RIP Harry Kalas, The Voice Of Philadelphia Baseball

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The word was just sent out that my favorite announcer has passed away. This is the voice of baseball that I grew up with and I loved to hear his "It's Outta Here!" cries when the Phils will hit a home run. Rest In Peace, Harry and thank you for the memories.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Longtime Philadelphia Phillies
broadcaster Harry Kalas, who punctuated innumerable home runs
with his "Outta Here!" call, died Monday after being found in
the broadcast booth before a game against the Washington
Nationals. He was 73.
"We lost our voice today," team president David Montgomery
said, his voice cracking. "He has loved our game and made just a
tremendous contribution to our sport and certainly to our
organization."
Kalas was found by the Phillies director of broadcasting at
about 12:30 p.m. and taken to a local hospital, Montgomery said.
Kalas had surgery earlier this year for an undisclosed
ailment that the team characterized as minor. He looked somewhat
drawn last week as the Phillies opened the season at home.
Kalas joined the Phillies in 1971. Before that, he was an
original member of the Houston Astros' broadcast team from
1965-70. He also did voiceover work for NFL Films and for
commercials.
In 2002, he received the Baseball Hall of Fame's Ford C.
Frick Award for his contributions to the game.
Kalas joined the Phillies radio and TV broadcast team the
year the club moved into their former home, Veterans Stadium,
replacing fan favorite Bill Campbell.
He wasn't immediately embraced by Phillies fans, despite
being paired with Richie Ashburn, a Hall of Famer as a player,
and longtime announcer. But Kalas evolved into a beloved sports
figure in Philadelphia. He and Ashburn grew into a popular team,
and shared the booth until Ashburn's death in 1997.

AP's earlier story is below.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Longtime Philadelphia Phillies
broadcaster Harry Kalas has died at age 73.
Team president David Montgomery announced the death Monday
a short time after Kalas passed out in the broadcast booth
before a game in Washington against the Nationals.
Montogomery's voice was cracking as he said that "we have
lost our voice."
Kalas had been with the Phillies since 1971 and was known
for his distinctive "Outta here!" home run call.

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