By Kevin K
According to Kevin McAlpin of 97.5 the Fanatic, the Phillies have accepted the 7 1/2 ft. bronze statue of Harry Kalas.
The date, time, and location of the statue has yet to be announced.
This is a huge step ever since the guys creating the statue started a Facebook page asking for donations and putting together promotional outings to spread the word on the statue. Donations have been accepted over the past year.
In a press release from the Phillies, they have announced the acceptance of the Harry Kalas statue built by Larry Nolan:
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.
As always, we will keep you updated on the date, time, and location of the statue when it is announced.
Also, stop by McFadden's at the Ballpark tonight for a Harry Kalas Memorial Statue benefit. It will be at 7:30 with a silent auction and $1 bud light and hot dogs from 8-10. Keep an eye on The Philly Phans and Harry Kalas Memorial Statue's facebook pages for more information.