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Harry Kalas signs deal with Phillies

Postby WebHamster » Tue Feb 24, 2004 3:00 pm

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Legendary Philadelphia Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas has signed a three-year deal with the team.

Kalas, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2002, will return for his 34th season with the club. Kalas was the recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually for major contributions to baseball broadcasting.

"We're extremely pleased to have Harry back for three more years," said Rory McNeil, the club's director of broadcasting and video services. "I know we're all looking forward to that first 'Outta Here' call at Citizens Bank Park."

The Phillies will move into brand new Citizens Bank Park this season after 32 years at Veterans Stadium.

The 67-year-old has been a fan favorite in the City of Brotherly Love and across the nation. He has broadcast Phillies games since 1971, including 27 seasons with the late Hall of Famer, Richie "Whitey" Ashburn.

"We couldn't be more thrilled about the upcoming season and our TV lineup," McNeil added. "A full slate of televised games, heavy national network interest in the team, and an exciting ballclub all add up to a win for the fans."

Kalas got his start as an original member of the Houston Astros broadcast team in 1965, where he called games for them until 1970 before coming to Philadelphia. He has also broadcast Big Five basketball and Notre Dame football. Kalas currently tapes several programs for NFL Films, broadcasts Westwood One Radio Network football and provides voice-overs for numerous commercials.
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