Friday, January 29, 2010
The Pittsburgh Pirates have unveiled a model of the Bill Mazeroski statue, which will be added to the three other statutes outside of PNC Park later this year. It comes in the 50th anniversary year of the Pirates 1960 World Championship. The statue harkens back to Mazeroski rounding the bases after his famous home run to capture the World Series. The statue will be placed at the end of the cul-de-sac along Mazeroski Way. The backdrop surrounding the statue will use some of the actual bricks from the Forbes Field wall. The work was created by Susan Wagner who also created the Roberto Clemente and Willie Stargell statues. Fans will be able to donate to the Mazeroski statue fund by purchasing cast aluminum ivy leaves that can be engraved and will be permanently installed along the Forbes Field wall brick backdrop. Mazeroski is the only player to hit a game-winning home run in Game 7 of a World Series. He was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001.