Known for movies

Short Info

DiedApril 13, 2009, Washington, D.C., United States
SpouseEileen Kalas
MarkKnown for home run call, "That ball's outta here!"
FactNarrator for NFL Films from 1975 until his death..

Harry Kalas was an American sportscaster. He was the lead play-by-play announcer for Major League Baseball’s Philadelphia Phillies from 1971 until his death in 2009.

Kalas was born in Chicago, Illinois, on March 26, 1936, the son of a Greek immigrant father and a Swedish-American mother. He grew up in Naperville, Illinois, and graduated from Naperville High School in 1954. He then attended the University of Iowa, where he studied broadcast journalism and played football as a linebacker.

Kalas began his broadcasting career in 1961, calling play-by-play for the Hawaii Islanders minor league baseball team. He then spent several years calling minor league games for various teams before being hired by the Houston Astros in 1965. He called Astros games for three years before moving to the Philadelphia Phillies in 1971.

Kalas was the voice of the Phillies for nearly 40 years. He called some of the most memorable moments in Phillies history, including the team’s first World Series win in 1980 and their second World Series win in 2008. He was also known for his signature “Outta here!” call when a Phillies player hit a home run.

Kalas died of a heart attack on April 13, 2009, at Citizens Bank Park, the home of the Phillies. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. His son, Todd, is also a sportscaster and currently calls play-by-play for the Houston Astros.

Kalas was married to his wife, Eileen, for 41 years. The couple had three children: two sons, Todd and Brad, and a daughter, Kane.

General Info

Full NameHarry Kalas
DiedApril 13, 2009, Washington, D.C., United States
ProfessionSports commentator
EducationUniversity of Iowa, Naperville Central High School, Cornell College


SpouseEileen Kalas
ChildrenTodd Kalas, Kane Kalas, Brad Kalas


AwardsFord C. Frick Award
MoviesExpress: Aisle to Glory
TV ShowsPuppy Bowl, NFL Films Game of the Week, This Week in Pro Football

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#Marks / Signs
1Known for home run call, "That ball's outta here!"


1Inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame in 2004 (charter class).
2Started in the broadcast booth for the Houston Astros in 1965 and joined the Phillies broadcasting team in 1971. He shared the microphone with Hall of Fame outfielder and Phillies great Richie Ashburn, who became Kalas' best friend, for 26 seasons.
3Has three sons. Todd (1965- ) is currently a broadcaster for the Tampa Bay Rays, and has also worked for the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies. Brad Kalas (1968- ) is an actor. Youngest son, Kane (1989- ).
4Recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award (presented to a broadcaster for major contributions to baseball by the National Baseball Hall of Fame) in 2002.
5Narrator for NFL Films from 1975 until his death..



Puppy Bowl IV2008TV MovieAnnouncer
Dilbert2000TV SeriesAnnouncer
Express: Aisle to Glory1998ShortNarrator (voice)
Centennial: Over 100 Years of Philadelphia Phillies Baseball1986VideoNarrator
The Bear1984Commentator
We Are Family1983TV MovieNarrator


Prime 92010TV SeriesHimself
Puppy Bowl V2009TV MovieHimself - Announcer
The Life of a Coaches Wife2007TV Movie documentary voice
The Palestra: Cathedral of Basketball2007DocumentaryHimself (voice)
Puppy Bowl III2007TV MovieHimself - Announcer
ESPN 25: Who's #1?2006TV Series documentaryHimself
The Top 5 Reasons You Can't Blame...2005TV SeriesHimself
Cathedrals of the Game2004TV Series documentaryHimself - Broadcaster
The Complete History of the Philadelphia Eagles2004Video documentaryNarrator (voice)
2003 New England Patriots: Super Bowl XXXVIII Champions2004Video documentaryNarrator (voice)
High Hopes: The Anatomy of a Winner2003Video documentaryHimself - Philadelphia Phillies Broadcaster
2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Super Bowl XXXVII Champions2003Video documentaryNarrator (voice)
A Tribute to Our Heroes2001Video documentary shortHimself
ESPN SportsCentury2000TV Series documentaryHimself
1985 Aloha Bowl1985TV MovieHimself - Play-by-Play Announcer
1982 Liberty Bowl1982TV MovieHimself - Play-by-Play Announcer
1982 Aloha Bowl1982TV MovieHimself - Play-by-Play Announcer
1981 Liberty Bowl1981TV MovieHimself - Play-by-Play Announcer
The Mike Douglas Show1975TV SeriesHimself - Sportscaster
NFL Films Presents1967TV Series documentaryNarrator (voice)
This Week in Pro Football1967TV SeriesHimself - Substitute Co-Host

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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