Statement from Bud Selig

Here is a statement from MLB commissioner Bud Selig:

“Major League Baseball has lost one of the great voices of our generation. Harry Kalas was an outstanding ambassador for the game, first as an original member of the Houston Astros’ broadcast team in 1965 and, beginning in 1971, as the voice of the Philadelphia Phillies.

“Baseball announcers have a special bond with their audience, and Harry represented the best of baseball not only to the fans of the Phillies, but to fans everywhere. On behalf of all of Major League Baseball, I express my dearest sympathy to Harry’s wife, Eileen, and his three sons, Todd, Brad and Kane.”


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Harry Kalas, YOU are the man. You kept this organization together through good years and bad, collapses and comebacks.
You are responsible for making people of all ages feel like they’re actually at the ballpark.
My grandfathers died too young for me to remember them, but I always envisioned that they were just like you, Harry.
God bless you and may your rest in peace.

I feel horrible for the entire Kalas family, and his extended baseball family. Special thoughts and prayers for his son Todd who was supposed to celebrate the Rays home opener tonight.

As a long time Phillies fan I found myself fighting back tears when I heard the news. Re-watching the end of the World Series did not help that fact, but it did give me one more chance to hear a terrific man call a terrific game.

I didn’t bother holding back tears. Neither did my son. You can’t help it when you’ve lost someone you considered a member of the family. Even if it was just our baseball family.

I was lucky enough to meet Harry a couple of times. What you saw, was what you got.

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