Remembering Harry Kalas – Phillies Nation

Remembering Harry Kalas

3451052833_824e04032e_oOn this day in 2009, Harry Kalas passed away. He was 73 and just about to call the Nationals home opener against the Phillies.

Living in DC at the time, I remember the day vividly. I had plans to go to the game that night, when I heard the news that Harry collapsed in the broadcast booth. He died shortly after. I still went to the game, not knowing what to except. The walk up to the park certainly felt different from other days. Fellow fans were wearing make-shift memorials on their shirts, many were crying, but all had empty looks on their faces, undoubtedly matching the emptiness that now exists in our hearts and ears.

But as sad as that day was, it’s hard not to remember Harry Kalas without a smile on your face. If Harry wasn’t providing the good times himself, he was usually part of it in some way – bantering with Whitey, calling a great moment in Phillies history, or simply his baritone voice in the background as you went about your evening. His greatness will live on forever.

Please enjoy some memories from our wonderful friend below and visit our Harry Kalas tribute page with many more.

Click here to play Harry Kalas calling Mike Schimdt’s 500th home run – 1987

Click here to play Harry calls the Phillies winning the 2008 World Series!



  1. Brooks

    April 13, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    This is not a great video but, the words say it all in light of what happened last night – thanks Harry.

  2. Mike

    April 13, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    It was a day game. He died almost immediately before the game. Word just started getting out in the park about 45 minutes before the game began.

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