PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It’s been 10 years since the City of Brotherly Love lost Hall of Fame sports broadcaster, Harry Kalas. The beloved announcer passed away in the press box at Nationals Park prior to a game on April 13, 2009.
Kalas was the voice of the Phillies for 38 years, following the team through plenty of highs and lows.
His voice electrified every play he called and there was nothing better that hearing his famous line, “that ball is outta here!”
Today, as we remember the late Harry Kalas, we take you back to his top moments as the voice of the Phillies.
10. The first pitch
Following the 2008 World Series win, Kalas kicked off the 2009 season throwing the first pitch at Citizens Bank Park.
9. Ryan Howard goes deep three times
Ryan Howard hit his 50th, 51st, 52nd home run of the season on Sept. 3, 2006. He would go on to hit a career-high 58 home runs in the 2006 season.
8. No. 400 for Jim Thome
“Could it be?” Kalas calls Jim Thomes 400th career home run he hit off Jose Acevedo in the bottom of the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds on June 14, 2004.
7. Mitch Williams hits walk-off single
“This game is over on an RBI hit by Mitchy-poo.” This one will give you chills. Mitch Williams hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th against the San Diego Padres on July 2, 1993.
6. Harry Kalas addresses 9/11
After the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., Kalas welcomes us back to baseball with a heartfelt message.
5. Mike Schmidt’s 500th career home run
“There it is! Number 500.” Kalas calls Mike Schmidt’s 500th career home run on April 18, 1987.
4. “High Hopes”
To this day, the Phillies continue to play “High Hopes” after games at Citizens Bank Park.
3. Chase Utley gets a nickname
“Chase Utley, you are the man!” Kalas gives Utley a nickname that would stick through his career after he hit a bases-clearing double and then scored from second on a Ryan Howard groundout.
2. Kalas’ final home run call
On April 12, 2009, Harry Kalas called his final home run before passing away the following day.
1. The Phillies win the 2008 World Series
“Swing and a miss, struck him out! The Philadelphia Phillies are the 2008 world champions of baseball!” How could you forget this one? Brad Lidge closes out Game 5 of the 2008 World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays and the Phillies win the World Series.
The Phillies tell Eyewitness News that broadcasters will mention Kalas during the Phillies game Saturday against the Miami Marlins.