The Phillies have gratefully accepted the fan-funded gift of a 7½-foot bronze statue of Harry Kalas for placement at Citizens Bank Park, Mike Stiles, Senior Vice President, Administration and Operations, announced today. The statue was presented to the Phillies as a gift from Dear Harry, Inc., a fan-based group organized solely to create a statue dedicated to the memory of the Phillies Hall of Fame broadcaster. The sculptor, Lawrence J. Nowlan, has received important commissions for public sculpture across the country and overseas.
“A group of us from the Phillies went to the Laran Bronze Foundry in Chester to see the statue for the first time a few weeks ago,” said Stiles. “We were very impressed. It’s a wonderful likeness of Harry that really captures his spirit. There are interesting details that I don’t want to give away. I think fans will be very excited to see this statue of Harry at the ballpark.
“The Phillies are very grateful to all the fans who contributed to this effort, as well as to Larry Nowlan for his impressive work. We accept the gift, with gratitude, in honor of the memory of our beloved colleague and friend, Harry Kalas.”
Details about the location of the statue at the ballpark and date and time of the unveiling have yet to be determined.
Tonight at McFaddens, there will be a pre-Opening Day celebration that was originally meant to be a fund-raiser. Here are the details for tonight’s party down at the ballpark, we hope you can make it out.
The party starts at 8pm with dollar beers for the first two hours. Mr. Greengenes will be providing the music and local celebrities will be tending bar. Also, King Bee Memorabilia will be running an auction to help raise money for the Harry Kalas statue project which is almost complete. We hope to see you there!