Harry Kalas, the Philadelphia Phillies announcer for 30 years who
will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this summer in Cooperstown,
N.Y., credits Cornell professor emeritus of speech Walt Stromer
with encouraging him to pursue a career in broadcasting. Kalas,
also known for narrating NFL films since 1975 and for the recent
Campbell's Chunky Soup commercials, attended Cornell in 1954-55.
In its Jan. 28 edition, Sports Illustrated asked Kalas, "When
did you realize you could make a living with your voice?" Kalas'
answer: "My first year of college. My speech professor was
blind, and he said, 'With your voice, you could get a job in broadcasting.'