Harry Kalas Wrote Of Richie Ashburn: “As Good A Friend As A Man Could Have”

Posted October 21st, 2010 by Tom Owens and filed in Harry Kalas, Richie Ashburn
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There’s nothing wrong with vanilla ice cream. FoxSports is serving it for the NLCS broadcast. I tried ESPN radio, too.

I yearn for something more distinctive: a broadcaster who thrives on baseball. I’ve been thinking about Harry Kalas and Richie Ashburn. I never heard the pair together. But I heard Harry The K recall his long-time broadcast cohort. Before accepting the Hall of Fame’s Ford Frick Award in 2002, Kalas talked about his Phillies memories.

I sent a note of congratulations that year, asking him to keep talking about Ashburn. Kalas replied:

“Thanks for your kind letter. The Cooperstown weekend is something I will never forget.

Richie was as good a friend as a man could have. Not a game goes by that something will happen on the field that reminds me of ‘His Whitness’ and it’s always with a smile on my face and warmth in my heart.

My best wishes,
Harry Kalas”

Not to slight Giants fans…but Phillies followers might want to follow this Harry Kalas Facebook page.

2 Responses to “Harry Kalas Wrote Of Richie Ashburn: “As Good A Friend As A Man Could Have””

  1. kregg says:

    Too bad you didn’t hear Richie and Harry together. I listened to Phillies’ games on the radio back in the 1970s, and they were a great pair. Another great radio pair was Marty Brennaman and Joe Nuxhall with the Reds on WLW. Joe passed away a few years ago, but Marty is still going strong.

  2. Tom Owens says:

    Thanks, Kregg! Good broadcast teams are like any good teams. Relationships make them work.

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