Philadelphia Phillies Remember Bill Campbell
Sep 8, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; General view of the stadium at dusk during the second inning of a game between the Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
While Harry Kalas might be the most beloved broadcaster in Philadelphia Phillies’ history, Bill Campbell certainly has his own place in professional sports in Philadelphia.
Campbell, who was a Phillies broadcaster from 1963-70, passed away on Monday at the age of 91.
Although many remember Campbell for his time calling Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia 76ers and Philadelphia Warriors games perhaps more so than his time with the Phillies, he spent time working beside Richie Ashburn. Ashburn, who is currently a finalist for the coveted Ford C. Frick Award, got his start in the booth alongside Campbell.
Fans as well as members of the Phillies’ organization remember Campbell, including vice president of alumni relations Larry Shenk.
“He was a very nice man and a very professional broadcaster,” Shenk told the Phillies official website. “I don’t think he’ll ever be replaced, because I don’t think anybody else will broadcast three major sports.”
A year before joining the Phillies’ broadcast team, Campbell called one of the most iconic performances in sports history – Wilt Chamberlain‘s 100-point game. The game was played in Hershey, Pennsylvania and was not even televised.
In 2006 Campbell was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
The hall-of-famer is survived by his daughter Christine, her two children as well as four great grandchildren.