Baseball mourns Kalas' loss

Updated: April 13, 2009, 9:09 PM ET
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"We lost our voice today. 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."
     -- Phillies team president David Montgomery


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"Baseball broadcasters become an integral part of baseball fans' families. They are in the homes of fans every day for the entire season. No one will ever be able to match the joy Harry and Richie Ashburn brought to our fans for all those years. He had a great voice, understood and loved the game, and loved people."
     -- Phillies chairman and part owner Bill Giles


"I always find it interesting when a celebrity passes away and people are so quick to say, 'He was a great actor,' or, 'He was a great broadcaster.' Harry Kalas was a great person. As much as we will remember Harry as a broadcaster, many of us will remember him even more as being a hell of a guy.''
     -- Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman


"He gave me my sports name. People all over the country refer to me by the name that Harry actually gave me ... 'Michael Jack.' Every time I hear it now for the rest of my life, his face and his smile will resonate."
     -- Phillies Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt


"He was the Phillies. He's a friend to all of us. He was as big a part of the team as any player, coach, manager."
     -- Former Phillie John Kruk


"It was an honor to have Harry call ANY play I ever made. The fact that he called me Mitchy-poo on air ... I didn't want any one to know about that nickname, but somehow with Harry it was OK. He is probably one of two announcers that you didn't have to see to know who it was. He was the best."
     -- Former Phillie reliever Mitch Williams


Remembering Kalas

NFL.com Video

NFL Films takes a look back at the career of legendary broadcaster Harry Kalas.

"Harry was as good a colleague as any sportscaster could hope to have. He was easy to get along with and I certainly enjoyed my 26 years sharing the booth with Harry. When I joined the Phillies in 1976 I had been a sportscaster in Philadelphia doing Eagles and 76ers games, and although I had been a baseball fan since my youth, I had never really broadcast the game. Harry showed me the ropes like only he could. I am more than grateful and will miss him every day I am fortunate enough to remain on this earth."
     -- Phillies broadcaster Andy Musser


"His substance was his style. There was no shtick, just a steady blend of crisp articulation and resonance. In many ways, Harry is the narrator of our memories. His voice lives on not only on film, but inside the heads of everyone who has watched and listened to NFL Films."
     -- NFL Films president Steve Sabol


"Baseball announcers have a special bond with their audience, and Harry represented the best of baseball not only to the fans of the Phillies, but to fans everywhere."
     -- Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig


"I am shocked and saddened by Harry Kalas' untimely and unexpected passing. He was a Philadelphia institution who made the game for countless fans. The entire professional baseball family is the less with his loss."
     -- Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell

Information from ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick and The Associated Press is included in this report

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