Kane Kalas, the son of legendary play-by-play announcer Harry Kalas, followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the family business at a young age. At just 15 years old, Kane had the opportunity to sing the national anthem before a Phillies game, while his proud father watched on.
Recalling the experience, Kane remembers his father being unusually nervous, and after the performance, he received a tape of the event that showed his father in the broadcast booth with tears rolling down his eyes. It was a touching moment that showcased the deep connection between father and son.
Harry Kalas, known as Harry the K, was the beloved voice of the Philadelphia Phillies for almost four decades until his passing in 2009. His oldest son, Todd, carries on the family legacy by calling games for the Houston Astros. Now, it’s Kane’s turn to make his mark in a different arena. In April, he released his debut album as a vocalist titled “High Hopes.”
For those familiar with the Phillies and Citizens Bank Park, the album title holds special significance. Harry Kalas would often sing the Frank Sinatra classic “High Hopes” whenever the team made it to the playoffs. The entire album is a tribute to Harry the K, with each song carrying a personal meaning inspired by his father.
The album features songs associated with Frank Sinatra, Harry’s favorite singer, as well as tunes from his favorite musical, “Guys and Dolls.” It includes a rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” with new lyrics honoring Harry, the Eagles’ fight song with a cameo by Merrill Reese, and a poignant performance of “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” which was played at Harry Kalas’ memorial service.
Kane grew up listening to the music that influenced his father. Harry loved both Frank Sinatra and musical theater, and he would often sing these songs in the household. Kane explains that his father’s voice was of exceptional quality, captivating listeners with his cadence and use of the English language. Growing up with Harry, Kane learned how to apply those qualities to his own music.
Kane’s passion for singing was discovered during his time at the Benchmark School in Media, where he was cast in a school production of “Camelot.” This experience ignited his love for singing, leading him to pursue classical training and develop his deep, rich baritone voice with an operatic style. While “High Hopes” marks his first venture into jazz standards, Kane is accompanied by a talented ensemble of local musicians, led by DIVA Jazz Orchestra founder and drummer Sherrie Maricle.
Despite his musical pursuits, Kane will temporarily put his singing career on hold as he competes in the World Series of Poker. He initially turned to poker to help pay for college but ended up becoming a professional player and announcer. His success at the poker table, including winning the largest pot in televised history (over $2 million), has helped fund his album. In 2018, he made the move to Puerto Rico for its favorable weather and tax incentives.
Although Kane’s focus may shift to poker for the next couple of months, he continues to honor his father’s legacy by returning to Philadelphia to sing the national anthem at the Phillies’ home opener and playoff games. Standing next to his father’s statue in the outfield, Kane feels it is the perfect place to pay tribute to the man he has always looked up to.
Kane Kalas’s journey in the entertainment industry, his heartfelt album dedicated to his father, and his successful poker career all contribute to the continuation of the Kalas family legacy. Through his music and performances, Kane carries on the spirit of Harry the K, leaving his own mark on the world of music and sports.