Kalas remembered for courtesy, modesty, shocked members of the Crosscutters staff

WILLIAMSPORT — The sudden death of legendary Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas on Monday afternoon in Washington, D.C., shocked members of the Williamsport Crosscutters staff.Kalas was an honored guest at the team’s annual Hot Stove banquet for the past three years.

The Crosscutters are the Phillies’ Williamsport-based short-season Class A minor league team in the New York-Penn League.

“I think he was the most popular guest at the dinner, where fans get to meet some of the Phillies,” said Gabe Sinicropi Jr., the Crosscutter’s vice president of marketing. “This year, Kalas brought the World Series trophy with him, but he was still the big draw. He was the one people wanted to see and meet. I believe Harry was the reason the banquet sold out all three years he was there.”

Sinicropi said he’d never met anyone so famous and yet so humble.

“Harry always had a smile on his face. He loved to talk to people,” Sinicropi said. “We’d have to usher him away from the fans after the dinner. Buses were waiting to take him home to Philadelphia, but he wouldn’t stop giving autographs. He never gave the fans the bum’s rush. He would talk to you like there was no one else in line.”

The last time Sinicropi saw Kalas was this year in Florida.

“Everybody knew he had health problems of some kind,” Sinicropi said. “But I saw him at spring training, heard him calling games. And he sounded like the same old Harry. Always professional. He never missed a beat when a game was in progress.”

Sinicropi said that when the staff heard about Kalas, they were overwhelmed with grief.

“His death came as a shock to all of us here who knew him. It’s a great loss to the Phillies family,” he said.

Source: The Daily Item

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