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Harry Kalas Tribute: Thanks for the Memories (1936-2009)

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Uploaded on Apr 13, 2009

Harold Norbert "Harry" Kalas (March 26, 1936 - April 13, 2009) was an American sportscaster, best known for his Frick Award-winning role as lead play-by-play announcer for Major League Baseball's Philadelphia Phillies. For professional football, he served as a voice-over narrator for NFL Films, a regular feature on Inside the NFL and called NFL games for Westwood One radio.

While initially meeting with a lukewarm reception due to his replacement of the popular Campbell, Kalas soon won the hearts of Phillies fans with his easy-going style, his mellow, baritone, leathery voice (which rose to great excitement upon great plays on the field or Phillies' home runs, especially in key situations), his love of the game and also his accessibility to Phillies fans, for whom he professed a strong love.

On April 8, 2009, five days before he would die in Washington D.C., the Phillies honored Kalas by having him throw out the first pitch before a game against the Braves. The first pitch was part of the pre-game ceremony in which the Phillies received their 2008 World Series Championship Rings.

Harry you will be missed forever Thanks for the Memories

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