It is with great sorrow that myphl17 reports, Harry Kalas, legendary announcer and voice of the Phillies, has passed away at the age of 73. Mr. Kalas was found unconscious during preparations for the today's game against the Washington Nationals home opener. He was rushed to George Washington University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 1:20 p.m. The cause of death is currently unknown.
"There are no words to express the sadness that the entire Phillies organization is feeling with the news about Harry's passing," said Phillies President and CEO, David Montgomery. "Harry was the voice of the Phillies, he he was also our heart and soul. He loved our game and called it like none other. The entire baseball world has suffered a great loss today.
Harry the K was the voice of the Philadelphia Philles for 38 years. From calling six National League Championships Series in his career to Mike Schmidt's 500th homer and most recently the 2008 World Series, Harry was a baseball idol.
Harry Kalas Memorial Tribute/ Harry Kalas Funeral Services
The Kalas family and the Phillies have announced that a memorial tribute for Harry Kalas will be held at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday, April 18.
An opportunity to pay respects to the Hall of Fame broadcaster will be given on a first come, first served basis to as many fans as possible from 8:00 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. At that time, all fans in attendance will be directed to seats for an on-field tribute that will begin at 1:00 p.m.
Additional information will be made public as details are finalized.
Funeral services and burial will be private and held early next week.
Harry Kalas Uniform Patches
Beginning tomorrow, players will wear HK uniform patches for the rest of the season. The black circular HK patch will be located on the front of the jersey in the area of the heart.
The Phillies return home on Friday night to play San Diego at 7:05. The Phillies will also pay tribute to Harry prior to the game. Fans are urged to arrive early. More details will be forthcoming.
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