- The Washington Times - Monday, April 13, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) - Longtime Philadelphia Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas has died at age 73.

Team president David Montgomery announced the death Monday a short time after Kalas passed out in the broadcast booth before a game in Washington against the Nationals.

Montogomery’s voice was cracking as he said that “we have lost our voice.”

Kalas had been with the Phillies since 1971 and was known for his distinctive “Outta here!” home run call.

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WASHINGTON (AP) _ Philadelphia Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas was taken to a hospital Monday after passing out in the broadcast booth before Monday’s game against the Washington Nationals, team president David Montgomery said.

“I think it’s serious,” Montgomery said. “Our thoughts and prayers are obviously with Harry.”

The 73-year-old Kalas, known for his distinctive “Outta here!” call on home runs, was found by the Phillies director of broadcasting at about 12:30 p.m., Montgomery said.

Kalas joined the Phillies in 1971. Before that, he was an original member of the Houston Astros’ broadcast team from 1965-70.

In 2002, he received the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award for his contributions to the game.

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