Harry Kalas, the greatest broadcaster I ever heard, passed away today before the Phillies game. He did the announcing for more games that I heard and watched than I can remember.
Kalas started broadcasting for the Phillies a few weeks before I was born. He is best known for his home run call ("That ball is outta here") and his strike out call ("STRUCK him ouuuut") and for his voiceovers for NFL Films. But what I loved to hear him say more than anything else was "Ricky Bottalico". And "Michael Jack Schmidt". Shoot. Everything. There has never been a broadcaster like him. In an era of jokers with their "Are you kidding me" calls, I don't think there ever will be either. I'll certainly miss him.