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November 28, 1993 | By Terry Bitman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
OK, let's get started. I don't have all day, OK? This is Eagles Coach Rich Kotite and I want to tell you how funny Joe Conklin is. He's more laughs than my backup quarterbacks. Without question, OK? The guy's an impressionist around Philly, and he can do anybody. Not just me and Harry Gamble, but Don Knotts and Sylvester Stallone and Dick Vitale. Even John Facenda on the video of 1972 Eagles highlights - all two of them - for a team that went 2-11-1. That's worse than my team, without question.
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April 13, 2009 | Daily News Staff Report
WASHINGTON - Legendary Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas has died. He was 73. "We lost our voice today," team president David Montgomery said. "He knows the game and made a tremendous contribution to the sport and to our organization . . .  "Anybody who has played for us, it's an immediate point of connection with the club. He is the Phillies. " The Phillies were told the news at 1:20 p.m. Montgomery described the team as "stunned. " Kalas collapsed in the press box and was was found at about 12:30 p.m. by Rob Brooks, the Phillies' director of broadcasting.
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December 30, 2009 | By PAUL HAGEN, hagenp@phillynews.com
APRIL 13, 2009 started out like any other early-season baseball day. Overcast. Damp. Chilly. Harry Kalas boarded the team bus, just like he had thousands of times before. When he got to Nationals Park he went to the clubhouse, just like he had thousands of times before. He went from there to the broadcast booth, the one in Washington with a clear view of the U.S. Capitol, to begin preparing for that day's game. Just like he had thousands of times before. Then suddenly, shockingly, tragically everything changed.
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April 15, 2009 | By A.J. THOMSON
AMID the familiar music of the ice-cream man, kids playing in the street and the other sounds of summer in and around Philadelphia, many people brought along a couple of friends to keep them company on nights when they went out to sit on their steps or in their backyards. Harry Kalas and Richie Ashburn dropped into the neighborhood each night and on Sunday afternoons, giving folks a couple of hours of baseball and conversation. Though it's played without a clock, much of baseball lends itself to time and conversation.
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April 15, 2009
Fans can pay their respects to Hall of Fame broadcaster Harry Kalas in a viewing from 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Saturday at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies plan an on-field tribute at 1 p.m. Funeral services and burial will be private and held early next week. The Phillies also will pay tribute to Kalas on Friday before their home game against San Diego at 7:05 p.m.
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April 24, 2009
MY HUSBAND and I both sat crying Saturday afternoon as we watched the coverage of Harry Kalas' memorial at Citizens Bank Park. Sitting there watching and listening, I realized that to us, to a generation of fans, Harry wasn't just the voice of Phillies baseball, he was all that we had ever known baseball to be. To us, his voice was as much a part of the game as the players, the field, the bat and the ball. Throughout the years many things have changed - players, managers, stadiums - but not Harry.
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April 14, 2009 | the Daily News
Mayor Nutter: "The one absolute constant with the Philadelphia Phillies was Harry Kalas ... My expectation is for a long, long time we will continue to hear the voice of Harry Kalas in a number of different ways. " Joe Paterno: "Harry did a wonderful job for Philadelphia in everything he did. He was fair in his reporting and enthusiastic about the games he covered. He was a class act, one of the greats in his profession, and will be missed. " 'Action News' anchor Jim Gardner: "For me, he was the voice that meant the Phillies.
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April 13, 2009 | By Jim Salisbury, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
WASHINGTON - Just before noon today, Harry Kalas got off the Phillies team bus and walked into the visiting clubhouse at Nationals Park. As always, Kalas said something nice to everyone he encountered, then stopped, pulled out a pen and wrote down the lineup which had been posted on the wall. Lineup in hand, the Hall of Fame broadcaster rode the elevator to the press level and began preparing for a 3 p.m. game between the Phillies and Washington Nationals. He never got to call the game.
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April 21, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff
NEW YORK GIANTS offensive tackle Justin Pugh , originally of Bucks County, returned to the Keystone State this weekend to give some love back to his hometown. The 2013 NFL first-round draft pick, standing at 6 feet 4 inches and hailing from Holland, Pa., donned his best black tie for the Autism Cares Foundation's sixth annual Gala and Silent Auction. It was Saturday at the Spring Mill Manor, in Ivyland, about 25 miles north of Philadelphia. "I am fortunate life has been good to me, and I would like to give back to the Bucks County community that has always supported me," Pugh said.
