Phillies plan public memorial for Kalas

PHILADELPHIA (AP) " Harry Kalas fans will have a chance to pay their respects to the legendary Phillies broadcaster.

The Phillies and Kalas family announced that a public memorial for Kalas will be held Saturday at Citizens Bank Park. Fans will be welcome from 8 a.m. until 12:45 p.m., when all fans in attendance will be directed to their seats for an on-field tribute at 1 p.m.

The Phillies host the San Diego Padres at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday.

Known for his signature "Outta here!" home run calls, Kalas died Monday after collapsing in the broadcast booth before the Phillies' 9-8 victory over the Washington Nationals. He was 73.

Beverly Fields, a spokeswoman at the Washington D.C. chief medical examiner's office, said Tuesday that an autopsy showed Kalas had atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. The disease, in which plaque buildup restricts blood flow in arteries, is a major cause of heart attacks and strokes.

The Phillies will wear a black, circular "HK" patch this season on the front of their jerseys, near the heart, the team announced.

The team also urged fans coming to Friday night's Phillies-Padres game to arrive early for a pre-game tribute to Kalas. The Phillies said more details will be announced later this week.

Kalas is survived by his wife and three sons, including one " Todd " who is a broadcaster for the Tampa Bay Rays.

A private funeral service and burial is planned for next week.


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