Like the rest of the Delaware Valley, Eagles radio voice Merrill Reese was stunned and saddened by the sudden passing of his friend and colleague, Phillies voice Harry Kalas Monday in Washington.
"We had lunch just before Harry left for spring training - we talked
for several hours for a book I'm writing about broadcasting," Reese recalled.
"He mentioned he had a medical procedure coming up, but he felt confident
about it. I spoke to him again by phone when he got home from the
hospital. Harry said he was looking forward to this season as much as
any season ever."
"When you think of Harry, you think of the great, resonant voice,
the great home run calls. When you think of Harry Kalas, you think of
the legends - Vin Scully, Harry Caray, Jack Brickhouse. He belongs right
in that group, announcers as big as or bigger than the players they