Harry Kalas Gets One More Tribute, the Wall of Fame

Kevin McGuireSenior Analyst IMay 28, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - APRIL 17: A make-shift memorial dedicated to recently departed Philadelphia Phillies announcer Harry Kalas sits outside of Citizens Bank park before the game against the San Diego Padres on April 17, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Kalas died of a heart attack on April 13, 2009 in Washington, D.C. after falling unconscious in the press box before the Washington Nationals home opener against the Phillies. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Today the Phillies announced that they would honor Harry Kalas by placing him on the Wall of Fame in Ashburn Alley. One of the team's biggest honors is fitting for a man who lived and breathed with the team, broadcasting about three times as many games as the franchise leader for games played.

"When we started the Wall of Fame in 1978, the intent was to honor the great players in our history," explained 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.

David Montgomery, via Phillies Press Release

A while ago, we took a closer look at the candidates for the Wall of Fame. Now it seems that the fan votes will respectfully put aside so the team can pay one last tribute to Kalas. No complaints here. As always, the Phillies make the classy move.

For the presser and more details on the Wall of Fame night (August 7 prior to the game against the Florida Marlins) click here.


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