Friday, February 12, 2016

Congress could vote on Kalas resolution today

A quick noted passed along from High Cheese's Washington Bureau. . .

Congress could vote on Kalas resolution today


A quick noted passed along from High Cheese's Washington Bureau. . .

Congress may vote on a resolution honoring the life of former Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas today. The resolution was introduced by Rep. Joe Sestak, whose district include Delaware County, shortly after Kalas' death from heart disease in April.


Honoring the life and accomplishments of Harry Kalas for
his invaluable contributions to the national past-time of
baseball, the community, and the Nation.

Whereas Harry Kalas, an iconic and beloved sports broadcaster
passed away on April 13, 2009;

Whereas Harry Kalas was born on March 26, 1936, in
Naperville, Illinois;

Whereas Harry Kalas is a 1959 graduate of the University
of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech, Radio,
and Television;

Whereas immediately following graduation, Harry Kalas
served in the United States Army for two years in Hawaii;

Whereas following his service, Harry Kalas began his broadcasting
career with KGU Radio broadcasting games for
the University of Hawaii and the Hawaii Islanders of the
AAA Pacific Coast League;

Whereas Harry Kalas was a member of the original Houston
Astros broadcast team in 1965;

Whereas Harry Kalas joined the Philadelphia Phillies broadcast
team in 1971, calling their games for the past 38
years, including 26 years with his great friend and Hall
of Famer Richie Ashburn;

Whereas Harry Kalas had diverse talents, calling University
of Houston football, Southwest Conference basketball,
Big Five basketball, University of Notre Dame football,
and NFL games, throughout his illustrious career as well
as providing voice-overs for NFL films and numerous

Whereas Harry Kalas broadcast the opening of the Astrodome,
Veterans Stadium, and Citizen Bank Ballpark;

Whereas, in 2002, Harry Kalas was the Ford C. Frick Award
Winner, named after the former National League President
and Major League Baseball Commissioner, which is
annually bestowed by the National Baseball Hall of Fame
to a broadcaster for ‘‘major contributions to baseball’’;

Whereas Harry Kalas called 7 National League Championship
Series and 3 World Series, being the voice of the
2008 World Champions;

Whereas Harry Kalas called all of Hall of Famer Steve
Carlton’s starts as a Phillie, as well as all of Hall of Famer
Mike Schmidt’s 548 homeruns, making the phrase, ‘‘outta here’’,
an often imitated but never duplicated signature home run call well known in Philadelphia and the rest of the baseball world;

Whereas Harry Kalas was named Pennsylvania Sportscaster
of the year 18 times and was inducted into the National
Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of
Fame in 2008;

Whereas Harry Kalas was a remarkable husband to his wife,
Eileen, and father to his three sons, Todd, Brad, and

Whereas his son Todd followed him into field of sports broadcasting;

Whereas Harry Kalas, not just as a voice, but also as a husband,
father, friend, and veteran, will be sorely missed in
both the Philadelphia region and the United States: Now,
therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives honors
the life and accomplishments of Harry Kalas for his in
valuable contributions to the national past-time of base
ball, our community, and the Nation.

All those in favor?

Staff Writer
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