One of the greatest, if not the greatest voice in sports broadcasting, is gone. Harry Kalas of the Philadelphia Phils died Monday at the age of 73 after collapsing in Washington, DC where he was preparing for the afternoon game between the Phils and Nationals.
Kalas had one of the most distinctive and resonant voices in broadcasting. Along with his baseball duties, he worked for NFL Films and was the voice over on numerous commercials.
Notre Dame football fans remebered Kalas as the play by play voice of the Sunday morning football replays following Lindsay Nelson.
I remember one time that Kalas approached me at half time of the final home game of an Irish season and wanted to know how much he should tip the concession stand workers who were in the press box. I told Harry that a tip wasn't necessary that they worked for the chance to watch the game. Kalas was accustomed to the age-old rule in baseball that everyone who works in a press box received tips at the end of a season.
I saw Harry a few years ago after he had had eye surgery and he didn't look well. Several weeks later I was told by another baseball broadcaster that Kalas had rebounded and was back to his old self.
Harry Kalas was a throwback. He enjoyed the hell out of life and sometimes threw caution to the wind when it came to getting to bed early. Sometimes he didn't always take care of hmself, still his death at age 73 following a Wiorld Series title for his beloved Phils was a shock. He will be sorely missed.
What a set of pipes!