On this day 19 years ago the Phillies played their final game in Veteran’s Stadium. 2003 was the final season at their longtime home that they had played their home games in since 1971. The Phillies won their first World Series in The Vet. Their two best players, Mike Schmidt and Steve Carlton, played their games at The Vet. Despite its various issues, it was an iconic place in Philly Sports history. So there was nothing else for Andrew to do today than dedicate today’s Audio Vault to that last game at Veterans Stadium. Here is the lineup Andrew put together for today’s Audio Vault…
Harry Kalas’s Introduction To The Game
What better way to start an Audio Vault in honor of their final game in The Vet than with how the actual game started? Andrew went into the Vault, and found the intro from the great Harry Kalas. Harry recorded a whole into discussing the history of the iconic stadium
More Harry Kalas Talking About The Vet
One clip of Harry is never enough. So Andrew pulled more audio of Harry reminiscing about his time calling games at The Vet. And one of the things Harry talked about was his time spent with Richie Ashburn there.
Harry Introducing Anthony Gargano
Anthony himself played a part in the game. He joined Harry Kalas and Chris Wheeler as the sideline reporter, interviewing various people about the end of an era at The Vet. And even though Anthony didn’t want to listen to himself, Andrew pulled the audio of Harry introducing Anthony to the broadcast, and some of Anthony’s live interviews with players, fans, and a groundskeeper from The Vet named Froggy.
Jim Thome Gets an Ovation
During the game, Phillies Manager Larry Bowa pulled Jim Thome from the game, so the crowd could give him a proper ovation. And Andrew found the audio of that moment down in The Vault.
The Final Out In Veterans Stadium
Unfortunately, the Phillies did lose this game. It was a 5-2 loss to the Braves. They finished that season 86-76, and missed the playoffs. The final play was Chase Utley grounding into a double play.
Harry Kalas’s Final Sendoff to The Vet
And of course, we had to close it out with more Harry Kalas as he said goodbye to the place he worked for so long.
Watch the full Audio Vault segment below…