Kalas Statue in the Making


Sculptor Lawrence Nowlan working on a statue of legendary Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas. If donations raise about $80,000, the clay version will be duplicated in bronze and given to the Phillies for display at Citizens Bank Park.

Philadelphia Inquirer 

A Vermont sculptor is working on a clay model of Harry Kalas. His vision is to present the statue in a bronze form to the Phillies organization. Lawrence J. Nolan is the sculptor and he hopes to be able to remember the late Kalas by having him join Richie Ashburn, Mike Schmidt, Robin Roberts, and Steve Carlton in a statue form for fans to post with.

If $80,000 are donated to him, the statue will be duplicated in bronze so that it could be presented to the Phillies organization. You can give $10 just by texting “HARRY” to 20222. Credit cards and Pay Pal are also accepted at www.harrykalasstatue.com, and checks can be sent to Dear Harry Incorporated, 416 Sawmill Court, Norristown, PA 19401. Over $25,000 has already been donated.

There are two things I find wrong with this: Why didn’t the Phillies do this prior to his death (along with him being honored on the Wall of Fame in Ashburn Alley) and why hasn’t the organization already chipped in most of the money? Do they really expect fans to give them an $80,000 statue out of their own pockets? Are the raised ticket prices, 73/81 home games being sold out already for 2010, and all the money made in concessions and merchandise not enough?

We love HK no doubt and we are willing to donate money to have him immortalized in bronze on the outside of the stadium or in Ashburn Alley. But the Phillies organization should convince us that they do love Harry as much as we do and chip in!

3 thoughts on “Kalas Statue in the Making

  1. […] John wrote on his blog today, a sculptor is working on a Harry Kalas statue for outside Citizens Bank Park.  However he […]

  2. J.E.

    73 of 81 home games sold out last year, not this year yet.

  3. Yes you’re right. I miss-read somewhere. Anyway, here is a fun tidbit from the DelCo Times: http://www.delcotimes.com/articles/2010/02/19/news/doc4b7e0e70729ea316560531.txt

    The Phillies sold another 45,000 tickets Thursday, bringing their 2010 total to more than 2.8 million.

    With more than six weeks to go until the team comes north, the Phillies have already sold more tickets than in all but five of their 127 seasons. They are approximately 400,000 tickets ahead of the 2009 pace, a record season in which they drew 3.6 million and sold out 73 times.

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