Weekend of tributes to Harry Kalas

April 18, 2009 5:17:29 AM PDT
The family of late broadcaster Harry Kalas along with the Philadelphia Phillies have announced the details for tributes to the legendary broadcaster this weekend at Citizens Bank Park.The tribute to Harry Kalas will begin on Friday night before the first home game since he passed away.

The Phillies will honor their legendary voice prior to the game with several tributes:

  • The television booth in which Harry broadcast since Citizens Bank Park opened in 2004 will be named the Harry Kalas Broadcast Booth. A plaque will be hung to officially name the booth. The neighboring radio booth is named the Richie ("Whitey") Ashburn Broadcast Booth.
  • 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 homestand beginning on Friday.
  • Also for the seven games, 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.
  • 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.

A memorial service for Kalas will be held beginning Satuday morning.

Beginning at 8:00 a.m., on a first come, first served basis, fans will have the opportunity to pay their respects on the field as they pass by Harry's casket which will be located behind home plate.

RELATED: Watch the event live on 6abc.com Saturday. Click here to bookmark the link.

To accommodate as many fans as possible, the starting time of the memorial tribute program has been moved back to 1:30 p.m.

Fans will be able to pass by the casket until approximately 12:45 p.m. at which time everyone in attendance will be directed to seats.

Beginning at approximately 1:00 p.m., current and former players, broadcasters, front office employees, and friends and family members will pay their final respects before the on-field tribute begins at 1:30 p.m.

If you can't make it to Citizens Bank Park, the service will be aired live on Saturday morning on 6abc.com.

Fans will be directed to enter Citizens Bank Park through the Third Base Gate at Pattison Avenue and Citizens Bank Way and will be asked to leave the ballpark through the First Base Gate.

Although fans are not being asked to bring flowers or other mementos, if they choose to do so such items should be left in the area of the Mike Schmidt statue prior to entry at the Third Base Gate.

Parking will be free. Fans are encouraged to park in the lots on the west side of the ballpark, located on the site of the former Veterans Stadium. Limited concession stands will be open.

All fans in attendance will receive a commemorative program, an 8"x10" photograph of Harry and a poem written by him in 2002 as a fan tribute.

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