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Kalas Statue Unveiled in Philly

A statue of the late beloved Philadelphia sportscaster Harry Kalas was unveiled Tuesday evening near the restaurant bearing Kalas’ name at Citizens Bank Park. His son, Kane, was on hand for the unveiling, which took place when Phillies icon Steve Carlton and current Phillie Jimmy Rollins pulled away a maroon cloth. The statue shows Kalas with a big smile, microphone in hand.

“The statue is perfect,” Kane Kalas said. “With the loafers and the sports jacket, and the detail, and the precision on it…When they unveiled it, I could not believe it. It’s such a beautiful thing.”

After the unveiling, Eddie Bruce sang “High Hopes” by Frank Sinatra, the song Kalas used to sing after momentous Phillies victories. Kalas died on April 13, 2009, just hours before the Phillies were to play the Nationals in Washington.

(Photo: The Daily Record)

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