The Phillies announced that they have lost their voice as Harry Kalas dies in Washington hospital hours before today’s game.

This was earlier posted on Phillies.com:

Phils broadcaster Kalas passes away

Long-time announcer collapses prior to Monday’s game

WASHINGTON — Long-time Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas died at 1:20 p.m. ET Monday, shortly after collapsing in the team’s broadcast booth before the scheduled series opener against the Nationals.

“We lost Harry. I’ve been 39 years with the Phillies and 39 years with Harry and, as I said in this clubhouse, we lost our voice today,” said team president and CEO David Montgomery at about 1:50 p.m. outside the team’s clubhouse. “He has loved our game and made just a tremendous contribution to our sport and certainly to our organization.”

The 73-year old Kalas was found in the team’s broadcast booth around 12:30 p.m. and was taken to George Washington University Medical Center. Team officials quickly cleared the locker room and talked with the Phillies.

Montgomery said he didn’t know the exact cause of death yet.

“I know that when they took him away that they were very concerned,” he said.

Kalas had been the team’s broadcaster for the past 38 years. Prior to that, he was a member of the Houston Astros’ broadcast team from 1965-70. He was inducted into the broadcaster’s wing of the Hall of Fame in 2002 and received the 2002 Ford C. Frick Award.

Montgomery said Monday’s game would be played, but that the Phillies were going to reach out to the White House and pass up Tuesday’s scheduled trip there.

H/T Phillies.com

Like a lot of Phillies’ fans, I grew up listening to both him and Richie Ashburn. Now they’re both gone. Goodbye, Harry, thanks for all those wonderful broadcasts, and I hope that Richie will be the first one there to meet you in broadcaster heaven. 

Excuse me, folks, but I need a hanky.

5 Comments

My husband just called to tell me this. I can’t believe it. So similar to the way Whitey died in New York without warning. There will never be another voice like Harry.
Sue
Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Kallas death. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and the Phillies Organization and their fans.

Julia
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Sue – Yeah, I’d thought the same thing when I saw the announcement on Phillies.com. Talk about lighting striking twice, even if it wasn’t in the same place, or in the same way. I grew up listening to both Harry and Whitey. Harry is so going to be missed.

Julia – Thanks. I’m sure that Harry’s family, especially his son, will appreciate it.

I just heard about Harry Kalas’ death. Very sorry to hear. Rest in peace–and as a defending WS champion! Praying for his family and Phillies fans. Tough week for baseball fans.

I have to agree with you there, a very tough week for baseball fans.

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