Monday, April 13, 2009

Here Come The Tears

About 10 minutes ago, Todd Zolecki reported on his Twitter page that Hall-of-Famer broadcaster and a personal hero of mine Harry Kalas has passed away at the age of 73. I grew up listening to Harry & Whitey call Phils games, and I can honestly say I'm crying right now with the news of his death. Rest In Peace Harry, all of Philly loves you!

In case you need to hear Harry one more time...


~Carson

37 comments:

GM-Carson said...

Wow, this is unbelievable. I expected him to live forever, to be around calling games when my kid had kids. I love you Harry!

The Total Package said...

A terribly sad day. I learned baseball listening to Harry and Whitey at night on the radio...back in the days before cable channels like Comcast carried every Phillie game. A radio on the porch on a hot summer night while playing wiffle ball in the yard with the other kids in the neighborhood was the best. Listening to the game on the radio is still my preferred way to take in a game (other than in person, of course) but I doubt that it will ever be the same without Harry.
Rest in Peace Harry.

GM-Carson said...

My childhood has officially died today.

Aaron said...

I feel like my dad just died
Rest in Peace Harry.

Mike said...

I can't believe it. I've spent my whole life listening to Harry. Numb.

GM-Carson said...

I've had tears welling up in my eyes with goosebumps ever since I heard the news. It just doesn't seem real, I don't want it to be real.

Joanne said...

I agree with ...all of this. Harry's the only voice I've ever heard, and I feel like I just lost a family member. I'm glad he was at work, doing what he loved, and that he wasn't alone. So soon after Adenhart...what a sad time for baseball. I'm glad he got to call the WS, and I'm glad he got to see the win...

Sorry to ramble. I'm alone and kind of heartbroken and shocked right now. RIP, Harry.

GM-Carson said...

Joanne- I'm going to add the final World Series out call from Harry to this post, it'll be good to hear his voice.

Joanne said...

Thanks, Carson. I'll save that one if it's enabled. Can anyone make that into an mp3? I know someone did with ChUtley's campaign speech.

Joanne said...

Campaign? Parade. Geeze. I can't even think.

Brad said...

Best broadcaster in all of sports. He will be missed.

GM-Carson said...

They are playing the game today. How the hell can any of the Phils broadcasting crew even pretend to want to do this game? Maybe they should just use the Nationals crew today, or go with no play-by-play and just let streaming video of the game roll.

From the Zo Zone: He had been a broadcaster for 43 years, the past 38 with the Phillies beginning in 1971. He was inducted into the Nationall Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002 as the annual Ford C. Frick Award winner.

Joanne said...

Carson, I think they should do it. The Angels played the other day, I think the announcers should do this as a tribute to Harry.

Jacobin said...

Wow, this one hurts. Harry was calling Phillies games longer than I've been alive (I suspect longer than most of us have been alive). The games aren't going to be the same. With Whitey having passed in 1997, Heaven has quite an announcing tandem today. I'm having a really hard time coming to grips with this.

dr. steve said...

Fuck you all. And this game should be completely silent. Fuck this talking.

BenJah said...

really sad day

i agree: they should have broadcasted it without a commentator

at least harry got to see the phils win one....here i was thinking it was important to ME.

furiousBall said...

very sad, game definitely won't sound the same.

that said, the man had a great life, he got to see the Phils win one more WS, and his last call of a Phils hit - that game winning HR by Matt Stairs Sunday

we'll miss ya Harry the K

C.M.R. said...

he was the only voice of baseball :(

GM-Carson said...

Phils bats are doing their part to try and win it for Harry, now if only Moyer would pitch effectively.

njh723 said...

is anyone listening to/watching the game back near philly? is it just silence or whats going on?

we'll miss you harry

GM-Carson said...

I'm watching the game and Wheels & Company are doing a fine job holding it together, although Wheels admittedly can't stop thinking about Harry.

Jacobin said...

I'm listening on the radio. Scott Franzke was breaking up quite a bit in the first inning. It's been a pretty somber broadcast so far.

mme36 said...

I'll never forget all the Summer nights when I was a kid, lying in bed with my transistor radio between my ear and the pillow, listening to Harry. Summer won't be the same without his voice. I'm just so glad he got to call the final out of the W.S. last year. Harry was a total class act and will be terribly missed. Love you Harry!

njh723 said...

hey do you listen to 1210? i can't get the game online

GM-Carson said...

I remember being at the park the day they honored Harry Kalas at the Vet. Scott Rolen opened the Corvette car door after Harry's lap around the field. He then sang "High Hopes", his patented song...I miss you Harry!

Joanne said...

I am much preferring Franzke and LA to the tv broadcast.

4th inning on the radio. :(

GM-Carson said...

I never saw an inning like the one the Gnats outfielders just had. All three outs they made were on deep shots that ended up being really good plays. Phils didn't get any runs out of that inning, but could quite possibly still be batting if not for Milledge and Dukes' efforts.

njh723 said...

did you guys see vic pointed up at the press box after he hit his homerun?

im gonna be furious if we dont win this game

GM-Carson said...

Not to be lost in all of today's emotions is the fact that Jamie Moyer has looked absolutely horrible this spring and so far through 2 starts this season. He is 46 after all.

Amanda said...

Hard to believe. Listening to games is never goin to be the same.

RIP Harry, YOU are the man.

Mr Loom said...

high hopes...

GM-Carson said...

Whoops, there goes another rubber tree plant...

Jacobin said...

It's a win in the standings, but today was a huge loss. God Bless ya Harry.

GM-Carson said...

Holy crap Lidge, no need to make it so interesting.

Phils on the winning side of things; no looking back now.

Mr Loom said...

let us not forget the puppy bowl!

dr. steve said...

At the end of every game, someone still has to say "Good ____ Everybody". I especially loved when games went past 12 and he'd say Good Morning, even though it was only technically morning and very much still night.

I also think we should end any Phillies win with "That's how Harry would have wanted it." Because it is. And, minus Brad Lidge's mishap, today's Phillies win is how Harry would have wanted it.

(We should also have a parade for him. But a somber one. So not really a parade.)

GM-Carson said...

I think upon return to CBP, they should have drinks on the house for fans 21 and over at Harry the K's.