Thursday, April 16, 2009

Phillies announce plans to honor Kalas

by John George

The Philadelphia Phillies announced Wednesday a series of tributes planned for Friday to honor Harry Kalas, the team’s Hall of Fame broadcaster who died Monday.

The television booth in which Kalas 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 Kalas’ three sons, Todd, Brad and Kane.

Prior to the national anthem, to be sung by Kane Kalas, there will be a moment of silence.

All fans will receive a color photograph of Kalas.

Kalas’ signature will be displayed on the field during the seven-game homestand beginning on Friday.

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