Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Yes--The Statues Are Coming
Most every single Modern Ballpark built over the past decade has included Statues Honoring Great Baseball Icons from those cities these Players represented. Willie Mays and Willie McCovey in San Francisco. Mike Schmidt and Connie Mack in Philadelphia. Honus Wagner, Roberto Clemente, Willie Stargell, Satchel Paige and a host of other Negro League Greats in Pittsburgh. That's just to name a few.
For some time, since the announcement of New Nationals Park--many Washington Fans have clamored for just such monuments at The New Ballyard being built on South Capitol Street.
Recently, The DC Commission on Arts & The Humanities requisitioned artists or teams of artists to bid on the design and creation of, at least, THREE STATUES at New Nationals Park. According to the Release--each of these monuments will be placed along the concourses and be accessible to fans.
Multiple Sources have confirmed to me that Three of Washington's Finest Home Town Baseball Heroes will be represented.
Included Baseball Greats will be:
Walter Johnson--The Greatest Pitcher of All Time and long time Washington National (Senator) from 1907-1928. An original member of The Baseball Hall of Fame.
Negro League Great--Josh Gibson of the Homestead Grays. One of the GREATEST SLUGGERS OF ALL TIME.
and finally, My Favorite Player of All TIME!!--representing My Washington Senators of my youth--"HONDO" Frank Howard.
Nothing could make me more proud than seeing "Hondo" included!!
Artist Semi-Finalists will be announced any day now. Design Proposal by late August. The Selected works will be chosen in September, with the final goal of installation of each of these Statues in August, 2008. Total Budget--$200,000.
What more could you ask for? This is EXACTLY WHAT MANY FANS WANTED TO SEE. Much credit much be given to The District of Columbia Government for moving forward on this extremely important project. Washington, DC has a rich Baseball Heritage. Now, many others will have a chance to re-live that history.
Really, its a GREAT DAY, to a Washington Baseball Fan.