Tributes Scheduled for Harry Kalas / Wed. Game Rained Out

Thanks to Todd Zolecki at The Zo Zone for posting a schedule of events to be held in tribute to the beloved Harry Kalas.  I just bought a ticket to Friday night’s game so I will be there to participate in the tribute.  Here is a brief overview of what will happen on Friday night before and during the 7:05pm against the Padres in Philly:

 

- The TV booth in which Harry broadcast since Citizens Bank Park opened in 2004 will be named the Harry Kalas Broadcast Booth, “That ball’s outta here!” A plaque will be hung to officially name the booth.  The neighboring radio booth is named the Richie (“Whitey”) Ashburn Broadcast Booth, “This game’s easy, Harry.” 

- The ceremonial first ball will be thrown by Harry’s three sons, Todd, Brad and Kane

- The ceremonial first ball will be thrown by Harry’s three sons, Todd, Brad and Kane

- Prior to the National Anthem, to be sung by Harry’s son Kane, there will be a moment of silence.

- All fans will receive an 8″x10″ color photograph of Harry.

- Harry’s signature will be displayed on the field during the seven-game home-stand, beginning on Friday.

- Also for the seven-game home-stand, a black drape will appear in front of the Phillies radio and TV booths and the Phillies flag in Ashburn Alley will be hung at half-mast.

- A video of Harry’s career will be aired on PhanaVision.

- During the seventh-inning stretch, a video of Harry singing “High Hopes” will be shown on PhanaVision. Fans will be encouraged to join in.  

 

Other acknowledgements include:

-  During the first half-inning of the game televised by Comcast Network Philadelphia (formerly CN8), there will be no announcer commentary.

- Throughout the remainder of the season, a billboard honoring Harry will be displayed on the outfield wall.

- As previously announced, an HK patch will be worn on Phillies uniforms this season, near the heart.  

- Throughout the 2009 season, following every Phillies home run, Harry’s legendary “Outta Here!” home run call will be played over the PA system as the Liberty Bell lights up.

 

**Personally, I LOVE the idea of the home run call and think the Phillies should keep that in for good.  Other teams play corny music after a home run; the Phillies ring a bell.  Adding Harry’s call to the ringing of the bell on a permanent basis would be an outstanding tribute to him, his family and the fans who loved him.

 

Saturday’s Memorial:

A memorial tribute for Harry Kalas will be held at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday, April 18 as announced by the Kalas family and the Phillies.  An opportunity to pay respects to the Hall of Fame broadcaster will be given on a first come, first served basis to as many fans as possible from 8:00 a.m. until 12:45 p.m.  At that time, all fans in attendance will be directed to seats for an on-field tribute that will begin at 1:00 p.m.  More details will be announced later.

 

The official cause of dead as reported by the Washington D.C. chief medical examiner’s office was “heart disease” as a result of high blood pressure and specifically, atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

 

Here is a video I shot from behind the home plate screen of Harry singing High Hopes after the 9/30/07 NL East clinching game; you will also see Aaron Rowand and then Ryan Howard dumping beer over Harry’s head.  Enjoy!:

 

Appropriately, more rain falls in DC:

The Phillies were supposed to go back to Washington tonight to continue their series with the Nats with Joe Blanton on the mound, hoping to redeem himself after a bad first outing.   However, the game has been rained out; no word yet on a make-up plan.

2 Comments

I suspect the memorials will be helpful to all the fans and probably just what Harry would have wanted.

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

What a nice send-off the Phillies have set up for him. It’s so awesome the Phillies won for him last year.

Jason
http://jmays.mlblogs.com

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