregame tomorrow, keep an eye on them.)

Kalas’ trademark blazer is also in the dugout for every game.

Cowboys Scout Left Paralyzed From Tent Collapse

• The collapse of the Dallas Cowboys’ practice tent has caused scouting assistant Rich Behm (inset) to be paralyzed from the waist down.

Rich Behm Cowboys practice tent collapse

• The family of b-ball recruit Renardo Sidney were expecting to be paid big bucks for steering their star son toward USC.

• Rehab or TV reunion? Which one do you think Dennis Rodman chose?

• The banishment of TCU student reporter Brian Smith from Mountain West TV was actually the work of Horned Frogs head coach Gary Patterson.

• The best thing about being named NBA MVP? Getting a brand new Kia! LeBron James must be thrilled.

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Harry Kalas’ Last TV Commercial Before Passing

For those of us who don’t live in the Philadelphia area but still admired the work of the late, great Harry Kalas, here’s the final TV commercial the legendary Phillies broadcaster did before he passed away:

You might actually get a chuckle or two out of the spot - and soon have a hankering for some Super Pretzels. Available in your grocer’s freezer!

Week In Review: Harry Kalas, Mark Fidrych R.I.P.

• A sad way to start the baseball week: Phillies announcer Harry Kalas & former Tigers pitcher Mark Fidrych both pass away on the same day.

Harry Kalas Mark Fidrych

• But it was nice to see Brian Bosworth help save an Oklahoman’s life.

• Wedding bells have rung for a couple of tennis stars: Andy Roddick ties the knot with Brooklyn Decker, while Roger Federer marries his manager.

• Padres pitcher Heath Bell is p.o.’ed about ESPN’s overwhelming coverage of all things Yankees, Mets & Red Sox.

• That stinks: Dwight Howard has a passion for passing gas.

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Kalas’ Casket to be On Display at Phillies’ Ballpark

Legendary Phillies announcer Harry Kalas, who passed away on Monday after collapsing in the Nationals’ broadcast booth, will be given one more final tribute by the team he covered for so many years.

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ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio reports that Kalas’ casket will be put on public display at home plate at Citizens Bank Park. This Saturday starting at 8:45 a.m., fans will be able to file past and pay their respects to the beloved broadcaster. The public viewing will be offered for four hours, after which follows a memorial service.

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Phillies Should Have Taken Pause For Classy Kalas

I worked as a professional baseball announcer for nearly 10 years. Along the way, I met the late, great Harry Kalas on several occasions - in press rooms and at media conventions.

Harry Kalas

(Harry Kalas deserved better from Phillies and MLB)

I know I’m not alone in reporting that it was always a treat to cross paths with the man we all called the “voice of god.” Harry had little-to-no ego, was easy to smile, and always had time to talk to young announcers looking to glean some pearls about the broadcast biz - like me.

In his manner, Harry reminded me of Vin Scully. Stellar on-air work, but just as impressive away from the mic. Adored by all who knew them.

I wish I could tell you that there are a lot of guys like Harry and Vin in the baseball announcing business who are just as cool. But then I’d be lying. So finding out about his sudden, tragic death hit me harder than normal. He was a treasure. Irreplaceable.

Should the Phils have waited a day after Harry Kalas’ sudden death?

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That’s why I was somewhat surprised that the Phillies did not elect to postpone their against the Nationals today. Really, I don’t want to compare Harry to Nick Adenhart, but wasn’t it faintly ironic that the Angels postponed their game in honor of  the rookie Adenhart, but the Phils and Nats didn’t take a pause after losing a Hall of Famer of that magnitude?

Dave Montgomery? Stan Kasten? Bud Selig? Hello, anybody home?

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Sad Day As Harry Kalas, Mark Fidrych Pass Away

• Another sad day for MLB fans. Legendary Phillies announcer Harry Kalas dies after collapsing in the broadcast booth before a game vs. the Nats.

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And former Tigers pitcher Mark “The Bird” Fidrych dies while working underneath his pickup truck at his Massachusetts home.

Brian Bosworth: From Hollywood Harley DUI laughingstock, to home state hero after saving man’s life by performing CPR.

• Another dead goat is found hanging outside Wrigley Field. If it didn’t work in 2007, why would it work now?

Smokin’ Joe Frazier says God gave Muhammad Ali Parkinson’s disease.

• Masters winner Angel Cabrera owes his success to chewing gum.

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Mark “The Bird” Fidrych Crushed By Falling Truck

Talk about a depressing week for baseball fans. First Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart is killed in a car crash by a drunk driver leaving the stadium after a start; then early today we learned that legendary voice of Phillies Harry Kalas died after collapsing in the broadcast booth before a game. And now this: the BOSTON GLOBE is reporting that ’70s Tigers pitching phenom Mark Fidrych was killed today when he was crushed by a truck he was working on at his Northborough, Massachusetts, home.

Mark Fidrych

For people who are too young to remember, “The Bird” was the talk of the baseball world in the 1970s, winning the AL Rookie of the Year for the Tigers in 1976 after going 19-9 with a 2.34 ERA. But it wasn’t just Fidrych’s wins that made him special: it was how he got them. He was a fidgety, neurotic mess on the field, making Nomar Garciaparra’s pregame hitting routine seem … well, routine. He also showed a love for the game that bordered on childlike and endured him to millions of fans.

To see for yourself, check out this 1985 profile of Fidrych by Steve Stone after the jump:

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Phillies Announcer Harry Kalas Dead At Age 73

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.

Harry Kalas

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.

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Finally a Philly Celebration Video Worth Watching

Earlier today I posted this and this (and Barry posted this) of Philly fans making jackasses of themselves. Here’s something much cooler. Phillies Hall of Fame announcer Harry “Voice of God” Kalas calls the final out last night (that’s announcer Chris Wheeler flailing around in the background):

Kalas also called the Phils’ ‘80 World Series win over my Royals, and the ‘83 Series against Balto - kinda sorta. Read more…