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Phillies to honor Kalas this weekend

Phillies to honor Kalas this weekend

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies will honor Harry Kalas more than once this weekend.

The club will pay tribute to Kalas, who died Monday afternoon in Washington, D.C., before its 7:05 p.m. ET game Friday against the San Diego Padres at Citizens Bank Park. Fans are urged to arrive at the ballpark early that night. Details on Friday's events will be announced later.

The Kalas family and the Phillies will also have a memorial tribute for him at the ballpark Saturday. The opportunity to pay respects to Kalas will be given on a first-come, first-served basis to as many fans as possible from 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. At that time, all fans in attendance will be directed to seats for an on-field tribute that begins at 1 p.m.

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Additional information for Saturday's tribute will be announced as plans are finalized.

Funeral and burial services will be private and held early next week.

But to properly honor Kalas throughout the remainder of the 2009 season, players, coaches and manager Charlie Manuel will wear "HK" patches on their uniforms. The black circular patch will be located on the front of the jersey near the heart.

It seems a fitting tribute for a man who Phillies fans loved for 39 years.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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