Phillies sportscaster Harry Kalas dies

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Longtime Philadelphia Phillies sportscaster Harry Kalas died on Monday at age 73.

“We lost Harry today,” team president David Montgomery said. “We lost our voice.”

The veteran broadcaster collapsed in a press box at Nationals Park prior to Monday’s game against Washington. Emergency medical personnel took him to George Washington University hospital, where he was pronounced dead at approximately 1:20 p.m. The cause of death was not announced.

“He was a living sports legend and through his voice has fallen silent, we’ll always hear him, when an opponent swings and misses, when a Phillie hits a homerun and when the team wins its next World Series,” Mayor Nutter said.

Kalas had been the Phillies’ play-by-play announcer since 1971. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002.