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Sean McCann
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Sean McCann

Former Philadelphia Eagles beat writer for Gannett

Harry the K, Philly's treasure first

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Harry Kalas was there for me one of the biggest days of my life, and for thousands of little days too.

A week before my ex-wife and I got married, her dad -- the biggest Phillies fan I ever met -- got it in his head that we had to have a recording of Harry introducing us to the world as a couple. It was extremely short notice, but the Phils happened to be at home. Somehow, my future ex-father-in-law got him a tape, which he filled with his magnificent voice, speaking our very own names.

There are thousands of stories just like that throughout the Philadelphia area. Though Harry Kalas wasn't a native of the city, he belonged to us, and to summer afternoons with the TV on mute and the radio turned up.

His voice would have brought a game of lawn darts to life, let alone weekly NFL highlights, but it was his predecessor at NFL Films, John Facenda, who was the 'Voice of God' in professional football. The fact that he could contribute memorably to two major sports is a testament to his monumental talent as a broadcaster.

But he died at the ballpark, preparing for today's Phillies broadcast. The NFL was lucky to rent his Hall of Fame pipes, but his work in baseball was a labor of love, both his and ours.

By Sean McCann  |  April 13, 2009; 9:05 PM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Rest in Peace

Harry "the K" Kalas
1936-2009

You weren't just the voice of the Phillies. You were the soundtrack of summer in the Delaware Valley...

You are loved and will be greatly missed.

Posted by: ChaoticCracker | April 15, 2009 2:01 PM

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