Phillies accept statue of Harry

Lawrence Nowlan works on the Harry Kalas statue in the sculptor's Vermont studio. The piece was kept in shadow to keep reactions fresh at the unveiling, perhaps in the fall.
Lawrence Nowlan works on the Harry Kalas statue in the sculptor's Vermont studio. The piece was kept in shadow to keep reactions fresh at the unveiling, perhaps in the fall. (Peter Mucha)
Posted: March 31, 2011

The Phillies have accepted a 7 1/2 foot statue of legendary announcer Harry Kalas to be displayed at Citizens Bank Park.

The statue was presented to the Phillies as a gift from Dear Harry Inc., a fan-based group. The sculptor was Lawrence J. Nowlan.

Phillies representatives saw the first statue for the first time a few weeks ago.

"We were very impressed," Mike Stiles, senior vice president administration and operations said in a statement. "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.

Details about the location of the statue at the ballpark and date and time of the unveiling have yet to be determined.

"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."

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