Kalas Wins Ford C. Frick Award
Jan. 31, 2002
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Philadelphia Phillies radio and television announcer Harry Kalas was voted the Ford C. Frick Award and will be inducted into the broadcasters' wing of the Hall of Fame on July 28.
Kalas, the voice of the Phillies since 1971, worked 27 seasons with the late Richie Ashburn and has called more than 5,000 Phillies games.
Phillies fans know Kalas for his deep, soothing delivery and his trademark: ``It's outta here, home run!''
``His voice is one of the most popular and recognizable in baseball broadcasting history,'' Hall of Fame president Dale Petroskey said Thursday. ``Harry's enthusiasm and journalistic excellence are his trademarks.''
The seven-member voting committee included Jack Buck, Bob Costas, Joe Garagiola, Ernie Harwell, Joe Morgan, Chuck Thompson and Vin Scully.
Kalas will be honored with Ozzie Smith, the only player elected to the Hall of Fame this year, and Joe Falls of The Detroit News, who will be inducted into the writers' wing of the Hall of Fame.
Kalas, 65, has been honored 17 times as Pennsylvania Sportscaster of the Year.
He is also the voice of NFL Films, calls football games for the Westwood One Radio Network and does commercial voiceover work.
He was an original member of the Houston Astros broadcast team from 1965 to 1970.
The Naperville, Ill., native attended the University of Iowa and was drafted into the military on graduation day in 1959. He spent two years with the Army in Hawaii.
The Frick award is named in memory of the former sportswriter, broadcaster, National League president and baseball commissioner.