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March 16, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Jeff Francoeur had taken his final swing during pregame batting practice exactly at 10:30 Wednesday morning, and he was already jogging out to right field when Bright House Field opened to the public for the Phillies' 1 p.m. game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Whenever the Phillies sling open the park's gates, a recorded greeting narrated by Harry Kalas welcomes fans, and Randy Newman's soaring overture from the film The Natural kicks on over the sound system.
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February 26, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - There's not a player or coach in Phillies camp, Ben Davis said, who does not think the team can be successful this season despite being widely predicted to finish last in the National League. "Baseball players are just built differently," said Davis, who is entering his first season as one of the team's broadcasters. The former second overall draft pick from Malvern Prep makes his broadcast debut March 3 when the Phillies host the New York Yankees in the Grapefruit League opener.
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October 8, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
THE CONVERSATION wouldn't end. That's what the 10-year-old next to me was thinking. The mission to the local 7-Eleven had been a success, the Slurpee procured, but this endless conversation with this older, friendly face - this had not been anticipated. "You know that report you just did on Wilt Chamberlain?" I asked the boy, finally. "Remember that radio broadcast you found?" The kid nodded. "This is Bill Campbell," I said. "He was the announcer on that broadcast. " There are memories of your children that you will take to the grave.
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October 8, 2014 | By Stan Hochman, Daily News Staff Writer
WILT SCORED 100 against a dreadful Knicks team with 4,124 rattling around Hershey Sports Arena. Lots of them splattered onto the court before the game ended, knowing 100 had never been done before and might never be done again. Bill Campbell was the radio voice that night. "In to Chamberlain," he said. "He made it! He made it! He made it! A Dipper dunk! He made it! The fans are all over the floor. They've stopped the game! People are running out on the court. One-hundred points for Wilt Chamberlain.
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October 6, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
DAVID MONTGOMERY remains on medical leave after battling cancer early in the 2014 season, the Phillies announced yesterday morning, rebutting a report that the team president and CEO had been "pushed out" by ownership. Montgomery is expected to resume his role atop the organization when his health enables him to do so. This isn't news - the team said the same thing when Montgomery, who had surgery for cancer in May, took a leave of absence Aug. 28. But the Phillies felt the need to reiterate Montgomery's status following a news report Thursday that the team president had been "pushed out. " Fox 29's Howard Eskin ended his station's 5 p.m. newscast by reporting that the medical leave had been a "convenient story" for the ownership to deal with Montgomery.
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September 11, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
The broadcasting duo of Harry Kalas and Richie Ashburn is arguably the most popular in Philadelphia sports history. Now you can help the late Ashburn, a Hall of Fame player with the Phillies, receive the most prestigious broadcasting award in baseball. Ashburn is among the 42 candidates eligible to receive the Ford C. Frick Award from the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Beginning this week through Sept. 30, fans can help Ashburn's case by voting on the museum's Facebook page ( www.facebook.com/baseballhall )
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July 3, 2014 | By Stan Hochman, Daily News Staff Writer
JAYSON STARK is a gold digger. A throwback, '49er kind of gold digger. Totes an imaginary pickax into the craggy landscape of a baseball clubhouse, sifts what he pokes loose, sloshes it around in his sluicing pan until he hears something rattle, something solid, something unique and bright and shiny. "I am always looking for that nugget," he says proudly. Stark did 21 years of hard time here, covering baseball for the morning paper. Made the move to ESPN, the worldwide leader, in 2000.
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April 15, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
A single rose decorated the broadcast booth named in honor of Harry Kalas at Citizens Bank Park. Sunday - a gorgeous, summerlike spring day - marked five years since Kalas' death, and you could almost hear his voice in the eighth inning when Chase Utley delivered a 4-3 Phillies victory over Miami. Kalas dubbed him The Man in 2006, and not much has changed, even after knee problems threatened the second baseman's career. Utley's solo homer in the eighth Sunday sealed a series sweep of the Marlins.
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February 26, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - It wasn't as important as the signing of A.J. Burnett or the news that Cole Hamels would be a little bit behind in this spring-training camp because of shoulder tendinitis. Make no mistake, however, people do care about who is going to be in the broadcast booth through the course of a 162-game baseball season. They care so much that the Phillies broadcast duo of Harry Kalas and Richie Ashburn became known simply as Harry and Whitey, legendary voices that had an impeccable rapport, a perfect sense of timing, and an even better sense of humor.
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