To the greatest announcer in sports history: we’ll miss you…
Harry Kalas, the Phillies’ long-time, Hall-of-Fame announcer, died today after collapsing in the broadcasting booth in Washington. He was 73 and one of the most beloved figures in Philadelphia sports history. The Phils have cancelled their Tuesday trip to the White House and, as of right now, are set to play a game (somehow) 20 minutes from now.
At least he was able to make this call last October, in what will, perhaps, go down as the most famous call in Philadelphia sports history:
UPDATE (3:30PM): You can find links to download a couple of Harry’s calls in last year’s World Series as ringtones and as .mp3’s in my World Series Ringtones post.
UPDATE 2 (1:00AM): I’ve been reading Harry tributes all day and night, and not only have I solved the mystery of the Phils’ cigarette smoking before today’s game, but I’ve almost certainly just read the best tribute yet. Kudos to Bill Lyon from the Inquirer for a superb homage to our hero.