September 27, 2020

Sorrow and Remembrance Hits the MLB World

We are seeing that even the greats are not invinceable with the recent occurrences in MLB. The passing of two very colorful and honorable legends of baseball gives the feeling of sorrow covering the sports world like a fog.

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It’s not that we lost an up and comer in Nick Adenhart just last week via a tragic accident, but now losing Hall of Fame voice Harry Kalas and one of the greatest stories of baseball in the 70’s in Mark ‘the Bird’ Fidrych.

What made Harry Kalas a bigger than life figure in Philly was his passion for every pitch of every game. He coined the phrase ‘Outta here’ when someone hit a homer as well as introducing the world to Hall of Fame 3rd baseman as Michael Jack Schmidt when he hit his 500th homerun.

Taking over for John Facenda as the voice of NFL films was not an easy task but Harry made the transition seamless.

Hall of Fame voice of the LA Dodgers Vin Scully said it best, “If there is one thing I’ve learned in all my years, and I haven’t learned much,” the 81-year-old Scully told his listeners, “but the one thing I’ve learned, don’t even waste your time trying to figure out life.”

In Mark Fidrych he gave baseball a shot in the arm in 1976 when his on the mound antics made him the Rookie of the Year and got him the distinct honor as the first player from any sport to be on the cover of Rolling Stone.  A two-time All-Star Fidrych was killed on his farm in Mass while working on his dump truck.

The Baseball and sports world have lost a trio of men who had gave us a reason to love sports and realize how much life is so precious.

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