Harry the K: The Remarkable Life of Harry Kalas

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To Philadelphia Phillies fans, he was the soundtrack of summer. But beyond his successful broadcasting career, Harry Kalas led an extraordinary personal life. This compelling biography--with over five printings in hardcover--offers countless revelations and is a must-read for any fan.
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Overview


To Philadelphia Phillies fans, he was the soundtrack of summer. But beyond his successful broadcasting career, Harry Kalas led an extraordinary personal life. This compelling biography--with over five printings in hardcover--offers countless revelations and is a must-read for any fan.
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"One strike away; nothing and two, the count to Hinske. Fans on their feet; rally towels are being waved. Brad Lidge stretches. The 0-2 pitch—swing and a miss, struck him out! The Philadelphia Phillies are 2008 World Champions of baseball!.... Let the city celebrate!" Phillies fans will never forget sportscaster Harry Kalas' shouted call of their 2008 victory, but for many, these words of triumph carry a sad undertone because the beloved Hall of Fame announcer died within six months of the game. Harry The K celebrates the eventful, 73-year life of the enthusiastic, affable play-by-play master. Now in paperback and NOOKbook. (Hand-selling tip: Kalas stayed busy year-round. In addition to his baseball assignments, he narrated the popular football highlights show Inside the NFL for over thirty years.)

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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.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762441105
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/8/2011
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 772,397
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Randy Miller covered the Phillies for the Bucks County Courier Times for 15 years, and spent many hours with Harry Kalas. He lives outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Ryan Howard is the Phillies' current 1st baseman and 2006 League Most Valuable Player.

Mike Schmidt is a Hall of Famer whose 500th home run was Harry Kalas' self-described greatest career call.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Mike Schmidt 6

Special Introduction Ryan Howard 10

Preface: The Harry That I Knew 12

Introduction: High Hopes 19

Chapter 1 A Voice Off the Old Block 28

Chapter 2 The Education of Harry 44

Chapter 3 A-Looooo-ha 55

Chapter 4 Houston, We Have a Kalas 70

Chapter 5 Philadelphia Freedom 83

Chapter 6 That '70s Show 93

Chapter 7 Wife Swap 107

Chapter 8 His Whiteness 121

Chapter 9 Like Father, Like Sons 139

Chapter 10 A Voice for All Seasons 152

Chapter 11 One of the Guys 168

Chapter 12 The Wheels Come Off 186

Chapter 13 Prince Harry 210

Chapter 14 Life of the Party 227

Chapter 15 Call to the Hall 249

Chapter 16 Championship Voice 264

Chapter 17 The Golden Years 275

Chapter 18 A Legend Departs 292

Chapter 19 A City Weeps 304

Chapter 20 Long Live Harry the K 320

Sources 333

Afterword 334

Index 340

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  • Posted March 6, 2011

    great book

    can not wait to finish the book! im a huge phillies fan! we got cliff lee!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2014

    Harry the K is so awesome

    Hk rocks

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  • Posted May 12, 2010

    Enlightening Story of an Icon of Broadcasting

    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.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2010

    MUST HAVE FOR PHILLIES AND FANS AND BASEBALL PURISTS

    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.

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  • Posted March 22, 2010

    The complete biography of Harry

    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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  • Posted March 4, 2010

    Well researches and written book about a man millions love!

    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!"

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