Harry Kalas - American Sportscaster

Harry Kalas - Media

Harry Norbert Kalas was born in 1936 in Naperville, Illinois, but became the beloved voice of the Philadelphia Phillies from 1971 until his death in 2009.

He was a long time resident of Media and made his mark in Delaware County as he did with fans throughout the Philadelphia region.

Kalas graduated from the University of Iowa in 1959, was drafted into the US Army and stationed in Hawaii, and after discharge began calling minor-league game baseball games for the Hawaii Islanders team.

He made his major-league debut in 1965 with the Houston Astros and called the first game at the Astrodome in 1965. In 1971 Kalas came to Philadelphia as the replacement for Bill Campbell, calling the first game at Veterans Stadium. He also called the last game at Veterans Stadium in 2003 and the first game at Citizens Bank Park in 2004.

Kalas also worked with NFL Films following the passing of John Facenda.

Harry Kalas received many awards throughout his lifetime including the Ford C. Frick Award from the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Person of the Year by the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia in 2004. He was also inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. Only 21 others have received this distinction.