Monday, April 13, 2009

RIP Harry Kalas and Mark Fidrych

Boy what a bummer. I had heard that Harry Kalas died. He was the long time broadcaster of the Philadelphia Phillies and NFL films. He had a distinct baritone that made watching the Phillies enjoyable when we got cable and was able to see the Phillies back in the day. I'd watch them on the days the Mets weren't on. His distinct baritone was about as manly as it got. He narrated the NFL films giving it a power that transended what went on the filed. He was the go to guy for Campbell's Chunky soup commercials. He died getting ready for today's Phillies game.

Then I got a bigger shock when I heard that former Detroit Tigers pitcher, Mark (The Bird) Fidrych died. Now, Fidrych had a short baseball career. A classic phenom case that burned out as fast as he was on fire. His one great season was in 1976. He won 19 games, completed 24 and won the Rookie of the Year award and came in second for the Cy Young award. He was an eccentric even in the "anything goes" decade the 70's. He got injured the next year and never pitched like that again. Still, no one who saw him pitch ever forgot him. He was only 54.

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