Harry Kalas died today. The long-time broadcaster for the Philadelphia Phillies passed out in the booth before this afternoon’s game. He was to Philadelphia what Herb Carneal was to the Minnesota Twins. He also was the voice of NFL films.
Like Carneal before him, Kalas was one of the last great baseball broadcasters, the kind kids listened to on the fading-in-and-out AM radio after they were supposed to be asleep.
Kids don’t listen much to baseball on the radio anymore, and they usually go up to bed after mom and dad, anyway. The connection between the radio play-by-play person has mostly been lost, and many of them are recycled players anyway, not the person who spent time crafting his/her skills (Yeah, I’m talking about you, Ken Harrelson).
West Coast fans still have a legend. Vin Scully is still calling games for the Dodgers.
Update 5:43 p.m. – Another icon in baseball passed today. Mark Fidrych, one of the great characters of the game, was found dead under his pickup truck in Massachusetts.