Orioles will unveil statues of six Hall of Famers beyond bullpens in 2012
As part of their 20th anniversary at Camden Yards, the Orioles will be unveiling six statues in 2012 of the modern franchise’s Hall of Famers in a revamped area beyond the bullpens in left-center field.
Each of the six men who have gone into the National Baseball Hall of Fame as Orioles – Frank Robinson, Brooks Robinson, Earl Weaver, Jim Palmer, Eddie Murray and Cal Ripken Jr. – will be honored with his own free-standing bronze statue.
All six have been involved in the process, which has been ongoing for more than a year.
The Orioles are not planning to officially announce the new monuments for a few more weeks, but a club source confirmed the plans.
It has not been revealed whether the six will be unveiled simultaneously or at separate ceremonies throughout next season. The Orioles used the same sculptor for all six statues, which all will be located together in a reconfigured picnic area beyond left-center field.
The Orioles first alluded to a tribute for the Hall of Famers last month, when a statue featuring Brooks Robinson was dedicated just outside of the park. That statue was sponsored by entities independent of the franchise.
The Orioles already have retired the numbers of the six Hall of Famers – and those numbers are on display on the grounds of the park. This, however, will be a much larger tribute.