High Hopes: Harry Kalas, Rest in Peace

Remembering a Philadelphia original.

By PW Staff
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After the Phillies won the World Series last fall, Hall of Fame announcer Harry Kalas jumped aboard the victory parade.

Photo by Flickr user The West End, under a Creative Commons license.

Harry Kalas, the Phillies radio announcer, died today after collapsing in the press box at Nationals Stadium in Washington. You can find a rolling list of Twitter tributes to Kalas here.

Kalas' death comes after the opening week of the 2009 baseball season -- and months after Kalas called the long-awaited Phillies World Series championship.

At the parade after, Kalas led celebration with a rendition of "High Hopes."

Kalas also received the 2008 David Henderson Humanitarian Award for his off-field work:

And Kalas always had time for the fans:

 Mostly, though, he'll be remembered for keeping Phillies listeners company for thousands of games and many years. Rest in peace, Harry.

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1. Satten said... on Apr 13, 2009 at 02:06PM

“Phillies games and NFL Films highlights will never be the same again.”

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2. Chris said... on Apr 13, 2009 at 02:16PM

“It's a shame to see him go. I don't think a Phillies game will ever sound as good. I'm just happy that he stuck around long enough for the championship rings.”

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3. grm1 said... on Apr 13, 2009 at 02:44PM

“Late summer Sunday afternoons on my back porch just won't be the same. Harry and Whitey together again..”


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