Apr 13, 2009 2
Just wanted to chime in today on the death of broadcasting legend Harry Kalas.
Although I’ve worked for Comcast Sportsnet, the broadcast partner for the Phillies, for seven years, and even worked at NFL Films, where Kalas also worked, I’ve never met the man. But that doesn’t mean I don’t know him. Living in the Philadelphia area for all but seven of my years, I grew up and grew older with Kalas, and I knew him. So did everyone else.
When I was a very young, before the internet and, hell, before cable TV, there wasn’t much for a young kid to do in his room late at night other than listen to ball games on AM radio, and I spent a lot of time listening to Kalas call Phillies games from about 1978-1983. Being a Dodger fan, I always stayed up late for the broadcasts when they played in LA, even on a school night. It was fantastic. The only time I ever rooted against the Phils is when they played the Dodgers. Otherwise, I ignored my general (but not total) dislike for Philadelphia fans and rooted for what Harry was rooting for because he was so likable and so memorable. [...]