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Need a little Harry Kalas in your life?

“Harry Kalas: Voice of the Phillies,” a 21-track album first released on CD, is now available on iTunes and Amazon. The CD includes some of Kalas’ best calls, plus interviews with Kalas himself.

Pat Hughes, the voice of the Chicago Cubs on WGN Radio since 1996, narrates the 70-minute album.

“Harry Kalas was blessed with one of the most distinctive and unforgettable voices in broadcasting history,” Hughes said in a news release. “It’s understandable why fans still miss Harry so much. These recordings are the perfect way to remember and reconnect with such a beloved icon.”

The album also is available at Citizens Bank Park and It will soon be available at additional retail outlets in the Philadelphia area.


The Moyer Foundation will host “An Evening at the Ballpark” on May 17 at 6 p.m. in the Diamond Club of Citizens Bank Park. Jamie Moyer and Philadelphia celebrities will dinner to attendees, who will have the opportunity to bid on silent and live auction iteams.

The event has raised more than $1 million over the past four years.

All proceeds from the event will benefit The Moyer Foundation’s Camp Erin program, the largest national bereavement camp in the country for grieving children and teens.  Sponsorship opportunities, as well as tickets, are available.  For more information and to purchase tickets or become a sponsor, contact Katie Hamilton at 206.298.1217 or


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March 4 – Phillies 3, Yankees 2

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Roy Halladay looked like Roy Halladay in today’s 3-2 victory over the Yankees at Bright House Field.

He threw 24 pitches, 21 for strikes. He allowed no hits, no walks and no runs and struck out three in two innings. He looked good. Here is what Yankees ace CC Sabathia had to say about it:

“I think it will be a pretty easy transition for him,” Sabathia said. “He’ll like facing the 7-8-9 guys in the National League. The type of pitcher he is, I expect him to go out and be even better than he was with the Blue Jays.”

But are the Phillies better with Halladay instead of Cliff Lee?

“It’s kind of a wash, I feel like,” he said. “If they would have kept the two of them, they’re definitely the team to beat. If Cliff was over here, he’d say the same thing. They’re still a good team and the team to beat in the National League. I don’t think they’ve really lost anything.”


It’s the first spring without Harry Kalas. … Kyle Kendrick and Placido Polanco make their Grapefruit League debuts. … ranked baseball’s GMs.


Sergio Escalona blew a 1-0 run lead in the ninth, allowing four hits and two runs to hand the Yankees a 2-1 lead. But Brian Bocock singled and pinch-runner Quintin Berry scored on Paul Hoover‘s double in the botto of the ninth to tie the game. Hoover advanced to third on the throw home. Pinch-runner Dewayne Wise scored the winning run when Wilson Valdez singled off Yankees pitcher Wilkins Arias.


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Kalas CD Gets an Update

Thumbnail image for kalas 1.jpgLet’s take a short break from the Roy Halladay madness for a little Harry Kalas remembrance.

Two years ago I wrote a story for The Philadelphia Inquirer about a Kalas tribute CD that Cubs broadcaster Pat Hughes produced, wrote and narrated. Hughes recently updated the CD with Kalas’ calls from the 2008 World Series and playoffs.

“I was really impressed with it,” Kalas said in the 2007 story. “He was able to capture the passion of the Phillies fans, and the fact that we had some replays on there of some great moments in Phillies history, it was really something. I’m very honored by it.”

The CD can be found at

I figured it’s worth mentioning with the holidays around the corner. There’s a lot of good stuff on there. And it’s always good to hear HK again.


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Phillies-Rockies II

Thumbnail image for stairs 0412.jpgHey, it looks like a rematch.

The Colorado Rockies swept the Phillies in the National League Division Series in 2007, but the Phillies get another shot at Colorado this week when they meet again in the NLDS.

Game 1 is Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park.

“We kind of owe them something,” Charlie Manuel said yesterday. “[Rockies general manager] Dan O’Dowd is my former boss and a good friend of mine. Man, I’d like to beat him. I think we’ll be prepared. But I also think they’ll be prepared. They’ve got a lot of energy and they like to play. That’s why they’re where they’re at. That’s why they have such a big record ever since the first month of the season. They play like they just love to play baseball, and they go out there to beat you.”

The Phillies are 4-2 against the Rockies this season, but they have not seen them since Aug. 6 in Philadelphia. The Rockies were 59-49 at the time, but are 34-19 (.642) since for the best record in the National League and the second-best record in baseball.

