Crosscutters Remember Phils Broadcaster Kalas

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Williamsport – 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 appeared at the Williamsport Crosscutters Hot Stove Banquet the past three years entertaining fans with stories and signing autographs. “This is a tremendous loss to the Phillies family. Harry was a true broadcasting legend”, said Cutters Vice-President of Marketing Gabe Sinicropi.

“We felt so privileged to have him at every one of our Hot Stove events. No matter who else the Phillies brought to the dinner, Harry was the guy people were most excited to see. His presence was a large part of those dinners selling out every year.”

“Something I’ll never forget is how much he enjoyed talking to fans whether it was fans listening to him on radio and TV, a filled banquet hall, or even just one on one. He was never in a rush to leave our events. Phillies staff always had to usher him away from talking to fans and signing autographs to get him back on the bus to Philly. The Cutters send our most sincere condolences to his family and everyone affected in the Phillies family.”

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.

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