Farewell, Harry Kalas, Voice of NFL Films

A legend died today.

Harry Kalas, the voice of NFL Films and longtime Philadelphia Phillies broadcaster, died Monday. He was 73.

Kalas, who punctuated innumerable home runs with his “Outta here!” call, died after being found passed out in the broadcast booth before a game against the Washington Nationals.

“We lost our voice today,” Phillies president David Montgomery said, his voice cracking. “He has loved our game and made just a tremendous contribution to our sport and certainly to our organization.”

Kalas was discovered by the Phillies director of broadcasting about 12:30 p.m. and taken to a local hospital, Montgomery said.

Kalas had surgery earlier this year for an undisclosed ailment that the team characterized as minor. He looked somewhat drawn last week as the Phillies opened the season at home.

Kalas was a long-time NFL broadcaster for Westwood One and was a voice-over narrator for NFL Films. Football fans might also remember him as the voice of “Alcoa Fantastic Finishes” features during NFL telecasts years ago.

I do remember those Fantastic Finishes!  Maybe I’m giving away my age here but they were something to behold.

Sure, we have our little show here but Kalas was a voice you could immediately recognize and one I personally wish I coudl emmulate.

We’ll miss you Harry!

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