|Monday, July 25, 2011 – Scott Wykoff|
|Work is underway on a statue paying tribute to Brooks Robinson in Baltimore.The Dorothy L. and Henry A. Rosenberg, Jr. Foundation and The Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation today announced that construction has begun for the statue honoring Baltimore Orioles’ legendary third baseman and National Baseball Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson.
The bronze statue will stand about nine feet tall and depict Robinson at third base preparing to throw out a runner at first base. It will weigh over 1,500 pounds and be positioned on the plaza between Washington Boulevard and Russell Street, directly across from the northwest side of Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
Its base is approximately 25′ x 25′ and will include a series of risers leading to the pedestal, which is just over four feet high. Both the risers and pedestal will feature text about Brooks and his career.
The sculptor is Baltimore native and world-renowned artist, Joseph Sheppard, who is presently completing work on the statue in Italy. The statue will be unveiled in Baltimore at a ceremony on October 22, 2011. Upon completion, the statue will be gifted to the City of Baltimore.
“Brooks is more than just a baseball player, he’s an iconic figure who is a tremendous ambassador for the City of Baltimore,” stated Rosenberg, a 20 year friend of Brooks Robinson. “While Brooks was a phenomenal ballplayer, he’s an even greater human being. From player to broadcaster, philanthropist to local resident, Brooks has been a pillar of this community for generations and we wanted to give fans and people in general an opportunity to say ‘thank you’ by erecting this statue in his honor.”
“Brooks Robinson defined the third base position in baseball and we are pleased to be involved in helping preserve his standing among the greats in our state’s sports heritage, said Mike Gibbons, executive director of the Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation. “It’s fitting that this statue honoring ‘Mr. Oriole’ will be positioned in an area that enables Brooks to welcome fans as they arrive in Baltimore and to the ballpark.”