Legendary Phillies Broadcaster Harry Kalas Dies at 73

joel kirsteinCorrespondent IApril 13, 2009

Legendary Philadelphia Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas died today prior to the home opener of the Washington Nationals. Kalas was 73. He was discovered passed out at 12:30 p.m. in the broadcast booth at Nationals Park and rushed to a local area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Kalas had been the voice of the Phillies since 1971 and was one of the most recognizable voice talents in the broadcast industry for the past five decades. Prior to the Phillies, he was the broadcaster for the Houston Astros from 1965 to 1970.

In 2002, Kalas received the Baseball Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award for his broadcasting contributions to the game and was inducted into the Hall. Kalas paired with Richie Ashburn, a Phillies Hall of Famer as a player and longtime announcer, until Ashburn passed away in 1997. 2009 marked Kalas's 43rd year as a Major League broadcaster.

Kalas did numerous commercial voiceovers for many movie trailers, Campbell Soup, NFL Films, and Animal Planet, amongst a multitude of others over the past many decades. His signature home run call—"Outta here!"—will be missed by both Phillies fans and Harry Kalas fans everywhere.