Courtesy of Dejan Kovacevic, we've got the skinny on the new Bill Mazeroski statue:
- The pose will be based on the indelible image of Mazeroski rounding second base -- arms fully extended to his sides, the right hand twirling the cap, running seemingly on air -- after his epic home run that beat the New York Yankees in Game 7 of the 1960 World Series.
Mazeroski stressed, as he always has, that his home run should not solely define that team. And he backed that sentiment this past weekend at the Pirates' annual fantasy camp in Bradenton, Fla., by taking polite exception to getting top billing for the event.
"They were billing it, 'Bill Mazeroski and the '60 Bucs.' It's not about that. It's about the '60 Bucs," Mazeroski said. "I was just part of it. I got one lucky hit. I get too much credit. It took a 25-man team to win it, and I was just a very, very small part of it."
Well, I sure got that one wrong. Yesterday I guessed that Mazeroski would be depicted either turning a double play (for which he was most famous, in his time) or hitting that epic home run - not running the bases. I like the originality, though. Somewhere there's probably a statue of a player stealing or sliding -- I thought of Lou Brock, but he's not ... ah, here we go: Ty Cobb, in his most famous pose.
That one's in Detroit, of course ... and here's another in Atlanta!
Anyway, I can't track down a statue depicting a player in his home run trot. So Mazeroski's will be a nice change of pace. And from all accounts, it couldn't happen to a nicer guy.