"We lost our voice today."
That's how Phillies team president David Montgomery described the death of Harry Kalas, an event that has rippled through the baseball world as news of his death has spread.
Kalas, 73, was found unconscious in the broadcast boot at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. before a game between the Nationals and Phillies. Kalas was taken to a D.C. area hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
After starting his broadcast career with the Houston Astros in their inaugural season of 1965, Kalas joined the Phillies in 1971 and had been the voice of the team ever since. In addition to working for the Phillies, Kalas was the voice of NFL Films and did NFL games on radio, in addition to various commercial voice-overs and television endeavors.
During the off-season, Kalas underwent what was described as minor surgery. The reason for the surgery was not announced and Kalas did not discuss the surgery.
Kalas may be best known for his pairing with Richie Ashburn, who was one of the most popular players and broadcasters in Phillies history. Ashburn passed away in September of 1997 prior to the start of a game with the Mets in New York.
Of his many calls, Kalas is best known for his distinctive "outta here" call on home runs.
"Players come and go, but 'Outta here!' - that's forever," said fellow Phillies broadcaster Scott Franzke.