Originally posted on Philliedelphia  |  Last updated 8/10/12
Before Chase Utley's heroics and Roy Halladay's dominant start, the Phillies held their annual Wall of Fame induction, adding longtime catcher Mike Lieberthal, who played for the Phillies from 1994 to 2006. Lieberthal entered the Wall of Fame as, statisically, the best catcher in Phillies' history with the most hits (1,128), home runs (149), and games caught (1,139) of any backstop. Lieberthal opened his speech, held in front of Hall of Famers Steve Carlton and Mike Schmidt, fellow Wall of Famers like Greg Luzinski and Larry Bowa, and fellow Wall of Fame catchers Bob Boone and Darren Daulton, by thanking the Phillies' organization for taking a chance on him out of high school. He recalled his first hit, in his home state of California, at Dodger Stadium. It came in front of his family and friends and fulfilled his childhood dream. Perhaps the most touching moment was when Lieberthal thanked two members of his road with the Phillies no longer with us: Harry Kalas and John Vukov...
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