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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.
SPORTS
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.
NEWS
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.
SPORTS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
SPORTS
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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August 19, 2016 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
CHASE UTLEY'S homecoming ended much like it began: Most of the 29,187 at Citizens Bank Park rose and applauded when Utley led off the first inning for the Dodgers. He struck out Tuesday before hitting two homers, and his leadoff single Thursday sparked a three-run rally. And then Utley rose into the heavens (on the team plane to Cincinnati), his mythical powers manifested again. Really, this return was unlike any other; unlike anything imaginable. It was almost messianic, with a distinct Easter-ly feel about this visit, complete with a three-day element and Utley's infallibility.
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March 28, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Pete Mackanin and his staff sent Aaron Nola to a back field on Saturday morning as they entered the final process of one of their pressing roster decisions. The Phillies used nine relief pitchers in their 6-5 Grapefruit League loss against Detroit, which was made possible by Nola's appearance in a minor-league game. Each reliever tossed one inning as they made their pitch for a role in the bullpen. The team will use the rest of this week to select seven relievers before finalizing the roster Sunday.
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March 4, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Happens all the time, Mickey Morandini said. He'll be walking down the street, and it could be anywhere. Philadelphia, of course. That's easy and obvious. But elsewhere, too. Maybe in Williamsport, Pa., where he was the manager of the Phillies' single-A affiliate there in 2011. Maybe in Lakewood, N.J., where he managed in 2012 and 2013. Maybe in suburban Allentown or in downtown Reading. Morandini coached in both of those places the last couple of years. Maybe here, now that he's the Phillies' first-base coach.
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November 23, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The familiar sounds of a victorious team belting out "High Hopes" wafted through the ceiling vents from Temple's locker room next door. Where did that song come from? "I have no idea," Owls tailback Jahad Thomas admitted during a news conference, and that's no great surprise. Harry Kalas and the Phillies themselves singing the old tune favored by Kalas in celebratory moments is from a different era in this city's sports history. Hard to believe that Temple's 31-12 blasting of Memphis on Saturday could confirm that this Owls season has its own smaller place in local sports history.
NEWS
November 2, 2015 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Columnist
Only once did I ever worry for my safety as a Mets fan in Philadelphia. It was the day of the Phillies' 2008 World Series parade. Oblivious to the citywide party kicking off outside my front door, I wore, as I always did, my Mets ski cap on my way to work. Across the street, a big guy in Phillies gear with a woman on each arm spotted me. I'll never forget the look on his face - shock, turned to horror, turned to fury. He left the girls behind, sprinted through traffic to cross the street, and pointed his finger in my face.
SPORTS
August 21, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
EVERYONE KNOWS Chase Utley has uttered some memorable lines: "World [bleeping] champions," was the way he described his team to the tens of thousands who gathered at the parade for the Phillies in 2008. "Boo? [Bleep] you!" was his response to the jeering welcome he got at Yankee Stadium at the 2008 All-Star Game. But there have been some great quotes about Utley too. No one will ever top Harry Kalas' "Chase Utley you are the man!" But here are some other noteworthy quotes that have been said about Utley over the years: * Charlie Manuel: "You try telling Chase to take a day off and he has this look like you just killed his mother.
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July 28, 2015 | Daily News
PHILLIES FANS have on occasion stopped in their tracks and pointed to Chris Wheeler. They hesitate, then say: "Hey . . . hey, you're Harry Kalas!" To which Wheeler replies, "Now, that would be a big story. " Wheeler, a/k/a "Wheels," is recounting this yesterday, somewhere around the eighth hole at Blue Bell Country Club in Montgomery County, where he's playing a round of golf. He did color commentary and called play-by-play action for 37 years until 2013, when Comcast, in a $2.5 billion TV deal with the Phillies, dropped both Wheels and Gary "Sarge" Matthews.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
SPORTS
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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