If you ever find yourself in Citizen's Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies, you should stop by to see the statue of Harry Kalas. Harry Kalas was the voice of the Philadelphia Phillies, broadcasting their games for over 38 years. Sadly, Harry Kalas passed away in 2009, only a few months after watching the Phillies win the World Series in October of 2008. The statue serves as a permanent reminder of a great man and beloved part of the franchise. It is located within the stadium, behind Section 141 on the Main Concourse, near Harry the K's restaurant in Citizens Bank Park.
1936, Harry Kalas would grow up to become one of the most iconic play by play
sports announcers of all time. Kalas was able to break into the field in
1965 as the Houston Astros announcer, but would move on to the same position
with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1971. Kalas was replacing fan favorite Bill
Campbell, but seemed to take on the role flawlessly, even becoming adored by
the fans and citizens of Philadelphia. Kalas filled the role each season until
his death in 2009, when he collapsed before a game against the Washington
announcer, Harry Kalas became famous for his home run calls. The call
Swing ... and a long drive, this ball is ... outta here!” became
synonymous with Kalas and the Phillies. Harry Kalas also had the opportunity to
call some impressive moments in some big games. During his Phillies career, he
called six no-hit games, six National League Championship Series, and three
World Series (1983, 1993, and 2008). In 2008, the Phillies beat the Tampa Bay
rays to become World Series Champions, and Kalas was honored to make the call.
fans everywhere, especially in Philadelphia were deeply saddened by the loss of
Harry Kalas in 2009. The Philadelphia Phillies took notice, erecting a life
size bronze statue of Kalas within Citizen’s Bank Park in 2011. The statue
depicts Kalas standing cross-legged on a home plate, holding a microphone in
his right hand, which also holds a baseball bat that he is leaning upon. The
statue can be found in the Ashburn Alley outfield concourse at Citizens Bank
Park between Harry the K's Restaurant and the statue of Richie Ashburn.