Phillies Baseball Broadcaster Harry Kalas Dies

Longtime baseball broadcaster Harry Kalas collapsed prior to Monday's Washington Nationals home opener against the Philadelphia Phillies and died. Robert Siegel remembers Kalas, a well-known voice of the Phillies.

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ROBERT SIEGEL, host:

On a sad note, at the same ballpark today, a familiar voice fell silent.

(Soundbite of applause)

Mr. HARRY KALAS (Sportscaster): The Philadelphia Phillies are 2008 World Champions of baseball.

SIEGEL: Longtime Phillies announcer Harry Kalas collapsed in the broadcast booth before today's game, and died. Best known for his home run call, out of here, Kalas was part of the original broadcast team for the Houston Astros. But it was in Philadelphia, where he did play-by-play for 38 years, that he was truly loved.

The man known as Harry the K died this afternoon while preparing for yet another game. Harry Kalas was 73.

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