The Phillies haven’t been in Colorado since April, when Matt Stairs capped a three-game series victory with a pinch-hit home run in the ninth-inning in a 7-5 victory April 12. It wasn’t just a memorable homer because Stairs won the game with a bomb to right-center field. It was memorable because it was Harry Kalas‘ last home run call. He died the next day in Washington.

The Phillies won the three-game series in August with the help from left-handers J.A. Happ, who threw a four-hit, 10-strikeout shutout, and Cliff Lee, who allowed one run and struck out nine in seven innings.


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A Weary Pen

madson 0616.jpgThe Phillies needed Cole Hamels to pitch deep last night at Citizens Bank Park.

Sure, they did not play Monday, but the bullpen had thrown 27 1/3 innings in the previous five games — thanks to three extra-inning games and a rain delay Saturday that knocked Antonio Bastardo out after the first inning. That is a sick amount of innings. And while some relief pitchers say they would rather pitch than sit and stiffen up, in the long term the bullpen needs a break.

But the Blue Jays made Hamels work. He threw 110 pitches in six innings, which meant the bullpen had to protect the 3-2 lead.

It couldn’t. It walked eight batters in four innings (one was intentional) in an 8-3 loss in 10 innings.

Chad Durbin walked one batter in the seventh. J.C. Romero walked the bases loaded in a scoreless eighth. Ryan Madson blew his first save since he replaced injured closer Brad Lidge. He walked two in the ninth, including walking in the tying run. Clay Condrey walked two in the 10th when the Jays scored five runs to take the lead.

The bullpen has not thrown fewer than 3 1/3 innings in a game since June 9 in New York when they threw 2 2/3 innings.

They have not thrown fewer than 2 2/3 innings since June 5 in San Diego.

That is a remarkable 43 2/3 innings in the previous nine games, or nearly five innings per game.

Tired pen?

“It’s hard to say,” Charlie Manuel said. “You walk a lot of guys that is a sign they might be a little tired. But that’s baseball. That’s no excuse. If we’re tried then we’ll get rest and come back and get ’em. That’s all. That’s all I’ve got to say about that.”


Fans can purchase the book Remembering Harry Kalas: Wonderful Stories from Friends Celebrating a Great Life exclusively through 571 Wawa locations throughout the Delaware Valley for $9.00 (retail is $24.95). Rich Wolfe is the lead author, but contributing authors include former Camden Courier-Post Phillies beat writer Mike Radano, former Courier-Post columnist Kevin Roberts and former Allentown Morning Call columnist Gordie Jones.

The book includes nearly 100 first-person stories about Kalas, including stories from Chase Utley, Shane Victorino, Pat Burrell and Larry Bowa.

I know Radano and Roberts well, and I know they were talking to a bunch of people, so there should be some good stories in there.

Wawa donated $10,000 to Phillies Charities.


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Schmidt: Kalas Big As Franklin, Penn

Mike Schmidt tried to put into words the impact Harry Kalas had on Philadelphia during his 39 years with the Phillies.

“Harry Kalas – he’s household,” Schmidt said “He’s a household name. He’s a guy they depended on for 40 years. I’m just a guy that played for 17 of them, just like all the other Phillies. We come and go. The guys there are here now they’re going to be gone. We’re all going to move on. Harry was just always here. He was always here for you.

“If you can look past Ben Franklin and William Penn, he may have been the greatest person to grace Philadelphia in the history of the city, when you think about it. As many lives as he affected over the time that he lived in Philadelphia, who would have had a bigger impact on the city? Who would have? If anybody can think of somebody I’m willing to hear it, but I don’t know.”


The Phillies just played a video recording of Kalas singing “High Hopes” during the seventh-inning stretch. Everybody sang along. A very cool moment, and it’s the kind of thing that could become a tradition in time if the Phillies choose to go that route.

Honoring the Legend

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It’s Harry Kalas Tribue Night, and so far it has been very impressive.

Harry’s signature is on the field. The TV broadcast booth has been renamed in his honor. The pregame ceremonies were great. A tribute video on the PhanaVision scoreboard in left field. Kalas’ sons – Todd, Brad and Kane – threw the first balls to Mike Schmidt, John Kruk and Jimmy Rollins, representing the last three decades of baseball with Kalas in the booth.

There was a moment of silence.

