Broadcaster Harry Kalas passed away suddenly today, passing out in the broadcasting booth at Nationals Park prior to the Nationals’ home opener against the Philadelphia Phillies. Kalas is justifiably being remembered primarily as the play-by-play voice of the Phillies, but he was equally memorable as one of the baritone voices of NFL Films. This video from NFL.com does an admirable job of recapping just a few of Kalas’ highlights in three and a half minutes.
I had hoped to find a video of Kalas calling one of the memorable Redskins victories — one of the Super Bowls, or that recent Monday night against Dallas — but most of the ones I could turn up were narrated by the possibly-more-baritone Earl Mann.
But another line item on Kalas’ resume is NFL radio play-by-play man for Westwood One, and he was on the mic (alongside color commentator Bob Trumpy) for one of the greatest games of Chris Cooley‘s pro career — the 35-7 destruction of the Cowboys from December 18, 2005, where Cooley caught three touchdowns.
Here’s the audio, courtesy of Westwood One’s audio vault:
A sad day for sports fans in Philadelphia and everywhere else; our thoughts go out to Kalas’ family and friends.
UPDATE: In a statement, NFL Films president Steve Sabol sums up Kalas’ importance to the NFL and its fans:
“His substance was his style. There was no shtick, just a steady blend of crisp articulation and resonance.
“In many ways, Harry is the narrator of our memories. His voice lives on not only on film, but inside the heads of everyone who has watched and listened to NFL Films.”
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