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Phillies Still Paying Tribute To Harry Kalas In The Dugout
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Ever since the untimely death of legendary Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas on April 13th, the WFC’s have been paying tribute to the man with the golden pipes by hanging his favorite suit jacket and trademark white shoes in the dugout during every game. Since I couldn’t find a good, unobstructed picture of the acknowledgment of one of the all-time greats, I never made a post about it.

Well, after re-watching Sunday night’s game against the Braves, I grabbed the following screenshot from the ESPN broadcast of Ryan Howard seated comfortably in the dugout next to Harry the K’s wardrobe:


Even if you’ve seen it before, I just figured I’d post it for posterity’s sake.

Long live Harry the K.

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  • Watrick

    Yeah, this is great. I’m going to steal this, so I can put it on my phone as the background. Thanks.

  • JayFraud

    I’m in the process of reading the tribute to Harry book that they are/were selling at WaWa. My old man picked up a copy for me before I came back down to SC this last time. I’m sure he and Whitey are enjoying watching the Fightins get ready for another stretch drive.

    We miss you HK.

  • WFC_forever

    This is why the phils are a class act, and this is not to take away from any other philly team at all. just hits home every time i see it.

  • Watrick

    The Phillies will always be the best franchise in the world in my opinion, after that memorial service. Shaking hands with David Montomgery and Bill Giles just blew me away. They were there all day.

  • maria

    Even on the road. This is a great shot too.

  • j_romes

    I wonder who’s responsibility it is to make sure the jacket and shoes get to the dugout? Ballboy?

    I look for the jacket everytime they give a dugout shot but hadn’t seen it in a while. Glad they’re still doing it – and glad HK is along for the ride this season.

  • j_romes

    who’s = whose

  • Jdashdog

    Jonathan Sanchez on the mound tonight. It was only about a month ago that Chase owned that little bitch. I look forward to more of that tonight. And a win.

  • Jayson Vooyrhees

    I have a great pic of Feliz in the dugout with Harry’s jacket, if you’d like that too, Meech (or anyone).

    I was just thinking during the past few days of their sweep of the Mets two years ago, and pulled up the highlights on It’s so hard not to cry listening to Harry call those wins, but also hard not to smile.


    Yes please. meech[dot]one[at]gmail[dot]com.

  • Jayson Vooyrhees

    Well, Gmail is being a cock right now but, here is the pic of Pete and Harry,from when the guys were in AZ.

    /vague self-promotion as well?

  • Bobby Payne

    Saw this the other night on the broadcast. I remember thinking it was an awesome shot. And I hate Joe Morgan as a broadcaster, but his anecdote about he and Harry was pretty touching.

  • Reverend Paul Revere

    As far as I’m concerned, that jacket and those shoes should be in the Phillies’ dugout for eternity.

  • bigmyc

    Who the hell has been sitting on Harry’s shoes?

  • jms

    I miss HK every HR, every play, every time a few certain someones ramble on about something senseless or I miss a double-play or Ryan Howard double/triple due to a T-Mac monologue on God knows what. Whoever said, back in April, that they could just feel the pulse of the game through Harry was right. RIP Harry, it’ll never be the same without you.

  • Jdashdog

    Just be thankful Wheels and T-Mac suck so bad, or else we might not miss Harry as much

  • Mike

    can we please just bring in Franzke already? losing harry has been made even harder by having to listen to tmac douche up the games.

  • Lynniemac

    @j_romes: I think I remember T-Mac and/or Wheels saying a while back that traveling secretary Frank Coppenbarger was the man behind the idea of and responsible for the jacket and shoes.

  • bigmyc

    In other news (although, this is a nice, enjoyable thread on a heartfelt topic) it appears as though Carlos Carrasco is getting his lunch fed to him by the Tigers in the first inning….growing pains with this kid, though entirely expected, are still guiltily nice for me to see.

  • Tug Haines

    Yeah, Carlos got fucking shelled.

  • Gonzo

    Carlos gave up homers to the first two batter he faced. Ouch.

  • Gonzo

    King Cole is dealin’ tonight.

  • Torr

    My family was neighbors with Harry and his family in the suburb of Philadelphia where he lived. My brother and I used to babysit Brad and Todd Kalas when they were mere tykes (they’re in their 40’s now…..). The Kalas’ would take us to the games to help “wrangle” little Todd and Brad – maybe 20 to 25 times a season (waiting in the clubhouse for Harry to finish his post-game duties allowed me to get autographs from the likes of Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente and other greats – a thrill for a young baseball fan). What a thrill it was to ride down to the ballpark and back all those times in Harry’s blue with white vinyl top Oldsmobile Toronado listening to Harry talk about the game we just watched. He loved to smoke a particular cigar and had a very distinctive cologne that, if I smelled it today, I’d think of Harry. He truly was one of the greats! Interestingly, my family also knew the Ashburns. Never went to games with Richie, but knowing two of the three great Phillie broadcasters (and famous “Whiz Kid”) – wow! I met By Saam once, but can’t say I knew him like Harry and Rich. Harry’s death this past April felt like I lost a little piece of my younger self. Truly. And, I DO remember his white shoes!

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