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Brooks Robinson statue unveiled at Camden Yards

Brooks Robinson statue unveiled at Camden Yards

Brooks Robinson statue unveiled at Camden Yards

"To all my friends out there, you've always been good to me. I just want you to know I have never considered you fans. I've always considered you my friends.  Thank you for the way you've treated me over the years," Robinson said, choking back tears. “Never did I expect to have a statue, let alone a statue 300 yards from a statue of the greatest player in major league history – Babe Ruth. And another 300 or 400 yards is the statue of the greatest quarterback in NFL history, Johnny Unitas, a dear friend of mind that I miss very much.”

"The statue depicts Robinson preparing to throw out a runner at first base. It weighs more than 1,500 pounds and is positioned on a base that is approximately 25 feet by 25 feet, with a series of risers leading to the 4 ½-tall pedestal. Highlights and statistics from Robinson’s Hall of Fame career adorn the risers and pedestal.

"I'm amazed [the sculptor] gave me a little more hair than I deserved," Robinson said of the statue. "We had a long talk about that."

Robinson played 23 seasons with the Orioles and was the 1964 American League Most Valuable Player and 1970 World Series MVP."

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By Truth and rumors
Monday, 24 Oct 2011

 

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