The nine-foot-tall, 1,500-pound bronze statue will be located on a plaza between Russell Street and Washington Boulevard, northwest of the ballpark. It will serve as a gateway to downtown Baltimore for cars arriving on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and other access roads from the south.
The statue depicts the 16-time Gold Glove Award winner in the field at third base, ball in hand, preparing to make a throw. It was constructed in Pietrasanta, Italy, by Baltimore sculptor Joseph Sheppard, who began working on Robinson's likeness in June 2010. It will stand on a 4 1/2-foot-tall base that will feature panels highlighting Robinson's accomplishments.
Nicknamed "The Human Vacuum Cleaner" for his impeccable defense, Robinson played his entire 23-season Major League career for the Orioles. He was an 18-time All-Star, two-time World Series champion, the 1970 World Series Most Valuable Player and the 1964 American League MVP. The Orioles retired Robinson's uniform No. 5 at the conclusion of his final Major League season in 1977. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1983.
A ceremony dedicating the statue, featuring Maryland governor Martin O'Malley, senator Barbara Mikulski, Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, and National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum president Jeff Idelson, is scheduled to take place at noon ET.
Matt Weber is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less