Harry Kalas understood the strength of subtlety.
Ownership of the microphone was a game of give and take between the broadcast booth and natural cadence of baseball. He understood that less was more in his role of liaison between listeners and an already perfect sport. Best known for his home run call and rich baritone, he turned accent points into artistry. Downtime with His Whiteness became a precious window into the personalities of good friends. Historic calls, like Michael Jack's 500th, marked time during lean years. But tone, tempo and economy of words only scratch the surface of a Hall of Fame career. His deepest connection was forged when memorable calls were scarce and there was nothing to sell but hope. "High Hopes" wasn't just a chorus reserved for magical moments; it was the undercurrent of every broadcast. Since the news of his passing, the outpouring of emotion underscores the notion that a game called by Harry transcended baseball. Reminders of family, childhood and home identify his power to take listeners to their safe haven. His words were clear and his message pure. Harry Kalas was the voice of order restored.