08/06/2009 9:55 AM ET
Kalas to be inducted posthumously in Phillies Wall of Fame on Friday
Thirty-one years ago, the Phillies began a tradition of honoring the greatest players in their history with the Wall of Fame. In order to be selected, guidelines were instituted that stated inductees needed a certain amount of service time as a player, manager or coach.
When Harry Kalas died in April, the Phillies decided to make an exception to those guidelines and induct him posthumously. After 30 years as the master of ceremonies for this event, Harry is the inductee on Friday night.
The Toyota Wall of Fame ceremonies begin at 7:00 p.m. with the sold-out game to follow. The ceremonies will be carried live on phillies.com.
Eleven members of the Wall of Fame will be on hand to participate in the ceremony: Robin Roberts (1978), Senator Jim Bunning (1984), Steve Carlton (1989), Mike Schmidt (1990), Dick Allen (1994), Greg Luzinski (1998), Garry Maddox (2001), Tony Taylor (2002), Bob Boone (2005), Dallas Green (2006) and Juan Samuel (2008).
Dan Baker, Citizens Bank Park PA announcer and Schmidt will share the microphone.
"While he never swung a bat or threw a pitch or wore the Phillies uniform, he was one of us. He sat with us on charter flights, stopped by the clubhouse before every game, celebrated and cried with us," said Schmidt. "He had the same passion for the game as the players. Without a doubt, he is a Phillies icon and his legacy will live on forever."
Accepting the award for the Kalas family will be his three sons, Todd, Brad and Kane. Broadcasting colleague, Larry Andersen, and Harry's step-children, Julie and Travis Vanwey will participate in the event which will also include video of Harry's famous calls with the Phillies.
Kalas first joined the Phillies broadcast team in 1971. He broadcast 6,037 Phillies games.
All fans attending Friday's game will receive a four-color, commemorative print of Harry Kalas, courtesy of Toyota.