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Harry the K: The Remarkable Life of Harry Kalas

Harry the K: The Remarkable Life of Harry Kalas

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To Philadelphia Phillies fans, he was the soundtrack of summer. To millions of football fans across America, he was the “Voice of the NFL.” And as open and giving as Harry Kalas was throughout his professional and personal life, there are countless layers of the man that have remained unknown . . . until now.

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Overview

To Philadelphia Phillies fans, he was the soundtrack of summer. To millions of football fans across America, he was the “Voice of the NFL.” And as open and giving as Harry Kalas was throughout his professional and personal life, there are countless layers of the man that have remained unknown . . . until now.

Author Randy Miller interviewed more than 160 people—including all of Harry’s surviving family, many of his close friends from childhood to present, numerous colleagues from baseball and the NFL, and even Harry’s longtime personal psychologist—to craft a loving and shockingly honest portrayal of one of the most celebrated broadcasters in the history of sports.

With incredible details from all phases of his life—from his upbringing in the Chicago suburbs, to his Hall of Fame broadcasting career in baseball, to his ubiquitous voiceover work with the NFL, to his personal vices for drinking and women, to his legendary friendship with Richie “Whitey” Ashburn, to his ongoing feud with on-air partner Chris Wheeler—Harry the K: The Remarkable Life of Harry Kalas will surprise, delight, and enlighten all fans of the man they called “Harry the K.”

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Miller’s dogged reportorial skills are considerable and are on impressive display in a book that is unvarnished and unsparing, but also straightforward and balanced…Miller's book will strike chords of recognition among Phillies followers, many of whom were raised hearing 'Hard to believe, Harry.'” 

Larry Kane, host of Comcast's The Voice of Reason
“This is a book I believe probably is the greatest Philadelphia sports book ever written. As a Philadelphia sports book, there is nothing better than this. This is the real stuff. This is not just who, what, when, where and why, but how and why it happened.” 

Angelo Cataldi, 610-WIP Morning Show Host
"I loved Harry Kalas before I read this book, and I love him more after reading it."

Queens Chronicle
"'Harry the K' is one of the best biographies, period, to hit the market in years."

The Trentonian
“Kalas’ life was recently depicted in a terrific book by Randy Miller, ‘Harry the K.’ I rarely do book endorsements, but it was a great literary monument to the man, myth and legend that he was, and it didn’t pull any punches about his personal life.”

Atlantic City Weekly
“Harry the K’s high hopes and career highlights are all here in a fascinating read for Phillies’ fans."

phillyBurbs.com
“A must for anyone who grew up with Harry.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762440344
Publisher:
Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date:
03/09/2010
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

Randy Miller has covered the Phillies for suburban Philadelphia newspapers Bucks County Courier Times, Doylestown Intelligencer and Burlington County Times since 1996. He has spent countless hours in ballparks, press boxes, and hotel bars with Harry Kalas and others in the Phillies organization. A native of Jeannette, Pa., Miller resides outside Philadelphia in Fairless Hills, Pa.

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Harry the K: The Remarkable Life of Harry Kalas 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hk rocks
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Maddie Faust More than 1 year ago
can not wait to finish the book! im a huge phillies fan! we got cliff lee!!!
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LINDAKLINE More than 1 year ago
As a lifelong Phillies fan and local, I was shocked (and thrilled) about how much original material was contained in this biography of the irreplaceable Harry the K. Some of the details showed Harry at his most human, his most weakest, but Randy's research proved that Harry was what all of us who loved him knew with Harry - what you see is what you get. This book is a great read - background is very thorough, with interesting details on Harry's start in Hawaii and Houston. It also explores the "Wheels" issue, Harry's marriages, and the ripple effect he had on all outside of the baseball world. Overall, a great read - I highly recommend to every Phillies fan and baseball purist who realize what a treasure Harry was and continues to be.
johnnyo More than 1 year ago
What a great read. A must for any Phillies/Harry fan. Lots of juicy information, especially the incident with Bill Conlin, and the backstabbing by Chris Wheeler to Harry AND Rich Ashburn. Outstanding!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While I still miss Harry, I must admit that I wish I hadn't read this book. Unlike the previous reviewer, I left chagrined that the man who was such a part of my life was so flawed. Harry was a terrific sportscaster and that can't be argued. Debated, though, is his status as a great man. I was terribly disappointed to read about his adultery, which shattered his family (his sons were adults, but I think that would make parental divorce all the more difficult). He fell prey (perhaps that is harsh -- it takes two to tango) to a woman who I believe knew exactly what she was doing and had a plan. The nice thing about this book though, is that it comes through, quite clearly, that the second Mrs. Kalas was a manipulative woman who did nothing but cause headaches for her husband. To think, too, that she was shown in a favorable light by the author, who clearly likes her, makes it all the more clear that she wasn't deserving of the man so many revere. It was nice to read about the first Mrs. Kalas, who I never really heard about all that much. She was far from the cocktail waitress he left her for, as she had class and dignity -- so much so that she was highly complimentary of her late ex-husband.
The-Squire-of-Media More than 1 year ago
Many across the country may not know "Harry the K", but nonetheless, you need to read this book! You may start out not knowing who he was, and it pains me to use that in the past tense, but you likely knew his voice. This is a story about a solitary, humble man, whose tremendous kindnesses and generosity became legend to the millions who came to know him. People outside of the broadcasting reach of Philadelphia heard his Campbell Chunky Soup commercials, his Coors Light promotions and many, many others. He picked up the mantel when John Facenda, the man known as NFL Films' "Voice of God" left us. He did Notre Dame football and basketball. He was the voice of Westwood One's weekly NFL radio broadcast. But, to those of us in reach of the Philadelphia airwaves, Harry was for thirty-eight years our closest friend and the play-by-play announcer for the Phillies. Along the way, as Mike Jack Schmidt eulogized him, "If you can look past Ben Franklin and William Penn, Harry Kalas might have been the greatest person to ever grace Philadelphia". I consider myself somewhat a student of history. Schmidt was right! This is a book that will interest you, captivate you, make you laugh, anger you and make you cry; the latter especially so if you are from Philadelphia or its surrounds. In fact, the final three chapters are absolutely heart-wrenching! This is not a book about baseball. It's not a book about Philadelphia. It is a very well researched and written book by Randy Miller about a wonderful, wonderful fun loving, good man, who had flaws like the rest of us. But, boy, what virtues! As for now, I'm "outta heeeeere!"
TECP More than 1 year ago
Harry was a big part of my life listening to Phillies baseball. He was a dedicated man who did his homework. I was glad to read about his lifes trials and tribulations. Very entertaining.