Kane sang the national anthem, with Rollins holding a pair of Kalas’ famous white shoes and Chase Utley holding Kalas’ powder blue sport coat.

The Phillies did a great job with it.


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Saturday's Kalas Tribute

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The Phillies and Harry Kalas‘ family have announced plans for Saturday’s Kalas tribute at Citizens Bank Park:

Beginning at 8:00 a.m., on a first come, first served basis, fans will have the opportunity to pay their respects on the field as they pass by Kalas’ casket, which will be located behind home plate. To accommodate as many fans as possible, the starting time of the memorial tribute program has been moved back to 1:30 p.m.

Fans will pass by the casket until approximately 12:45 p.m. at which time all persons in attendance will be directed to seats. Beginning at approximately 1:00 p.m., current and former players — some of whom are travelling great distances to be here to pay their final respects — broadcasters, front office employees, and friends and family members will pay their final respects before the on-field tribute begins at 1:30 p.m.

Fans will be directed to enter Citizens Bank Park through the Third Base Gate at Pattison Avenue and Citizens Bank Way and will be asked to leave the ballpark through the First Base Gate. Although fans are not being asked to bring flowers or other mementos, if they choose to do so such items should be left in the area of the Mike Schmidt statue prior to entry at the Third Base Gate.

Parking will be free. Fans are encouraged to park in the lots on the west side of the ballpark, located on the site of the former Veterans Stadium. Limited concession stands will be open.

All fans in attendance will receive a commemorative program, an 8″x10″ photograph of Harry and a poem written by him in 2002 as a fan tribute.


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Game Postponed, A Look at the HK Patch

hkpatch.jpgTonight’s Phillies game against the Nationals at Nationals Park has been postponed because of rain.

The makeup date will be announced in the coming days.

Phillies right-hander Joe Blanton will pitch tomorrow night in the series finale against the Nationals, meaning left-hander Cole Hamels, who had been scheduled to pitch tomorrow, will pitch Friday night against the San Diego Padres at Citizens Bank Park. Right-hander Shairon Martis will pitch for the Nationals.

Phillies catcher Lou Marson had been scheduled to catch tonight. It would have been his first start of the season and second of his career.


People have been asking how the broadcast schedule will work without Kalas. Here is what it looks like at the moment: Scott Franzke and Larry Andersen will be broadcasting all nine innings on the radio. Tom McCarthy will be doing play-by-play for all nine innings on TV. Chris Wheeler will provide color commentary for innings 1-3 and 6-9, and Gary Matthews will provide color commentary for innings 4-6.


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Friday Plans for HK

0414kalas.jpgThe Phillies have announced plans for Friday’s tribute to Harry Kalas, who died Monday at 73.

Fans are urged to arrive early for Friday’s game, when the Phillies play the San Diego Padres at 7:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park.

It will be the first home game since the Hall of Fame broadcaster death four days earlier.

The Phillies will honor their legendary voice prior to the game with several tributes:



  • The television booth in which Harry broadcast since Citizens Bank Park opened in 2004 will be named the Harry Kalas Broadcast Booth, “That ball’s outta here!” A plaque will be hung to officially name the booth.  The neighboring radio booth is named the Richie (“Whitey”) Ashburn Broadcast Booth, “This game’s easy, Harry.” 
  • The ceremonial first ball will be thrown by Harry’s three sons, Todd, Brad and Kane. 
  • Prior to the National Anthem, to be sung by Harry’s son Kane, there will be a moment of silence.
  • All fans will receive an 8″x10″ color photograph of Harry.
  • Harry’s signature will be displayed on the field during the seven-game homestand beginning on Friday.
  • Also for the seven-game homestand, a black drape will appear in front of the Phillies radio and TV booths and the Phillies flag in Ashburn Alley will be hung at half-mast.
  • A video of Harry’s career will be aired on PhanaVision.
  • During the seventh-inning stretch, a video of Harry singing “High Hopes” will be shown on PhanaVision. Fans will be encouraged to join in.

Other acknowledgements include:

  • During the first half-inning of the game televised by Comcast Network Philadelphia (formerly CN8), there will be no announcer commentary.
  • Throughout the remainder of the season, a billboard honoring Harry will be displayed on the outfield wall.
  • As previously announced, an HK patch will be worn on Phillies uniforms this season.  
  • Throughout the 2009 season, following every Phillies home run, Harry’s legendary “Outta Here!” home run call will be played over the PA system as the Liberty Bell lights up.


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