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9.18.2016

Phillies Juan Samuel Induction Ceremony, August 8, 2008

As the 2016 regular season comes to a close, we will take a look back at one of my personal favorite memories as a Phils fan. The Phillies Wall of Fame Induction ceremonies are always fun to see. Viewing past Phillies greats gathering for the induction ceremony is always fun. This ceremony really stuck out to me because it was the last time that I saw legendary broadcaster Harry Kalas speak in public. We saw him one more time, in the Phillies 2008 Championship Parade, before he passed away the next spring. The loss of Harry Kalas still hurts. 
Harry Kalas calling the last out of the 2008 World Series
As someone who grew up with Harry Kalas calling every Phillies game, it was easy to take his awesome broadcasting personality and voice for granted. I was relatively young, but I remember Richie Ashburn, longtime Kalas partner, and when he passed in 1997.
Harry announcing the passing of legendary Phillies player, announcer, and hall of fame Richie Ashbury

Harry Kalas was the voice of the Phillies. In the many, many rough times as a Phillies fan, in the worst of games, Harry made watching and listening to these games enjoyable. Juan Samuel was an absolute legend, and one of the best Phillies players of all time, but this memory sticks out the most to me as the last Wall of Fame induction that Harry Kalas announced. This was a special day.

Juan continued on to rejoin the Phillies organization and is currently the third base coach.
No banner for 2008 yet!
Juan Samuel Induction Ceremony
It is always awesome watching the sun set at Citizens Bank Park
The Phils failed to deliver after 12 innings against the Pirates, but in the end it did not matter. The Phils won the World Series that year and it was amazing.

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