Phillies Broadcasters Establish Kalas Award
August 14, 2009 at 4:43 AM (PT)
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES broadcasters LARRY ANDERSEN, SCOTT FRANZKE, GARY "SARGE" MATTHEWS, TOM MCCARTHY, CHRIS WHEELER, and JIM JACKSON have chipped in to fund a college scholarship in memory of their former broadcast partner, Hall of Famer HARRY KALAS. The scholarship, the "KALAS Award," will be awarded to a student in the PHILADELPHIA region who hopes to become a sports broadcaster. KALAS passed away APRIL 13th and was the PHILLIES' voice since 1971.
"We were looking for a way to establish a lasting legacy in HARRY's honor," said ANDERSEN, the former PHILS reliever who presently serves as radio analyst, "and the scholarship seemed like the right way to go. HARRY touched so many lives with his work, with his soothing voice and his generosity of spirit; we believe this is a fitting way to continue that generosity for years to come."