Harry Kalas was born in Chicago on March 26, 1936. He was raised in Naperville, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago that, at the time, had a population of about 8,000. Today Naperville is the 4th largest city in Illinois with a population of over 100,000. Because of the town's proximity to St. Louis, Kalas grew up listening to Jack Buck and Harry Caray calling baseball games.
Kalas attended Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa before transferring to the University of Iowa where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech, Radio and Television.
Kalas says the thing that has made in stay in Philadelphia so long is, "the passion of the sports fans. The sports fans are very passionate about their teams. Sometimes they can get on you, they can also be a very positive force."
Kalas has three sons: Brad, Todd and Kane. Todd Kalas works for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
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