Harry Kalas will be inducted posthumously into the Phillies Wall of Fame on Aug. 7 at Citizens Bank Park before a game against the Florida Marlins, the team announced yesterday.
"When we started the Wall of Fame in 1978, the intent was to honor the great players in our history," team president David Montgomery said in a statement. "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."
The Wall of Fame display is part of the Memory Lane section of Ashburn Alley.
Wall of Famers who are expected to participate in the ceremonies include Robin Roberts (first inductee, 1978), Jim Bunning (1984), Steve Carlton (1989), Mike Schmidt (1990), Dick Allen (1994), Greg Luzinski (1998), Garry Maddox (2001), Tony Taylor (2002), Bob Boone (2005) and Dallas Green (2006).
Kalas broadcast games involving all of these players.
The Wall of Fame ceremony is the start of the annual Phillies Alumni weekend. Garry Maddox's RibFest will take place Aug. 8 on Citizens Bank Way. That night, the Wall of Famers and other Phillies alumni will be introduced on the field prior to the 7:05 p.m. game. Several alumni will greet fans at the gates.
Before Sunday's 1:35 p.m. game, six former Phillies will participate in an Alumni Batting Challenge. *