Legendary Phillies announcer Harry Kalas was enshrined in Cooperstown, now the team will enshrine him at Citizens Bank Park.
Kalas, 73, broadcasted Phightins games for nearly 40 years. He died last month while preparing for a game.
"Harry the K" will posthumously be inducted on the Phillies Wall of Fame before the Phils August 7 game against Florida Marlins. He will be the first non-player/manager on the Phils' Wall.
“When we started the Wall of Fame in 1978, the intent was to honor the great players in our history,” said Phillies President David Montgomery. “We believe it is fitting to make an exception because Harry deserves to be remembered along with some of the greatest names in our history. He is indeed a Phillies icon."
“Being a Wall of Famer is our organization’s highest honor. There’s no doubt Harry should receive such recognition,” said Montgomery.
The greatest Phillies player Kalas covered agreed that the Phillies "voice" belonged on the Wall.
“Harry is a Wall of Famer by all means,” said Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt. “I can’t wait to see his plaque in August.”
The accolade is the first major posthumous honor given to Kalas who was inducted into the broadcasters’ wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002.
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Plenty of Phils legends (and Wall of Fame inductees) including Robin Roberts, Jim Bunning, Steve Carlton, Schmidt, Dick Allen, Greg Luzinski, Garry Maddox, Tony Taylor, Bob Boone and Dallas Green will be on hand to honor their "voice."
Sadly this year will be the first time that Kalas won't preside over the Wall of Fame Ceremony.